Driving on the roads and highways in California can expose you to many hazards. One of the most common is one that very few people ever contemplate. Accidents that occur in the blind spot of a large commercial truck can injure you in a flash. You may not even realize what is about to happen until it suddenly does. You are then left wondering how to respond.
What causes blind spot accidents?
Car accidents can occur in the blind spot of a truck for several reasons. The most likely reason is that your vehicle is driving directly alongside of a truck. In this position, it’s impossible for the driver to see you in their rear-view mirror. They also can’t see you from the side because their eyes are focused on the road.
Blind spots can also be created by the type of mirrors a truck may use. Issues may be caused by the chassis columns that surround their side doors and windows.
The size of the vehicle and the driver themselves may also play a part. This causes the precise extent of the blind spot to vary from driver to driver. These variations cause an uncertain situation that is best avoided. The most practical solution is keeping a safe distance from the truck.
What can you do after an accident?
The number of blind spot accidents across the U.S. in recent years was listed as 800,000. This represents a great many insurance claims. Only 300 of these collisions indeed proved to be fatal. However, the number of injuries and property damage was immense. This is not the type of accident anyone should think less of.
Seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Even if you don’t think you are injured, you need to get any possible damage looked at by a doctor. Also be sure to get statements from police, emergency medical personnel, and eyewitnesses. If you are wondering what to do next, you can contact us to get professional assistance in filing your claim.