Every day, drivers make their way to work, drop off the kids at school, attend appointments or visit with family and friends. While they are traveling on the roads, drivers do their best to be safe at all times. Unfortunately, some accidents are very difficult to avoid. Chicago car accidents resulting from blind spots are very common due to the fact that sometimes there is no way to avoid these accidents. New drivers and those with eyesight problems are particularly susceptible to being involved in blind spot accidents.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is familiar with Chicago car accidents involving blind-spots. If you or your loved one sustained an injury in this type of accident our office can help you get the compensation you are entitled to under Illinois law. We invite you to contact us for a free case review to discuss your options
Blind spots are not limited to just trucking accidents. While it is true that many trucking accidents are caused by a trucker’s inability to see his or her blind spots, these are some other types of accidents that can result from a failure to check blind spots:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Moped accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
A failure to check blind spots can have devastating consequences for the victims of these accidents. If you have been injured in an auto accident involving the negligence of another driver, then please feel free to contact our Illinois auto accident lawyers for immediate assistance with your blind spot car accident case. We can inform you of your legal rights and help you assert these rights. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, and this means that you do not owe legal fees unless there is a settlement or damages award.Safety Tips to Remember for Preventing Blind Spot Collisions
Drivers can equip themselves with the following safety tips to help prevent blind spot accidents. It is important to remember to act as a defensive driver on the road. You never know whether other drivers on the road may be intoxicated, fatigued, experiencing road rage, inexperienced or even under the influence of drugs. These factors can all impact one’s ability to perceive blind spots. If you notice that another driver is swerving, then you should take care in switching lanes or driving beside this type of driver on the road. Here are some other safety tips to remember:
- Always be aware of the drivers surrounding you
- Be sure to check blind spots using your mirrors and checking behind you if necessary
- Speak with an experienced driver if you need to learn more about checking your blind spots
- Slow down if you are following a truck
- Watch out for odd behavior of other cars on the road
New and inexperienced drivers can benefit from the additional wisdom that experienced drivers have to impart about checking for blind spots. If you are a new driver on the road, then you can become more comfortable with driving by speaking with family members, friends, driving instructors or other individuals who may have helpful tips for you to remember in sharing the road with large trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles.Risk Factors Contributing to Blind Spots Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving is one of the leading factors causing vehicle crashes every year. In 2008, there were a total of 34,017 vehicle crashes that occurred. About 16 percent of accidents resulted from distracted driving behaviors, and these behaviors included a failure to look behind for blind spots.
Illinois has been a leader in implementing laws aimed at decreasing the number of accidents caused by distracted driving. In 2013, Illinois introduced laws that prohibited the use of cell phones in construction zones and that banned texting while driving. Both of these laws will likely ensure that drivers remain focused on the road and their duty to check blind spots.
Here are some of the other risk factors that contribute to blind spot accidents:
- Poor vision
- Failure to respond quickly due to elder age
- Inexperience in perception of another driver’s speed or distance
- Driver distractions including listening to loud music, conversing with passengers, texting and talking on a cell phone
- Lack of knowledge/failure to be informed about checking blind spots
Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are ready to assess your Chicago blind-spot accident case. We strive to provide justice to our clients when they have been involved in a blind spot car accident and have suffered injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence. We believe in helping our clients to the best of our legal abilities, expertise and knowledge. Please contact one of our Illinois motor vehicle attorneys to receive a free case evaluation here.
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