Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents Resulting from Failure to Check Blind Spots
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 because sometimes there is no way to avoid these accidents. New drivers and those with eyesight problems are particularly susceptible to causing 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 obtain the compensation you are entitled to receive 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, there are some other types of accidents that can result from a failure to check a blind spot before moving the vehicle. Some of these include:
- 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 accident victims. 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 your rights. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe our firm any legal fees or payment unless there is a negotiated financial settlement or jury mandated damages award.
Safety Tips to Remember to Prevent 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 motorists sharing the road may be intoxicated, fatigued, experiencing road rage, inexperienced behind the wheel or under the influence of drugs. These factors can all impact any driver's ability to perceive blind spots. If you notice that another motorist is swerving, you should change lanes to avoid driving beside their vehicle. Here are some other safety tips to remember:
- Always be aware of the other motorists surrounding you
- Be sure to check blind spots using your mirrors
- 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 and trucks on the road
New and inexperienced drivers can benefit from the additional wisdom that experienced drivers can 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 that cause vehicle crashes every year. In 2008, there were a total of 34,017 vehicle crashes involving injury, death and property damage. About 16 percent of accidents were caused by distracted driving behaviors including a failure to look around the vehicle's blind spots.
The Illinois legislature has implemented laws aimed at decreasing the number of accidents caused by distracted driving. In 2013, state lawmakers introduced bills that prohibited the use of cell phones in construction zones and banned texting while driving. Both of these laws were enacted to ensure that drivers remain focused on the road and routinely 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 determining another driver’s speed or distance
- Driver distractions including listening to loud music, conversing with passengers, eating and grooming, along with texting and talking on a cell phone
- Lack of knowledge/failure to be informed about checking blind spots
Contact Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers to Discuss an Accident Involving a Blind-Spot Car Crash
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 successfully resolve our clients' cases using our extensive legal abilities, expertise and comprehensive understanding of civil tort law. Please contact our Illinois motor vehicle attorneys to receive a free case evaluation here.
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