The typical blind spot behind a sedan is an area of 12 feet – while pickup trucks can have a blind spot as large as 30 feet. When you are backing up a car or truck, that’s a lot of room for a child, animal, or other object to hide. Blind spots also affect your safety when changing lanes on a multiple lane highway – almost every vehicle has an area to either side that will not show a car in the sideview or rearview mirrors. While there is little we can do to completely remove blind spots, here are some tips from a NY car accident attorney for preventing blind spot car accidents:
Get a Rear View Camera
All cars will have rear view cameras on the back of the vehicle and an interior monitor to enable viewing of the back of your car by 2014. Many car makers are releasing new models that include the camera systems already, so if you’re in the market for a new car – consider getting one with a backup camera system. If you’re not ready to buy a new car, you can purchase just the camera systems for under $100 and install them yourself.
Remember to Physically Look
While the rear view and side mirrors on vehicles are extremely useful when backing up and changing lanes – you can usually see the blind spots that the mirror doesn’t show you simply by turning your head for a quick look over your shoulder. Before backing up or changing lanes, avoid car accidents by checking all mirrors and physically looking over your shoulder to make sure there are no cars or pedestrians or objects in your intended path.