A vehicle’s blind spot is any area around the car that the driver cannot see using their rear or side-view mirrors. It means that they cannot react to prevent a collision or any potential accident since they are not aware of their surroundings at the time.
Given that blind spots exist in all cars, it is important to always be on the lookout and avoid them. The rule of thumb is that the bigger the vehicle, the more prominent its blind spot. For example, large commercial trucks have a significantly bigger blind spot than standard cars, and to be on the safe side, you should never assume your visibility to the other driver. If you can’t see them, there is a high possibility that they cannot see you either.
Who is at fault in a blind spot accident?
Determining fault in a blind spot accident is not so straightforward. It all depends on the circumstances of the accident. For instance, the driver who had their view obstructed could have had the right of way. However, a blind spot cannot absolve a driver of responsibility if they were at fault. This is because they owe other motorists and road users a duty of care which includes being aware of their environment at all times.
Under Washington state laws, your fault or contribution to the accident will proportionately affect the damages you may recover.
Were you involved in such an accident?
If you were caught in another vehicle’s blind spot and sustained injuries, you need to take steps towards protecting your rights. While you deserve compensation for your injuries, how you navigate your case will determine the settlement awarded for your injuries. Therefore, it is advisable to prepare well with the necessary information before setting out.