Blind Spot Car Accidents: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

December 19, 2014

Check your blind spots and mirrors before turning or changing lanes – that’s what all drivers learn during driver’s education before they are even issued a driver’s license. Despite such training, however, it can be easy for drivers to:

  • Get a little too comfortable and/or careless behind the wheel.
  • Forget or choose not to check their blind spots.
  • End up causing blind spot car accidents.

In this three-part blog series, we’ll highlight some fascinating information and facts regarding blind spot car accidents. If you have been hurt in a blind spot car accident or in any type of traffic accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland car accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.

Fact 1 – Blind spot car accidents occur more often than you may realize.

When human error contributes to blind spot car accidents, injured people can turn to the Savage Law Firm for help with their financial recovery.

When human error contributes to blind spot car accidents, injured people can turn to the Savage Law Firm for help with their financial recovery.

In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, approximately 840,000 blind spot car accidents occur each year in the U.S. In other words, annually in America, there are:

  • More than 2,300 blind spot car accidents every day
  • Nearly 2 blind spot car accidents every minute.

Generally, blind spot car accidents are most likely to occur:

  • In urban centers
  • At busy intersections
  • During rush hour traffic
  • In busy parking lots
  • Anywhere where moving vehicles and pedestrians are often in contact.

Fact 2 – In many cases, blind spot car accidents are caused by some type of human error.

Although any number of factors can contribute to the occurrence of blind spot car accidents, quite often, human error is involved. In fact, it’s not uncommon for blind spot car accidents to be caused by drivers themselves who simply have not checked their mirrors and/or blind spots before maneuvering their vehicles. Additionally, however, it’s also not uncommon for the drivers who are careless in this way to also be:

  • Intoxicated
  • Texting
  • Otherwise distracted
  • Fatigued
  • Intentionally aggressive or reckless.

When the following factors may also be at play in a given situation, the likelihood of blind spot car accidents can increase significantly:

  • There is insufficient lighting at night so drivers can’t see if there may be vehicles, people or other entities present in their blind spots.
  • Other motorists may drive without their lights on (or with broken vehicle lights) at night, also making it difficult for other drivers to spot them in their blind spots.
  • Inexperienced motorists may fail to yield the right-of-way to other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.

For our continued discussion regarding blind spot car accidents, check out the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon!

Portland Car Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

Have you or someone you love been hurt in a blind spot car accident? If so, contact the Portland car accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm for help with your financial recovery.

To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.

We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.

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