Each year in the U.S., approximately 840,000 blind spot motor vehicle accidents occur, and these collision result in about 300 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While blind spot motor vehicle accidents can be serious and deadly – especially when larger vehicles like commercial trucks collide with smaller vehicles like compact cars or motorcycles, they are almost entirely preventable if drivers are paying attention to the task of driving and are careful to be aware of other motorists around them.
Risk Factors for Blind Spot Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some of the factors that can significantly increase the risk that motorists will be involved in blind spot motor vehicle accidents (include) but are not limited to:
- Driver intoxication, which slows down driver’s reaction times and makes it less likely that motorists will check their blind spots before changing lanes or turning
- Driver distraction, which can prevent drivers from being able to quickly respond when other drivers may be changing lanes without having checked their blind spots
- Driver fatigue, which increases the chances that drivers will drift out of their lane of traffic and, as a result, cause blind spot accidents
- Driver inexperience, which makes it more likely that motorists will forget to check their blind spots before maneuvering their vehicle.
Blind Spot Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
When blind spot motor vehicle accidents occur, some of the most common injuries that motorists and others involved in these collisions may sustain can include (but are not limited to):
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries (especially if the blind spot car accident causes a car to crash into a fixed object or other vehicles on the road)
- Back and spine injuries.
Look for our upcoming Part 2 of this blog for tips on what you can do to reduce your risk of getting into blind spot accidents.
St. Louis Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured after being involved in a blind spot motor vehicle accident or in any type of traffic accident, contact the St. Louis motor vehicle accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives.