Vehicles of all sizes have blind areas where you can’t see other people, objects or cars. Although there are steps that you can take to spot objects that might be in your blind spots, taking these actions may not eliminate the risk of a crash. Michigan law requires that you remain at the scene of a crash regardless of why it happens or who might be at fault.
Minimizing the risk of a blind spot crash
You may be able to reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents by simply looking out of your window. This allows you to get a wider field of vision compared to just looking at a rear or side mirror. However, it’s still important to ensure that your car’s mirrors are installed and positioned properly. Finally, if your car has a blind spot monitor, make sure that it is enabled and working correctly.
Why blind spots occur
Blind spots typically occur when a car is traveling directly beside your own. When this happens, you can’t see the other vehicle using a rear mirror or with your eyes while you’re looking through the windshield. Furthermore, as your attention should be on what is going on in front of your car, you might not be able to see a car out of your side mirrors until it’s time to make a lane change.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation as the result of settlement or a jury award. Compensation may help you pay medical bills or recoup wages lost while out of work recovering from your injuries. In Michigan, you typically have three years from the date of a car accident to file a lawsuit.