Blind Spot Car Accidents
We have all experienced that heart stopping moment while switching lanes when we realize that another driver is in our blind spot. While many of us are able to avoid collisions, it is unfortunately not always possible and can result in severe injuries. If you were injured in a blind spot accident on a highway or freeway in Houston, it is critical to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.
Who is at Risk for Causing Blind Spot Car Accidents?
Although anyone can be involved in a blind spot accident, there are certain drivers who are more at risk than others, including:
- Inexperienced drivers who are new to driving on busy roads and freeways;
- Elderly drivers who tend to have a slower reaction time and may suffer from poor eyesight;
- Those who text while driving;
- Drivers who change multiple lanes at once;
- Drivers who weave in and out of their lanes in order to beat traffic; and
- Those who drive while distracted, which can include listening to loud music or talking to passengers.
Drivers whose actions cause accidents can and should be held accountable for their negligence by compensating any victims for their medical bills and vehicle repair.
Blind Spot Warning Systems and Mirrors
In an effort to prevent these types of accidents, many car manufacturers have begun installing blind spot warning systems (BWS) in their vehicles. These devices provide both a visual and an audible warning to drivers when a car is in their blind spot. These types of systems can help drivers avoid making unsafe lane changes. However, not all cars, especially older models, are equipped with these devices. In these cases, drivers have the option of purchasing either interior or exterior blind spot mirrors. Interior products include clip-on mirrors that attach to each side of a car’s rearview mirror, enabling drivers to see both of their blind spots. Exterior mirrors, on the other hand, clip on or stick to both side mirrors and allow drivers to adjust them to see blind spots. Unfortunately, despite the existence and use of these types of products, an alarming number of blind spot accidents still occur in Houston.
Why are Blind Spot Car Accidents a Problem in Houston?
Houston covers a large area of land, approximately 625 miles, which means that many residents are required to drive long distances to get to and from work. This in turn, means that drivers are on the road more and so have a higher chance of being involved in an accident. Houston is also home to a vast network of freeways and toll roads. A section of Interstate 10, for instance, which is located west of downtown Houston and intersects with the Beltway 8 Sam Houston tollway is the widest freeway in the country with a total of 26 lanes. This means that Houston drivers are constantly changing lanes in order to exit the freeway or move over into lanes that merge with other freeways.
Call an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a blind spot accident, please contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. at 713-221-6800 to speak with a dedicated car accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.