Changing lanes remains routine actions drivers perform during their everyday commutes. While most lane changes happen without incident, numerous collisions on New York roads could result from doing so and not seeing someone in a blind spot. Blind spots can be worse depending on the vehicle, and all drivers should exercise care and attention while behind the wheel.
Blind spots and lane changes
Blind spots refer to areas where a driver’s field of vision is obscured or outsight blocked. A side blind spot that affects lane changes represents a typical example. Side blind spots may exist on both the right and left, and a driver could hit a bicyclist or pedestrian even while slowly attempting to pull into a parking spot.
A large truck could have significant blind spots in the front and rear. The front blind spot might derive from the excessive cab height that impacts the driver’s field of vision. Any vehicle towing a trailer may contend with blind spots the trailer creates. Again, extreme care becomes necessary when unable to see other vehicles, pedestrians bicyclists clearly.
Blind spots and negligence
Drivers who cause motor vehicle accidents after hitting someone in a blind spot may face civil lawsuits. A driver must look before changing lanes and concentrate on the road. Relying too much on a vehicle’s tech features and not taking all necessary steps, such as looking before changing lanes, could be negligent behavior. Negligence then serves as the basis for a civil lawsuit.
A driver who causes an accident may face civil litigation from injured victims seeking compensation for their damages. Decreased income from missed work would be an example of such losses.