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What is a blind spot accident, and who is liable?

A blind spot accident occurs when a driver fails to see another vehicle or pedestrian in their blind spot, resulting in a collision. Blind spots are areas around a vehicle that you cannot see, even with the use of mirrors. They are present in most cars, although technology is fast catching up. Usually, the bigger the car, the bigger the blind spot.

These areas are particularly dangerous because they can obscure other vehicles, pedestrians and objects from the driver’s view, making it difficult for one to take evasive action to avoid a collision. So, if you are involved in a blind spot accident with another driver, who is at fault?

Determining liability in a blind spot accident

Part of settling car accident claims involves assessing each party’s degree of responsibility for the crash. It can be challenging because everything is not always straightforward, as with blind spot accidents.

Like all other crashes, the moments before the crash are crucial in establishing fault. For instance, if the driver who caused the accident failed to check their blind spot before changing lanes or turning, they will likely be liable for the collision. Surveillance footage, police reports or testimony from accident reconstruction experts can help determine each driver’s liability.

Sometimes, liability for a blind spot accident may extend beyond the drivers involved. The manufacturer or distributor may be liable for the collision should a faulty vehicle component, such as a defective mirror or sensor, lead to the accident.

Protect your interests after a car accident

Your level of fault or liability will determine the final settlement, and you do not want to bear the other driver’s responsibility. Therefore, it helps to have adequate legal representation at every stage of the claims process, including the investigations, to help your case.