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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Motor Vehicle Blind Spots and New York Car Accident Cases

Look straight ahead and take note of the things that you can see clearly in your field of vision, as well as objects that are noticeable in your peripheral vision but which you would need to turn your head to see in more detail. No animal species has truly panoramic vision, although what they can see from one perspective varies from one species to another. Most carnivorous animals have their eyes positioned so that what is directly ahead of them is most clearly in focus; the position of the eyes of alligators and crocodiles are such that they can see tasty creatures on the riverbank, while the crocodilian itself is mostly submerged in the water.

Conversely, prey animals, such as mice and rabbits, tend to have their eyes set farther apart so that they have a wider field of vision, enabling them to notice scary beasts lurking to the side of them. Chameleons and insects can see in many different directions at once. Humans, however, are the only species tasked with driving a car, and when you are driving, you are responsible for seeing moving or stationary objects that are in the path of a potential collision so that you can avoid them, but some places near your car are very hard to see. If you got injured in a car accident where one car was in the blind spot of the other, contact a New York car accident lawyer.

How Much of a Problem are Blind Spots?

The blind spots are the places you cannot see through your windshield, rearview mirror, and side view mirrors while you are driving because the car’s frame or the rearview mirror mount is blocking your view. Adjusting your mirrors properly before you begin your trip can help reduce the blind spots. If you need to change lanes or reverse, you should change your body position to where you can see the places that were originally in your blind spots before you merge or back up to ensure that you do not hit a car, bicycle, or anything else in your path.

In most cases, a car does not stay in your blind spot for very long unless it is at exactly the right distance to be in your blind spot and unless you and the other driver maintain the same speed for a long period of time. If you are driving on a road with traffic lights, the car diagonally behind you will go in and out of your blind spot as traffic speeds up and slows down; eventually, you will know it is there even when you cannot see it well.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda About Car Accidents Involving Blind Spots

A personal injury lawyer can help you if you got injured in a preventable accident because you were in another car’s blind spot or it was in your blind spot. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.


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