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Determining fault in a blind spot accident

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2022 | Auto Accidents

The area around a vehicle that a driver cannot see using their mirror is known as a blind spot. These spots exist in all vehicles despite technological advancements in vehicle safety, and usually, the bigger the car, the bigger its blindspot.

When a motorist is in a vehicle’s blind spot, anything can happen since they are not visible to the other driver. In the event of a crash, it may not be easy to ascertain the driver at fault. 

Establishing the at-fault driver

Being in a vehicle’s blind spot is not an offense. Therefore, you cannot carry the blame simply because you were in the other vehicle’s blind spot. Other factors will come into play, such as:

  • Who had the right of way at the time of the crash?
  • Did anyone violate traffic rules?
  • Was either driver on their phone or speeding when the crash occurred?

All these may be helpful in determining the driver at fault in a blind spot accident. In addition, police reports, eyewitness statements, or even surveillance footage can help shed light on the matter. Accident reconstruction experts may also be involved if the circumstances of the accident remain unclear.

Why is fault important in a car accident claim?

Fault or negligence is a big part of any personal injury claim. The compensation you are entitled to receive is relative to your contribution to the crash, in line with Florida’s car accident claims. For example, if you were 30% responsible, you can only claim 70% of the damages awarded.

Therefore, it is crucial to get more information immediately if you are involved in an accident. That’s the best way to preserve your interests.