There are a number of reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur in Maryland. For example, you may be at a higher risk of a crash simply because you are traveling on a congested road or because weather conditions aren’t ideal. However, you may also be in a crash because another person, vehicle or object was in your car’s blind spot.
Essentially, a blind spot is any area that you can’t see because your vehicle is blocking your view. For example, it can be especially difficult to see cars that are right beside yours as you can’t see them out of your mirrors. The larger your car or truck is, the larger your blind spots are going to be. Furthermore, it can be harder to take evasive action if your vehicle is too large to move in a timely manner.
While blind spot monitors can make you aware of things in your path, you can’t trust them completely. Instead, you should still look to where you want to go to ensure that the path is clear before making a lane change or a turn. Relying on technology is generally not a defense to negligence claims that arise after a motor vehicle accident.
The easiest way to avoid a collision of any kind is to remain aware of your surroundings. Driving while distracted by passengers or while under the influence of alcohol may make it harder to notice that a car has changed lanes or has taken other actions that might jeopardize your safety. You are also encouraged to keep music to a reasonable volume as loud music can be considered a distraction.
If you are involved in a crash, you may experience a variety of injuries as well as property damage or loss. Assuming that another party is liable for the accident that resulted in a financial loss, you may be entitled to compensation. You may receive a financial award either through a negotiated settlement or at trial.
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