Complacency is a huge problem among motorists today. Most people take driving for granted and fail to appreciate the potential dangers all around while driving a car. Perhaps that is why so many accidents in Illinois happen when motorists fail to check their blind spots and hit something. Thousands of people each year are either injured or killed because a driver fails to check the blind spots in the vehicle and collide with a person, motor vehicle, bicycle, or motorcycle who is just going about his or her business.
Drivers can compensate for blind spots by being conscientious motorists. Whether riding on an interstate, state road, or local thoroughfare, any driver who is changing lanes, backing, or turning must take a moment to check their blind spots to ensure the area where they want to go is safe.
Blind spots are in the same location regardless of the vehicle. The difference among vehicles is the relative size of the blind spots. Any motorist who has a valid license to drive in Illinois should know that behind his or her left shoulder, behind his or her right shoulder, and immediately in front and back of the car are blind spots. The blind spots in a pickup truck, for example, will be in the same location, except that the bind spots close to the front and rear bumpers might be more extensive.
Drivers, therefore, must look over their shoulders when changing lanes to make sure the path is clear. Additionally, drivers must check their sideview mirrors before changing lanes as well. Doing so will help drivers slow down and be confident that the road is open. Additionally, drivers must take care when backing. Looking in the review mirror is insufficient. Drivers must use their side mirrors and turn over their right shoulder to see if anything is in the way and anyone who fails to do so must be held accountable for the injuries or fatality caused by their negligence.