You enjoy an excellent view of all that is around you when riding your motorcycle in Manassas. Sadly, the design of traditional vehicles prohibits drivers from seeing as much. This contributes directly to a common hazard: blind spots. Many of those that we here at The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC have worked with following motorcycle accidents have heard the same thing from the drivers that hit them: “I did not see you.” Knowing where vehicle blind spots are may make you more aware of the mistakes that may lead a driver to hit you.
The most common blind spots on vehicles are the rear quarter blind spots, which are at rear of both sides of a vehicle. In this particular driving zone, you are past the view afforded to a driver by his or her rearview mirrors, so a simple check of them will not alert him or her of your presence. Only by turning his or her head will he or she see you.
Another common blind spot drivers deal with is the area immediately behind their vehicles. Depending on the design and body style of a car, a driver may not see you approaching and attempt to turn into a lane you are entering. Study data shared by Consumer Reports showed these blind zones to be between 12-24 feet for small sedans to as long as 24-35 feet for pickups.
A driver suddenly turning into you while you are positioned in one of these blind spots may be an indication he or she did not check to see if his or her path was clear (which is information that may be used to support a liability claim). More information on determining the causes of motorcycle accidents can be found here on our site.