There are certain vehicle designs that make pedestrian accidents more likely. In the past, one such design was the blind spot behind the vehicle, which led to people backing into pedestrians on sidewalks or in parking lots. As a result, all new vehicles in the United States now have backup cameras, which have gone a long way to prevent these accidents.
But that’s not the only blind spot that can cause issues for drivers and pedestrians. In many cases, pedestrians can be hidden by the A-pillar of the car itself, which can lead a driver who is making a turn to strike a pedestrian without ever seeing them.
What is the A-pillar?
The A-pillar is simply the support pillar on the side of the front window.
It’s called an A-pillar because there are two pillars on each side of the window that go up and connect above it. This is a very important structural part of the vehicle, designed to protect the occupants in the event of a crash – especially a rollover crash. But these A-pillars have to be somewhat wide just to be strong enough to hold the vehicle, and they get even wider when manufacturers add in the aesthetic design of the car.
As such, if someone turns without being careful to lean and look around the A-pillar, they may not see a pedestrian who is in a crosswalk. This often happens when drivers are turning left. If they don’t see the pedestrian until the collision, it can lead to severe injuries or even a fatal crash.
Those who’ve been injured or who have lost loved ones in serious accidents need to know about their options to seek compensation. While nothing can bring a loved one back, financial compensation can help your family find some security as you move forward.