The blind spot. It is that area on a vehicle where a driver cannot see other vehicles in their side view mirror. This is a dangerous spot for any vehicle to be in, but it is particularly dangerous for a motorcyclist.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 840,000 blind spot accidents occur each year in the United States. We all know how this happens. The vehicle driver changes lanes or merges onto a highway and they fail to take the extra step of looking over their shoulder to see if a vehicle is next to them.
What is even more scary today is that not only do people forget to look, now they are consciously not looking because they are relying on their blind spot indicators in their vehicle to tell them if a vehicle is next to them. As a motorcyclist, this does not make us safer.
The blind spot indicator in vehicles is not fail proof. In particular, the technology has a difficult time seeing motorcycles. According to AAA, “Motorcycles were detected by blind-spot systems 26 percent later than passenger vehicles”.
When we ride we need to drive defensively at all times. We cannot assume that drivers will check their blind spots or that their fancy technology is going to see us. We are small objects and we are easy to miss. When you ride, don’t hang out in the blind spot of a vehicle. Either slow down or speed up a little so that you are not in that spot in order to make yourself more visible or to make sure that you can see the vehicle at all times, this way you will be in a position to avoid becoming a blind spot accident statistics.
Phillip S. Georges
Attorney and Rider