When Blind Spots Cause Auto Accidents

Even if you think you can easily change lanes while driving, auto accidents often occur when another vehicle is in a driver’s “blind spot.”  For instance, a driver may signal and begin changing lanes — without realizing another driver is already in the lane.  That second driver may panic, swerve off the road, and be seriously injured.

What is a Blind Spot

The blind spot is any area around the car that cannot be observed in rearview mirrors or side mirrors.  Blind spots can easily hide a cyclist or another vehicle; indeed, by the time a driver realizes he or she cannot safely change lanes, it may be too late.  Understanding a car’s blind spots can help a driver avoid serious auto and truck accidents, and at the same time, prepare the driver to avoid being in someone else’s blind spot.

Blind spots generally extend out and backward from the front car windows, into the lanes on either side of the driver.  Some drivers choose to attach to their vehicles wide-angle mirrors that offer the driver a wider angle for side and rear observation.  Drivers of certain vehicles, such as motorcycles, have modified visibility due to their own physical limitations of how much they can turn their heads.


Bringing a Lawsuit for a Defective Airbag

Airbags have made headlines recently, and not for the reasons one might hope. Instead of protecting drivers and passengers, some airbags have been causing injuries, ranging from burns to eye injuries and, unfortunately, death. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and your injuries were worsened by a defective airbag, contact an experienced Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer. An airbag, which is likely located in either the steering wheel or in a panel on the dashboard, is connected to a crash sensor.  The sensor works by deploying at the moment the car gets into a severe crash (which usually means a head-on or near head-on collision with speeds ranging from 8 to 14 miles per hour).

Airbag Malfunction

When airbags deploy, they burst out of the dashboard at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.  The airbags can be hot, dusty, and covered in chemicals.  The airbag deploys in about 1/20th of a second, meaning the average person has very little time to react.  If you are injured when an airbag deploys, you may have a claim for damages.


Accidents Caused by Driving on Prescription Medication

Many of us, for one reason or another, end up taking prescription medications at some point in time. Unfortunately, fewer drivers consider how prescription medications affects their ability to safely drive.  New research shows that some medications, such as allergy medication, can affect cognition and response times as much as drinking alcohol affects driving. Understanding…

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Los Angeles Metrolink Hit & Run Accident

The recent news of a serious hit-and-run collision between a produce truck and a MetroLink train in Southern California has prompted many to ask: what are a driver’s obligations after an accident? How is someone charged with committing a hit-and-run?

In the MetroLink accident, a train traveling to Los Angeles at 80 miles per hour collided with a pickup truck pulling a trailer.  The driver had turned onto the tracks (likely by accident), then jumped out of his vehicle and walked away before the accident occurred.  No one was killed, although dozens of people were injured.

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