Before you drive, you should adjust your car’s rear view and side view mirrors to make sure that you can see the relevant parts of the road through them. Even if you do this with such regularity and precision as to make the road test examiners at the Office of Motor Vehicles proud, you still cannot technically see everything that might become an obstacle when you are driving. Even with the rear-facing cameras that are becoming increasingly common in newer cars, your car still has a blind spot. This year, a high school student in Pennsylvania discovered a way to see in a car’s blind spot, but her invention is not commercially available yet. In the meantime, if you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone driving in your car’s blind spot, contact a Houma car accident injury lawyer.
Alaina Gassler’s Eye-Opening Idea
A car’s blind spot is the area diagonally behind the car on either side that is blocked by part of the car’s frame. Almost every car has a blind spot, and they vary in size according to the shape of the frame. The only cars that do not have blind spots are the ones with completely open tops; even convertibles have a small blind spot. Even though the part of your view that is blocked is not very big, it is still enough that, if another car is driving there, you might not notice it. Many accidents happen because one car is driving in another’s blind spot, such that the driver in front cannot see the car in back until it is too late to avoid a collision. Most accidents caused by a car in your blind spot are minor, but some can lead to severe injuries.
Alaina Gassler, a student in West Grove, Pennsylvania, invented a work-around for cars’ blind spots. As a science and engineering project, she proposed installing a camera on the outside of the car, just behind the blind spot. The camera then projects the image onto the inside of the frame in what used to be the blind spot. Therefore, instead of seeing your car’s frame, you see the area of road that the car is blocking. When you look in your rearview mirror, you see a seamless view of the road behind you, as if your car frame were invisible. Broadcom Foundation, which sponsored the project, awarded Alaina the grand prize of $25,000. What is even more impressive is that Alaina thought of this before being old enough to drive and having to deal firsthand with cars’ blind spots.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Car Accident Cases
The blind spots of cars have caused countless accidents, from minor fender-benders to accidents with catastrophic injuries. No matter the cause of your car accident, a personal injury lawsuit might be the best option for you. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.