Posted On September 7, 2016 In Local Car Accidents
Do you belong to the one in 20 people who hang objects from their rear view mirrors? Objects like CDs, graduation tassels, handicap parking permits, air fresheners, visors, Garfield the cat, and the classic furry dice create a blind spot that can cause line of sight accidents.
There are examples in the press of objects hanging from rear view mirrors causing car accidents. An article in the Chicago Tribune recounts the story of a man who was involved in an accident 40 years ago that would have never happened had he not hung a graduation tassel from his rear view mirror. According to the man, a woman he ran over was visible and wearing a white coat, but also silhouetted behind his graduation tassel. The woman was tossed onto the hood of his car and suffered minor injuries.
It is possible to obstruct your view in other ways. For example, if a person hauling furniture in a pickup truck overloads the truck bed. Window stickers and tinted windows are other examples. Failing to clean windows is another. In fact, police may pull you over for these reasons because they present a hazard to you and other drivers or pedestrians.
So what happens to drivers who cause line of sight accidents due to hanging objects from their rear view mirrors or overloading their truck beds? As motorists, they have a duty to care for other drivers and pedestrians. This means that drivers who cause line of sight accidents may be sued for causing injuries or wrongful deaths.
There are laws in place that prevent obstruction of view for good reasons. When drivers ignore these laws and cause accidents, there can be serious consequences. Continue following our blog for future updates on how you can stay safe while driving by avoiding common mistakes that lead to serious car accidents.
The Texas personal injury attorneys at Mike Love & Associates, LLC, encourage safe and responsible driving practices.