Blind Spot Monitors: Do I Need One?

Blind Spot Monitors

Blind spot monitoring systems serve an important purpose: they use ultrasonic sensors or small cameras to detect vehicles and obstacles next to and behind a vehicle. While they’re a crucial safety feature on modern vehicles, they do have certain limitations. Here, we’ll discuss the basics of and most common problems with blind spot monitors.

Can Blind Spot Monitors be Installed?

Yes, they can. If a vehicle didn’t come from the factory with sensors or cameras, it’s possible to install them. While aftermarket systems tend to be a little less accurate than those installed by manufacturers, they’re still a worthy addition to an older vehicle. Blind spot monitoring systems increase awareness, allow faster response times, and provide a sense of safety.

Is it Worthwhile to Buy a Vehicle With Blind Spot Monitoring?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and the answer to the question depends on several factors. Vehicle size is a primary consideration. Those driving vans, trucks, and SUVs may benefit from the use of blind spot monitoring technology while on the highway and in packed parking lots.

Visibility is another thing to think about. Larger vehicles are tougher to drive but also have bigger windows and more wiggle room. Finally, those who often have children in the car—and deal with the distractions they create—may find it sensible to invest in blind spot monitoring.

The Drawbacks of Blind Spot Warning Systems

Although blind spot monitoring systems offer numerous advantages, there are a few issues to consider. Limitations depend on the vehicle, but some warning systems aren’t designed to work well at the low speeds often used in parking lots and garages.

The visual indicator is another significant drawback. On most factory-equipped vehicles, the warning light is mounted in the side mirror, which makes it hard for some drivers to see. Finally, bright lights and certain weather conditions may make these warning lights even more difficult to notice.

Audible warnings only come when the driver uses the turn signals. Here, the drawback is obvious, as many drivers neglect to use their signals when turning or changing lanes. That means many users lose the opportunity to warn themselves of hidden risks.

Finally, while some areas have relatively temperate and consistent weather, other drivers aren’t that lucky. Blind spot monitoring systems’ effectiveness may be limited if sensors or camera lenses are covered with mud, snow, or ice. Despite these limitations, blind spot monitoring systems are a great addition to today’s vehicles.

How Can an Attorney Help After an Accident?

Whether you’ve been hit by a driver whose blind spot monitors failed to warn them of your presence or you’re defending against a lawsuit by an accident victim, it’s important to have legal representation. The firm’s lawyers will review the case, look over accident reports, examine medical records, and find evidence that supports your claim or provides a defense against another person’s claim. Use the online form to get more information or call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer.

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