Can double checking your mirrors before switching lanes decrease the amount of New York City car accidents?

Posted: June 12, 2018

How many times do you check your side mirrors before switching lanes? Once? Twice? Sometimes? Some NYC accidents involving vehicles switching lanes on multiple-lane streets and highways are due to drivers failing to look at the proper side mirror before making the switch.

Looking into your rear-view mirror may also show a vehicle approaching you fast with its turn signal on indicating the driver plans on passing you.

Are Side Mirrors Mandatory on NY Vehicles?

Yes. According to New York State vehicle laws, all motor vehicles driven on public highways must be equipped with at least one exterior mirror or similar reflecting device. Mirrors are to be adjusted so vehicle drivers have clear views of roads and traffic conditions behind them. Drivers operating vehicles without a side mirror could be ticketed for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear?

When you check mirrors before switching lanes, you have no doubt seen this warning at the bottom of side mirrors. This is actually an essential safety feature. Since side mirrors on the passenger side of your car are about twice the distance from your eyes than the driver’s side mirror, the passenger’s side mirror is slightly convex. This shape extends focus points for drivers by forcing light to strike the curved surface in a way that enhances the ability of drivers to see behind their vehicle at a distance.

Double checking your side-view mirrors is one way to avoid causing an accident when switching lanes. Looking at your rear view mirror can also add to your safety. The car accident lawyers at William Mattar represent victims of lane-switching accidents every day. If you have been seriously injured due to someone’s failure to check mirrors before changing lanes, call our law firm today to schedule a consultation appointment.

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