New York state has become the first state in the U.S. to require convex or cross over mirrors to be installed on the front of large trucks with a gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more when driving within New York city.
The law is intended to avoid pedestrian accidents which are caused by blind spots. The push for the law to be enacted came after a four year old boy was killed when a delivery truck hit him while he was riding a tricycle. The truck driver did not see the boy because he was within the truck’s blind spot.
The new law is not supported by the New York State Motor Truck Association and their position is that it will not increase safety and that the law only applies to trucks actually registered in the New York state.
There are blind spots in most motor vehicles, areas of the road that can not be seen while a driver is looking forward or with the rear-view or side mirror. In trucks, because they are so large and high of the ground and the operator has such a high seating position, the blind spot can also be directly in front of the vehicle.
Many safety organizations call for safety measures in large SUVs as well. When backing up, a blind spot in the SUV can hide small children or vehicles including bicycles, which has resulted in the death of at least 50 small children.In fact, blind spot detection features are the safety feature that motorists want most in a new car.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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