Accidents Involving Vision-Impaired Drivers

Many motor vehicle drivers take the ability to spot conditions and other vehicles on the road ahead for granted.

How the Weather Can Impair The Vision of Georgia Drivers

There are a variety of ways that weather can impair the visibility of motor vehicle drivers. Some of the adverse weather conditions that can greatly impair visibility include freezing rain, fog, hail, heavy rain, sleet, snow, smoke, and sun glare. Dawn and dusk hours can also create significant visibility problems because the eyes of drivers have difficulty shifting between light and dark or vice versa. Adverse weather conditions frequently combine with drivers who are not fully knowledgeable about to drive in adverse weather conditions, which can greatly increase the risk of accident occurring.

Nighttime Can Greatly Impair The Visibility of Drivers

A significant number of motor vehicle accidents occur at nighttime. Driving a motor vehicle in the dark means particularly impaired visibility for drivers, especially on roads that lack sufficient lighting. When there is poor visibility due to darkness, motorists should use extreme caution to avoid being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The Role of Vision Tests

In the state of Georgia, individuals must take a vision test in order to obtain a driver’s license. In order to pass this test, motorists must have a sufficient vision with or without glasses or contacts. When deciding whether to issue a driver’s license to someone with a vision order or eye disease, the state of Georgia considers several important vision elements:

  • Central Vision. This type of vision refers to the ability to read road signs and clearly recognize hazards that are located in the upcoming set of road.
  • Depth and Distance Perception. This is the ability to judge distances so that you do not strike objects, misjudge the placement of other vehicles, or stop in a crosswalk or at an intersection.
  • Eye movements. This ability includes the skill to move one’s eyes to see all aspects of the road.
  • Glare resistance. This ability lets drivers see even when faced with glare from oncoming headlights, sunlight, or other light sources.
  • Night Vision. This ability gives motor vehicle drivers the vision to see while operating a motor vehicle at night or in low-lit areas.
  • Peripheral Vision. This vision gives individuals the ability to see important information out of the corner of the driver’s eyes including intersections, lane changes, and pedestrians.
  • Visual Perception. The ability involving being able to correctly interpret what one is seeing including distinguishing the foreground from the background and determining the position of objects in the road.
Types of Accidents Made by Vision Impaired Drivers

When a motor vehicle operator drives a car with impaired vision, the driver is at risk of making a variety of driving errors which include the following:

  • Confusion when trying to interpret road signs and other hazards.
  • Difficulty in noticing and identifying warning signs.
  • Failing to properly judge distance and speed of surrounding vehicles or the driver’s own vehicle.
  • Inability to see pedestrians and other road obstructions at night.
The Future for Vision Impaired Motorists

There are a number of motor vehicle drivers who due to a variety of causes are beginning to experience declining vision. Among other types of conditions, these vision difficulties are seen in individuals who have glaucoma or have experienced brain injuries. Researchers, however, recently announced the development of device that could help decrease the risk of accidents for drivers with vision impairment problems. Researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Schepens Research Institute are in the process of creating a wearable device that warns that driver about impending motor vehicle accidents. The warning is an audible emission that is easy for motor vehicle drivers to understand.

Tips to Avoid Car Accidents for Drivers With Limited Visibility

Dealing with limited visibility presents a significant obstacle to all drivers, but for motorists with impaired vision and their passengers, it is particularly important to follow some basic advice to reduce the risk of an accident occurring due to impaired vision. Some of these tips include:

  • Adjust your vision to avoid gazing directly at the headlights of oncoming vehicles.
  • Ask passengers for assistance if you encounter visibility problems or encounter trouble spotting hazards on the road.
  • Avoid changing lanes if you have visibility problems. Other drivers will be able to better keep track of your vehicle if it remains in the same lane.
  • Brake slower if you are traveling in impaired-visibility conditions. Braking too quickly without being fully aware of any vehicles behind a driver can quickly cause collisions.
  • Clean a vehicle’s headlights, side mirrors, and windshield to reduce glare.
  • Dim the lights on your dashboard to better adjust your eyes to the darkness.
  • Flip the rear view mirror’s flip to avoid being blinded from nearby vehicles.
  • Make sure that your vehicle’s headlights are adjusted properly to avoid blinding other drivers.
  • Using low beam headlights in bad weather helps illuminate the ground and nearby sections of the road. This technique also reduces the glare that is often produced by high beam headlights.
Injuries Caused by Impaired Visibility Accidents in Georgia

There are a large number of injuries that can potentially be caused by motor vehicle accidents with impaired-visibility drivers. Some of the most common types of injuries include concussions, dental damage, dislocated joints, facial lacerations, head trauma, amputations, bone fractures, and internal organ injuries.

Vision Problems Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents

Vision loss and vision impairment can occur in a variety of ways after a motor vehicle accident including direct trauma to the eye, brain injury, exposure to intense light, or interaction with toxic material. Some of the various ways in which eye injuries can occur include: loss of an eye, blindness, legal blindness, loss of peripheral vision, double vision, and vertigo.

Contact An Experienced Accident Attorney

Call The Angell Law Firm LLC today to talk with an experienced attorney from our firm. We have significant experience regarding caused that are both caused by and cause vision related problems and are willing to fight tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.