Driving is one of the most efficient ways to get around. Generally, journeys are completed without issue but that doesn’t mean there are no hazards or that accidents don’t happen.
Visibility is one of the keys to safe driving. Without healthy eyesight, driving becomes much more dangerous. For this reason, the state of Nevada has imposed laws that mean the eyesight of road users must meet a specific standard.
How can poor eyesight cause accidents and what are your options if you’ve been hit by someone with impaired vision?
Poor judgment of road surfaces
Generally, the roads are clear but this cannot be guaranteed all the time. Oil spills, fuel leaks, debris, rough surfaces and potholes are all possible hazards that drivers must be able to anticipate.
Impaired eyesight means that a road user may simply not be able to see these things, landing themselves in trouble and potentially causing an accident that involves other people.
Increased dangers at night
Nighttime driving can be difficult even for those with perfect vision. It becomes harder to anticipate how far other vehicles are from you as well as how fast they are going. Pedestrians, cyclists and other hazards are all much more difficult to see.
The glare from bright lights can temporarily blind even those with optimal vision. If someone with impaired vision struggles to drive during the day, then they are certainly going to have multiple issues at nighttime.
Road users have an obligation to adhere to the law in Nevada, which includes ensuring that their eyesight is up to the task. If you’ve been injured by someone who knowingly had poor vision, then you may be able to hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will give you a better indication of your options.