Vision Issues in Trucking Accidents II

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Case Report

A truck traveling on a major freeway in Southern California veered to the right and struck the rear of a private commuter bus.  The driver of the bus sustained injuries to his head and neck after crashing into a divider line.  The driver of the commuter bus had advanced glaucoma with loss of peripheral vision in one eye.  Counsel representing the trucking company argued that reduced vision of the bus driver contributed to the accident.  Defense counsel argued that reduced peripheral vision was not an issue.  Expert testimony in court convinced jurors that the bus driver’s loss of peripheral vision on the side opposite the accident was not a factor in the accident.  However, expert testimony revealed that the bus driver was not wearing eye glasses at the time of the accident even though his driver license required eye glasses correction for driving.

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