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Some vision problems can make auto accidents more likely

When a person cannot see the road clearly, it is reasonable to assume that person may have a more difficult time driving safely and avoiding hazards. In fact, certain data suggests that Delaware drivers with glaucoma may be more likely to be involved in auto accidents. This is an issue that is especially concerning for drivers over the age of 60.

Glaucoma is a condition that can actually lead to vision loss, specifically side vision. Obviously, a person with compromised vision will have a difficult time driving, especially in bad weather, at night and during times when visibility is lower. It is the responsibility of each person with glaucoma and other conditions to know their limitations and avoid driving at times when they are unable to do so safely. 

A multi-year study looked at people who had this specific type of condition. Each of the individuals involved with the study were seen five times. Around 6% of the people studied reported having been in an accident at the time of their initial visit. This percentage increased over time, indicating that people with glaucoma may be less able to drive safely as they age or their condition worsens.

If a Delaware reader is the victim of a car accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, they may want to consider their legal options. When people with certain medical conditions cause auto accidents, they may be responsible for damages causes, especially when they knew the risks involved with driving. An assessment of the case can allow a victim to understand if he or she has grounds for a civil claim.

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