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Driver’s poor vision factor in fatal bicycle accident

Many Ohio residents have vision problems. In most cases, a driver's vision can be improved by wearing glasses with corrective lenses. When an individual’s poor vision warrants this type of intervention, the prescribed glasses must be worn while he or she is operating a motor vehicle. Those drivers who fail to abide by this law put their lives and those of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians in danger.

A trial recently began in central Ohio related to the tragic death of a 64-year-old bicyclist. A 36-year-old woman is accused of hitting the man with her car and then driving away from the accident scene. The 36-year-old woman, however, contends she didn't realize she'd hit the man as she suffers from poor vision and was not wearing her glasses when the accident occurred.

The deceased man's family sat in the courtroom as the 36-year-old woman explained to a judge how she failed to realize she'd hit the man because she couldn't see. After the fatal car and bicycle accident occurred, the 36-year-old continued driving, later telling people she hit a log that had fallen off a truck. She also allegedly later told her parents she had hit a deer.

The man's family hopes the 36-year-old will receive the maximum prison sentence. In addition, it's likely that family members may pursue civil action against the woman in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. This case proves the dangers involved when a driver is impaired and fails to take measures to correct the impairment.

Ohio residents who have suffered injury or harm due to the negligent acts of a driver may choose to take legal action. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can help in the recovery of compensation related to injuries, medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Driver in cyclist’s hit-skip death is amputee with bad eyesight," Laura Arenschield, Dec. 17, 2013

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