Night blindness is an impairment of vision experienced in dimly lit environments. Although the term has implications of complete blindness, this is not the case. If an individual’s night blindness is not caused by another condition such as an eye disease, it is often experienced when quickly transitioning from an area of brightness to that of low light.
It is especially dangerous to drive at night with this vision impairment. Specifically, when the driver is behind the wheel of a semi-truck, there can be devastating consequences.
Night blindness can be worsened by a number of things:
Night blindness to a certain degree occurs in everyone. As long as you give your eyes enough time to adapt to the darkness, your eyes should be able to adjust. However, if you consistently have trouble seeing at night or in dimly lit environments, there could be a more serious underlying problem. Operating a vehicle with moderate to severe night blindness, especially an exceptionally large one like an 18-wheeler, can put others at serious risk.
Night blindness can lead to serious, life-threatening accidents, especially for truck drivers working through the night. If you or someone you know is suffering from night blindness or has been in an accident due to a truck driver’s negligence, contact the Truck Accident Resource Center in Houston, Texas. We can provide you with important information and legal advice about this issue. Contact us at 1-800-220-9341 today.