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Truck accidents involving partially blind truck drivers—it seems a little scary to think about—can have devastating long-term consequences for victims.

According to The Hill, traffic safety advocates say that partially blind drivers are putting other people on the road at risk due to exemptions that allow them to continue to drive.

It should be noted that there are vision requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles.

However, according to the news outlet, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued exemptions for hundreds of drivers across the country with vision issues, allowing them to continue to drive.

The Hill reports that, since August 2014, the FMCSA has approved or is in the process of approving commercial licenses for more than 100 truck drivers who are partially blind.

The FMCSA provides exemptions to drivers who it says do not pose additional risks to other drivers and who “would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.”

This had led many organizations to announce their displeasure with the agency, as there are worries that in emergencies, poor vision may result in a driver reacting less quickly than someone with good vision does.

Should I File a Lawsuit Following a Truck Accident?

If you are involved in a truck accident due to a trucker's negligence, you should contact our office. This includes instances where a driver's health may have played a role in a crash.

It should be noted that a truck driver involved in a fatal accident in July on Interstate 55 had a federal exemption to his driver's license that allowed him to drive despite his vision problems.

Call us today—the compensation you obtain through a lawsuit can be used to pay for medical bills, which can mount following an accident due to rehabilitation and therapy.

You should not have to suffer because of the poor decision by a trucker to continue to drive despite issues with his or her health.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis truck accident lawyers

Source: http://thehill.com/regulation/transportation/219771-truck-licenses-for-the-partially-blind-concern-safety-advocates

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According to The Hill, traffic safety advocates say that partially blind drivers are putting other people on the road at risk due to exemptions that allow them to continue to drive.

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