A 75 year old man driving without glasses knocked down a cyclist in Sunderland causing him devastating injuries. James Newall pulled out directly into cyclist Kenneth Robson’s path, despite the fact that Mr Robson had right of way. The cyclist was travelling along Coatley Lane and was going to work on Rainton Bridge when Mr Newall pulled out and knocked him off his bicycle. Mr Robson was rushed to hospital where he was treated for broken ribs, a broken collarbone and punctured lung. He also underwent surgery to remove a section of bone from his shoulder and will also undergo another procedure. There is also a likelihood that Mr Robson will have to undergo eye surgery as he has been left with tilted vision after the accident.
During the hearing at Sunderland Magistrates Court, it was revealed that Mr Newall’s sight is so impaired that he must wear glasses while driving. However, he expressed remorse for the incident and pleaded guilty. Mr Robson was a keen cyclist before the accident and also played football which he is likely to never do again as a result of his injuries.
Poor eyesight and driving
Driving without glasses when you are required to wear them can prove to be extremely risky as seen in the case above. Many people need to wear glasses solely for driving therefore it should be disclosed when you apply for your licence if you have a prescription to wear glasses. Driving without glasses carries a risk to yourself and other road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. It only takes a second to put them on to ensure that you keep yourself and others safe on the road. If you have been a victim of a car accident and someone else was at fault, compensation may be won if you have the right representation.
How to begin your road traffic accident claim
Accident Advice Helpline specialise in personal injury claims and can help you with your road traffic accident claim. Provided that someone else was at fault and displayed negligence on the road, you may be entitled to a cash sum which can help with any costs associated with the accident. Should you wish to obtain no-obligation advice, give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. You will not have to pay anything upfront if you decide to pursue your claim with our ‘no win, no fee*’ policy.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown