Vision-related Injuries Arising from Baltimore CMV-Auto Collisions

Working in Maryland for as long as we have, the personal injury legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, understands how quickly fate can take a turn for the worse on our state’s roadways. We know the potential for serious medical complications following a severe roadway collision with a large interstate truck or other commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Aside from the initial pain of being injured in a bad trucking-related collision, drivers and passengers of much smaller sedans, SUVs, minivans and motorcycles can end up suffering in the hospital for weeks or even months following such events.

One of the more tragic effects of a car-truck accident is the loss or severe reduction in one’s ability to see. The loss of vision in one or both eyes can be a very real and serious complication of any traffic accident. Because of the great size and weight of large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailer, box-trucks, auto haulers, construction vehicles and city buses, the detrimental effects of a collision between these massive vehicles and a smaller passenger car can leave the victim’s wondering about their future, much less fighting for their lives in an ICU ward.

For victims of car-truck wrecks, the aftermath of a collision can sometimes be worse than the crash itself. Such is often the case with sight-related injuries due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver. Although the loss of one’s vision may not prove life-threatening in and of itself, the future impact of losing sight in one or both eyes can often mean a significant change in lifestyle, family situation and employment.

It goes without saying that a fatal trucking accident is a tragic event that can change the lives of the victim’s family forever. However, serious injury-related traffic accidents can place burdens and challenges on the victim as well as his spouse, children and other close relatives. Physical and emotional problems can often result, as well as financial concerns resulting from high medical costs and rehabilitation expenses. These are all collateral costs of many a serious commercial trucking crash.

When it comes to problems with vision following a traffic accident, the causes can vary. In some cases, direct injury to the eye itself may result in partial or complete loss of sight. Other times, the delicate fibers connecting the optic nerve with the brain’s visual center can be affected. Whichever the case, the loss or diminution of one’s eyesight can be a profound event for any victim. As professional trucking accident lawyers, our experts understand how easily this or any kind of traffic-related collision can significantly impact the victim and his or her family.

At Lebowitz & Mzhen, our personal injury experts know the great toll that commercial truck accidents take on those innocent victims every year. Whether occurring on the interstate, beltway, or rural highway, being involved in a road collision with a large commercial motor vehicle can cause severe bodily injury that has the ability to sometimes result in long-term or permanent disability. Being experienced personal injury attorneys in the Baltimore area, we understand the pain and discomfort that is often endured by victims of negligence-related trucking accidents.

Those accidents that inflict injury to a victim’s eyes can result in some of the more devastating post-accident situations. Of the more than 30,000 injury-involved car, truck and motorcycle collisions that occur every year in Maryland and the District, a percentage of victims may experience problems with their vision or suffer complete loss of sight in one or both eyes. Damage to a victim’s eye, retina or optic nerve can, without a doubt, interfere with his or her ability to function normally going forward. This is why a trucking-related eye injury can be a tragic and life-altering event.

As human beings, we rely greatly on our ability to see and sense the world visually. As experienced commercial trucking lawyers, Lebowitz & Mzhen knows that losing the use of one or both eyes -- or having to live with a serious vision problem for the rest of one’s life -- is a compelling reason to file a personal injury claim against a negligent trucker or other responsible party. Vision problems, especially ones that are neurological in nature, can be overlooked during initial medical treatment following a serious highway collision. Because the vision processes involve proper flow of information to the brain, there is a very close relationship between eyesight and brain health.

Victims of traffic-related injury accidents, including collisions with 18-wheel tractor-trailers, gravel haulers, dump trucks, tankers and car transporters, should carefully consider the following list of possible symptoms of vision-related injury, many of which may be tied to potential brain-related trauma:

  • “Sore” or “aching” eyes
  • Reduced ability to maintain one’s attention or concentration
  • Difficulty in maintaining visual contact with another person
  • Headaches that crop up while attempting vision-related tasks
  • Light sensitivity or an adverse reaction to glare from headlights, etc.
  • Changes or a reduction in one’s field-of-vision
  • Difficulties when trying to read a book or newspaper
  • Trouble with reading comprehension
  • Blurred vision or distorted sight
  • Seeing double
  • Problems with one’s memory

It should be mentioned that individuals who have been involved in a traffic collision should be aware that retinal detachment is a common complication that may occur following a blow to the head. A detached retina, which is a serious problem that can result from a high-speed traffic accident or collision with a commercial truck, often requires surgical intervention. If left untreated, a detached retina can lead to permanent blindness, therefore immediate medical attention is advised. Both retinal detachment and damage to the optic nerve can lead to loss of sight and possibly total blindness.

Locating a skilled commercial trucking accident attorney can be an important step in recovering monetary damages resulting from a serious injury-related roadway accident. The lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen are ready to help victims who have experienced vision-related injuries following a trucking-related collision. Our experience in auto, motorcycle and commercial trucking accident cases has helped many of our clients recover damages following such serious traffic accidents. Please take a moment to call us, toll-free at (800) 654-1949. Or, contact either Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen via email to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consult.