Van driver knocks bike over with child in bike seat, and drives over the bike.

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Arjimlad, 7 Mar 2018.

  1. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Driving like a twat was the problem, not his eyesight
     
  2. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    No it doesn't
     
  3. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    No it doesn’t - but then we have a legal regime which seems to be about, wherever possible, protecting the “innate right”* of the motorist to drive rather than looking at the risks they pose to other road users.

    Personally, I’d love to see far greater restrictions where there is a physical issue which may impair someone’s ability to drive safely: whether this is related to vision, mobility/range of motion, medication etc.




    *or so many motorists think.
     
    raleighnut and glasgowcyclist like this.
  4. Wow. The victim has commented on the story.
     
    Sixmile and Milkfloat like this.
  5. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I have had very poor sight in one eye since birth and have been told by opticians that I may have difficulty judging distances.

    I don’t believe this is the case as I am used to judging distances with, in effect, one eye. I suspect that if someone suddenly lost vision in one eye it would take them some time to adjust and that in the adjustment period they may have difficulty.
     
    NorthernDave and classic33 like this.
  6. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I agree entirely with you, but I consider that having vision in only one eye does not, in many cases, impair someone’s ability to drive safely (or to do anything else safely).
     
  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    No. Indeed, you can hold a commercial pilots licence, provided the remaining eye works well enough. Mrs D is blind in one eye, and periodically (it was 3 years, but now every 5 in Mrs D's case) her GP has to re-certify her as fit to drive, and makes his recommendations to the DVLA. In Mrs D's case she quickly learned to compensate for the lack of depth perception. However, she will not drive in foul weather such as heavy rain, fog or snow, as she feels that her brain receives insufficient visual information upon which to safely judge distances.

    Mrs D is an ex police driver, more highly qualified and experienced than I am, and as a retired Class 1 myself I judge her driving as excellent. It's certainly better, safer, and more skilled than most of the 2 eyed muppets that inhabit our roads.
     
  8. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    You may consider that - other may disagree.
     
  9. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.


    Mrs D is a responsible driver. Unfortunately they appear to be few and far between.
     
    Arjimlad and Drago like this.
  10. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    Indeed. There seems to be little correlation between the number of functioning eyes on has, and one's inherent levels of muppetry.
     
    xzenonuk, Arjimlad, Tin Pot and 2 others like this.
  11. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Bang on!

    Although this collision took place to the driver's right side (his good eye) I am still very concerned at the vastly reduced peripheral vision a monocular driver has.
    This is reinforced by the mitigation from the guy's solicitor which suggests had the victims been to the nearside it would have been explainable (perhaps even excusable).

    "In mitigation, solicitor advocate Mike Wynter said that Tippett is blind in his left eye but acknowledged that Mr Squires and his child were to his right."
     
    Inertia likes this.
  12. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    FWIW I’ve driven cars and/or ridden motorbikes for 38 years (guesstimate 760k miles) with, in effect, one eye.

    In that time I’ve had one very minor ‘at fault’ collision (running into the back of a car in stop / start traffic in the early 90’s) which didn’t result in any damage or injuries.

    I’m not claiming to be the best driver in the world, but I do think my anecdotal evidence (and @Drago ’s) supports the point that only having sight in one eye does not, in itself, make a person a poor driver.
     
    classic33 and Profpointy like this.
  13. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I’m astonished that was offered in mitigation. IME turning one’s neck to look around is an effective solution to the reduced peripheral vision on one side. (Although in my case I am not totally blind in one eye and I do, to some extent, pick up things that are happening in my ‘bad’ eye’s peripheral vision).
     
  14. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Bang on!

    I wasn't suggesting it made anyone drive poorly, my concern is that there is a substantial reduction in peripheral vision which cannot be fully compensated for.

    This reduces the driver's ability to react to movement nearby and to his blind side. His standard of driving, i.e. car control, compliance with relevant signs and laws etc. may be to an acceptable level but his lost peripheral vision puts others in that zone at greater risk.
    The driver cannot react to what he cannot see.
     
    simon.r likes this.
  15. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    But surely if someone can pass the driving tests, they have proven to the required standard that they can compensate well enough for their physical condition?

    Possibly the tests should be stricter and standards higher but that's another discussion. Simply rejecting one-eyed people for not having two eyes rather than testing their ability smells too much like illegal discrimination to me. I think I'm much more worried about lethal stupidity than number of eyes.

    Then again, this driver and their lawyer should probably hang their head in shame for raising an irrelevant condition in mitigation. They've done equality campaigns no favours there.
     
    MontyVeda and simon.r like this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice