Visual health is vital for safe driving

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Drivers tend to be so good at recognizing hazards that they deal with them almost automatically. This comes with practice, experience and a healthy visual system.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from visual health conditions which can impair their ability to drive safely. Outlined below are some of the more common visual conditions that can impact people’s ability to drive.

Color blindness

Color blindness is a relatively common condition, impacting approximately 5% of women and 8% of men. Generally, people who have this are able to function each day with few problems. However, many aspects of road safety rely on color coding. For instance, traffic light systems operate on the basis of red lights, amber and green. Road signs also tend to use color to emphasize different warnings and information. If a driver is unable to recognize these then a collision may occur.

Seeing objects from a distance

It’s pivotal that drivers are able to see things both at a close distance and far away. Nearsightedness (myopia) is a condition that makes it difficult for people to see hazards in the distance. At the same time, there is also an ailment called farsightedness (hyperopia) which makes it tricky for individuals to see objects right in front of them. Hazards can come out of nowhere and it’s vital that drivers are able to see them and react in time.

What the law says

The majority of states make drivers sit a vision test before going onto their written and practical examination, and Texas is no exception. Drivers must be able to see to a standard that allows them not to endanger themselves or other road users.

If you have been hit by a driver with poor vision, you may be able to hold them to account. Obtaining legal compensation for your injuries could give you some relief from the financial hardship associated with a road traffic collision.