Eyesight an Overlooked Risk Factor for Traffic Accidents in South Florida

As of January 2004, all drivers who are 80 years of age or older and who are in the process of renewing their driver license are required to pass a vision test, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  As we age, there are  numerous factors that can affect our driving skills, and hinder our ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Vision may be the most important.


But some of the younger drivers are facing the same problems — vision impairments.  All drivers — regardless of age — who wear glasses or contact lenses will be required to wear them when driving.  This will be indicated on your license with restriction code A.  In order to pass the test, you have to prove that you have 20/40 vision or better.  And that has to be in both eyes.  If a driver has surgery and no longer needs corrective lenses, this restriction may be removed.

Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers understand that many specialists recommend that you have your eyesight checked at least once every 2 years.  When it’s dark out or when it’s raining, many of us experience difficulty seeing even though we can see fine during the day.  In these cases, we need special visual attention and focus because of bright lights, glares from headlights and even total darkness.  When the sun sets, even the best sighted drivers can become short-sighted due to eye pupil’s dilation.

Statistics show that one driver out of every 14 has a vision defect that may affect their driving.

In the sunlight too, you also want to protect your eyes.  Make sure you have sunglasses or shades, whether prescription or not.

Before you run out and buy eye protection, make sure that you do your research.  You want a pair that’s coated with the right anti-glare protection.

If you’ve had eye surgery and no longer need corrective lenses or glasses, you still may have difficulty seeing at night.

When driving, you want to make sure that your glasses and sunglasses are always clean.  Make sure that you keep an eye on your surroundings at all time.  Keep an eye on your speed too.  This is especially important in inclement weather.  Never wear sunglasses during evening hours and make sure that you use your sun visor on bright days. Consider having a pair of tinted glasses made to your prescription.

Driving safely depends on a combination of a number of different visual abilities like being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color vision.

The eyes control most of your movements and decisions while driving. With good vision and visual comfort you can drive safely by maintaining concentration. Daylight vision problems are usually worse at night, increasing the risk in driving.

Good vision is essential for road safety. If you can’t see properly, you can’t drive safely.

If you or someone in your family has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.