Eyesight is often something that is taken for granted, and this includes among road users. However, the sad reality is that eye injuries or impaired vision contribute to thousands of injuries each year across the U.S.
Although most journeys across North Carolina are completed without incident, this is not always the case. Poor eyesight could result in hazardous situations being accentuated, which ultimately leads to a potential for serious injuries or worse. Outlined below are some of the key ways that impaired vision can reduce the ability of drivers to operate safely.
Spotting hazards requires observational skills
Whether it’s puddles, potholes, traffic cones or oil spills, to avoid them, drivers need to be able to see them. Although road users often take repeat journeys every day, this raises the risk of complacency. Just because a person knows a route like the back of their hands, that doesn’t mean it cannot throw up unexpected hazards occasionally.
Night driving can heighten the risk
Although fewer people drive at nighttime, the potential for an accident is actually greater. Even those with pristine visual health face unique challenges when driving in the dark. Depth perception can be affected, distractions will be more numerous and road users are also more likely to feel fatigued at night. All of this can be extremely off-putting for a person with healthy vision, let alone for someone with an eye injury or less than optimal visual health.
Visibility is key for safe driving and those who drive with visual impairments place both themselves and others in serious danger. In the unfortunate event that you have been caught up in a road traffic collision, be sure to explore your legal options in North Carolina.