Road safety charity Brake carried out a survey which revealed a quarter of drivers have not had their eyes tested for over two years, with 19% admitting they have not visited the opticians for eyesight problems. Shockingly, 12% of drivers who have been told they need to wear contact lenses or glasses to drive have driven without them. Now Brake is urging the government to make driver sight tests mandatory.
Their campaign, Sharpen Up, calls for changes to be made which will mean that all drivers applying for a provisional licence must have recent eye test results. Driver sight tests will have to be carried out when renewing a photocard licence (every ten years). Julie Townsend, Brake’s depute chief executive, commented, “Compulsory regular eyesight testing for drivers is a common-sense life-saving move. Making sure your vision is up to scratch is crucial to safe driving, and though it may seem there are plenty of excuses to put off going to the opticians, none are good enough when it comes to putting people’s lives at risk.”
If you have caused an accident by failing to wear your prescription glasses or contact lenses whilst driving, you could be held liable; likewise, if you’re involved in a collision and the other driver has not had a recent sight test, this could mean you’re able to make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for a collision
When you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, it can be tempting to lay blame on the other driver, as nobody likes to admit they’re at fault. However, it is important to establish exactly what happened and who is to blame for the accident – if it was the fault of the other driver, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Don’t worry about proving who was at fault; a personal injury lawyer can look objectively at the situation and assess who was to blame.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for advice
If you’d like to find out more about the claims process, why not pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline right now? Our team of professional personal injury lawyers can offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide to go ahead, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no fees to budget for. We know that you’ll be feeling shaken and frustrated after your accident, no matter how minor your injuries, but we’re here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. Find out right now how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website, or give us a call – we are open 24/7.