Prescription Glasses and Car Accidents
In every state, a vision exam is an important component of taking a drivers’ exam or, in some cases, getting a license renewal. For obvious reasons, being able to see clearly is crucial to driving safely, but many people who require significant vision correction sometimes neglect to wear their glasses when driving. Not doing so is illegal and dangerous. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a driver who neglected to wear vision correction, you may be entitled to compensation.
Not everyone who has prescription glasses or contact lenses is legally obligated to drive with them. Driving effectively does not require perfect vision, so many near-sighted people who only need glasses to read are capable of driving well without vision correction. But many people are not so fortunate. Vision tests at the DMV screen for people whose vision may be problematic, whose licenses then state that they are required to wear vision correction.
The Vision Standard
In Wisconsin, the basic standard for vision tests is 20/100 or better in at least one eye and a 20 degree horizontal field of vision. Drivers whose vision is any worse must see a licensed vision specialist (an ophthalmologist or optometrist) for evaluation and prescription of vision aids. With the right vision correction, nearly anyone who is able to see can see well enough to drive. Without it, they can pose a serious risk to themselves and everyone else on the road.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a driver who neglected to use his or her prescription glasses, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. The compassionate car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you seek closure and financial relief.
To discuss your case with an experienced Madison car accident attorney, contact us today at 800-242-2874.