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Auto Accidents Caused by Vision Impairments

According to U.S. News and World Report, people with glaucoma are involved in twice as many auto accidents as drivers with normal vision. Glaucoma is caused by pressure that builds up on the eye and can obstruct peripheral vision.


Consulting a Jonesboro attorney after a car accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Jonesboro you should discuss your case with a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Georgia drivers must have at least 20/60 vision in one eye and a field of vision of at least 140 degrees in order to obtain a driver's license. If an applicant fails an eye exam then he must have his vision certified by a licensed optometrist before he can obtain a license.


There are a number of causes of driving-related impaired vision, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Failure to wear required corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses)
  • Diabetes-related retinopathy (blindness)
  • Blurry vision caused by head injuries


Drivers with impaired vision may create hazards for other drivers. They may drive erratically while searching for street signs, improperly judge speed or distance or fail to see pedestrians or road hazards. Their peripheral vision may be impaired, limiting the ability to see objects in the corner of their eye. They may also lack distance or depth perception or have a halo effect when viewing lights at night.


If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Jonesboro auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia