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“Uncorrected, defective eyesight” a factor in 196 UK road accidents

Poor vision was recorded as a contributory factor in three fatal accidents, 53 serious accidents and 140 slight accidents in 2018

01 Oct 2019 by Selina Powell

The latest road accident statistics from the Department for Transport reveal that 1784 people died on UK roads in 2018, while 160,597 people were injured in road accidents over the year.

The number of fatalities is similar to the annual total that has been recorded in each year since 2012, while the number of accidents causing injury has dropped by 6% since 2017.

“Uncorrected, defective eyesight” was recorded as a contributory factor in 196 accidents in the UK, including three fatal accidents, 53 serious accidents and 140 slight accidents.

The previous year, poor vision contributed to 200 accidents on UK roads.

The most common contributory factors to fatal road accidents were failing to look properly (a factor in 383 fatal collisions), driving in a careless or reckless manner (252), failing to judge another vehicle’s path or speed (198) and exceeding the speed limit (177).

The AOP has campaigned for drivers to undergo regular vision checks as part of licensing requirements.

Its Don’t swerve at sight test campaign received 159 broadcast hits and reached 111 million listeners in 2017.

Image credit: Pixabay/freestocks-photos

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