2 Injured in Crash Caused by Medical Emergency
Nothing is scarier than walking down a street and seeing a car coming straight at you. This was the case for a man who was walking to work in New Jersey and was hit by a vehicle driving out of control.
A wild crash recently happened in Garfield near the intersection of Midland Avenue and Passaic Street. The incident happened on the afternoon of August 14 after a woman suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel, hitting various objects.
It all began when the 88-year-old woman suffered a medical emergency while driving. She put her foot down on the accelerator and lost control of the car. The vehicle drove onto the sidewalk, under the Passaic Street train trestle. It then hit a light post, traffic light, and flower pot.
A man was under the train trestle at the time. He was heading to work when a tire went over his foot. The vehicle kept going, speeding through an intersection. It then crashed into two vehicles waiting at the traffic light and came to a stop.
The driver suffered minor leg injuries in the accident. Authorities say the woman’s seatbelt saved her life. The pedestrian escaped serious injuries, although he suffered injuries to his foot and will require therapy. He considers himself lucky, as his injuries could have been much worse.
A man was in his shop at the time of the crash. He helped the woman, who seemed shocked about what had happened. She did not know where she was at. She was conscious by the time emergency crews arrived. It is unknown what medical episode the woman suffered. Nobody else was injured in the accident.
Dealing With Medical Emergencies While Driving
Medical emergencies can happen at any time — even when a person is driving. This can lead to a scary situation, as seen in this case. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured or killed.
Drivers can suffer various issues while behind the wheel. They may blame their accidents on heart attacks, seizures, strokes, diabetic episodes, severe sneezing, cramps, reaction to medicines, and loss of consciousness. If it can be established that the driver had experienced similar medical episodes in the past or had warning of the onset of the condition and decided to drive despite the risks, then the driver can be considered negligent.
However, proving negligence is easier said than done. It requires obtaining confidential medical records and discussing private medical information with the driver’s doctor, which usually cannot be accomplished without filing a lawsuit.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Car accidents can happen when you least expect them. A car can suddenly go out of control, even when a driver is being careful. Sometimes medical issues occur.
Injured in a crash? Get the help you need from a Morristown car accidents attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff. We’ll assess your case and help you get full and fair compensation for your damages. To schedule a free consultation, call (973) 455-1567 or fill out the online form.