When People with Medical Conditions Drive, You Could Be at Risk

Over the weekend, a man died at the wheel of his vehicle when he suffered a heart problem, causing him to plow his car into a local CVS.  His wife, the passenger in the vehicle, is in stable condition.  Following a trip to the pharmacy, the car suddenly accelerated into the building of CVS when the driver suffered cardiac arrest.

This begs the question, at 77 years old, when you're plagued with health problems, should you still be driving?  Are you a danger to yourself and others on the road or are these occurrences just freak accidents?

Medical Conditions Could Endanger Your Life and Innocent Victims

When drivers with medical conditions take to the road, they could be ticking time bombs.  What if they suffer from cardiac arrest while behind the wheel of a large automobile?  That could be a ton of steel that is heading right for pedestrians, businesses, and other cars.

In accidents such as these, victims could suffer a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • broken bones and fractures
  • severe burns
  • road rash
  • paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • traumatic brain injury
  • back and spine injury
  • death
With these kinds of risks, is it responsible to let people with known potentially life altering health problems behind the wheel of a large automobile?  At what point are state regulators or lawmakers supposed to step in?  And can that law be applied to everyone, or on a case by case basis?

If You've Been Injured

If you've been in an injury with a driver who had a health problem, your injuries may entitle you to compensation.  Was this driver careless in their operation of the vehicle?  Should they have gotten behind the wheel on medication, or without medication?  When you call an experienced personal injury attorney, they will fight for justice and to obtain you the relief you deserve.