What can I do if another driver has a medical emergency behind the wheel and causes a crash that injures me?

medical emergency causing a car crashA medical emergency can happen at any time. These sudden events don’t wait until a person is close to a hospital or has someone nearby to aid them. They strike quickly at home, at work, and sometimes even behind the wheel of a car. Those situations can be scary and dangerous for both the ill driver and others on the road, as the affected driver may be at least temporarily unable to control his vehicle and could cause a crash.

While accident victims likely have sympathy for the other driver and are understanding of the cause of the accident, they may find themselves also facing serious injury and a demanding road to recovery. It’s a natural hesitation to shy away from pursuing a legal case against an ill person. However, it is possible to obtain compensation from the driver’s insurance company to cover the expenses associated with your injury.

Common Medical Emergencies Behind the Wheel

While crashes caused by medical emergencies are relatively rare, they do happen. Most often, these accidents are related to:

  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Blackout
  • Diabetic reactions
  • Heart attack

The symptoms of these events may come on suddenly and impair the driver either physically, cognitively, or both. For example, a person may be unable to steer from arm pain and/or concentrate on the road from dizziness, both common symptoms in those who suffer a heart attack.

Obtaining Compensation to Protect Your Future After a Crash

You may be hesitant to pursue legal action against a person who has recently suffered from a medical emergency. However, it is most often the insurance company who provides the compensation that will help you make as full a recovery as possible from your injuries. Automobile insurance can help accident victims with:

Additionally, these drivers are not always blameless. A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that many drivers who experienced a medical emergency and caused an accident were aware of their condition before getting behind the wheel. Just as a driver should not take to the road after drinking or taking drugs, neither should a driver who knows his physical or mental health could endanger those who are sharing the road.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a vehicle crash, you may have rights to care and compensation. At The Law Office of Ben Crittenden, attorney Ben Crittenden is dedicated to helping victims’ voices be heard and obtaining the compensation they need to move forward. Call Ben’s Anchorage office today or request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your legal rights.