Our Chicago truck accident attorneys recently read a report detailing a collision caused by the sudden black out of one of the drivers involved. Geneva.patch.com released that the accident occurred earlier this month around 3:34pm in the 1600 block of Kaneville Road in Geneva, Illinois. Police say a 61-year old driver from the area crashed into the rear of a large postal service truck, driven by a 51 year-old of Batvia, Illinois.
As a result, emergency crews rushed to the scene and took both drivers to Delnor Hospital. After speaking with the driver who caused the collision, authorities learned that he claimed he blacked out for a moment while driving, and when he regained full consciousness, he was too close to the back of the postal truck to stop. Police say no alcohol was involved, and the driver was later issued a warning notice for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
From the perspective of our Illinois truck accident attorneys, while road traffic accidents most commonly occur due to negligent motorists, distracted driving, or some form of driver error, other accidents may be caused by sudden illness of the driver. There are many rules and laws in place that are worthwhile for every driver to know in the case that an unexpected medical condition arises while driving. These unexpected medical conditions that are considered to be “sudden illness” behind the wheel most commonly include heart attacks, seizures, strokes, and epilepsy. In the above case, the driver suffered a sudden black out and was unable to drive his vehicle appropriately to avoid an accident.
If you are overcome by illness while driving and are in an accident, it is crucial to inform emergency services of your condition as soon as possible, as a primary issue in these types of accidents is liability. There is a good chance that you will not be prosecuted for causing an accident, as you most likely had no control over the car at that stage. However, medical evidence will be critical in determining liability. Contact your insurance company who will explain your rights as the driver who suffered the sudden illness. Even if you are in the car with a driver who suffers from a medical condition, you may have the ability to claim. Accidents caused by unexpected medical conditions while driving have the potential of becoming very complex as far as where legal liability truly falls. Determining who is liable for the accident depends on numerous factors, such as medical evidence, whether the driver’s medical condition was fatal or non-fatal, the driver’s history of medical conditions, who was injured in the accident, and whether the accident itself was the cause of a heart attack or other illness to the driver.
Every year, our Chicago truck accident lawyers provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. In the case of an accident caused by sudden illness to the driver, we can help you determine where liability falls, in addition to helping accident victims compensate for personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, please contact our Illinois accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti. We are willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse is available to you, and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.