When we think of a negligent driver we think of careless or reckless actions specifically related to driving. This often includes speeding, following too closely, or talking on the phone while driving. However, you may or may not realize that there are other ways that drivers are negligent and put others in harm’s way, even driving with a known medical condition.
As you know, all drivers have a legal duty when they get behind the wheel of a car or truck to practice safe driving habits. When drivers breach this duty and cause accidents resulting in personal injuries, these drivers can be held liable in court for negligence. You may be wondering though how suffering from a medical condition is related to driver negligence. Certainly individuals don’t choose to suffer from poor vision or heart problems like they choose to drive aggressively or excessively speed. However, negligence related to known medical conditions comes into play when drivers know that they have medical conditions that could impair their ability to drive, yet still get behind the wheel. If someone knowingly suffers seizures, heart conditions or night blindness and gets behind the wheel, they can be held liable if their health problems cause them to lose control of their vehicle and cause injuries to others.
According to recent news by ABC, one truck driver may have breached this duty of care by knowingly driving while suffering a medical condition. Emergency crews responded to an accident where a truck jack-knifed and left behind a trail of debris and damage. The truck driver unfortunately died at the scene of the accident, but authorities say that his medical problems may have contributed to the accident. While the article does not indicate whether the truck crash caused injury to others, if it had and the driver was previously aware of health issues that could affect his ability to safely operate his vehicle , any injured victims would possibly be able to take legal action against the driver and trucking company.
Our attorneys believe in working hard to uphold the rights of accident victims. We advocate for those who have suffered injuries and losses due to the negligence of others. If you have suffered personal injuries or lost a family member in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit. Such compensation can be awarded to you and your family for expenses such as medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice you deserve.