This past August in Lake Worth, Texas an 84-year-old man driving a pickup truck apparently went into diabetic shock and struck several vehicles and pedestrians in a parking lot, including a seven-year-old girl who was killed. A total of four children and two adults were also injured in the accident.
While all should be aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, there are also dangers from drivers who are impaired as a result of their failure to take prescribed medication. A diabetic failing to take his or her insulin is a prime example of this danger. Other conditions that may require medication to safely operate a vehicle include heart disease, depression, epilepsy and asthma.
Accidents that occur when a driver blacks out from suffering a heart attack, stroke or other condition are usually serious and often result in fatalities. A driver may not be held responsible for an accident caused by a sudden medical emergency. However, a driver will be held liable for injuries that result of their negligence, including their failure to take a prescribed medicine. This will continue to be a growing concern as more people are continuing to drive well into their eighties. Florida drivers should be particularly aware of this as we have a high proportion of senior drivers.
If you or a family member or friend was injured in an accident caused by a driver who failed to take their medication The Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A can help. Our passionate and knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorneys have over three decades of experience in helping accident victims. Call today to schedule a free consultation.