Medically unfit drivers in Orange County: Tustin driver has seizure and causes car crash
An Orange County driver lost control of his car and crashed, but does not remember the car accident. Police are blaming the car wreck on a seizure.
The highway accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. The unlicensed driver was on the 17th-street on-ramp to southbound 55 in Tustin when he suffered the seizure and lost control of his Honda Civic.
The driver struck at least one car in the fast lane of southbound 55. He then crossed all lanes to the right shoulder and drove through the vegetation along the freeway. The car stopped when it hit the driver’s side of a gardening truck. The truck was shoved into the freeway wall, but no one in the truck was injured.
The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital.
California Highway Patrol officers originally thought the driver was trying to flee the scene, but the medical exam determined that he had suffered a seizure. The driver remembered getting in the car to drive to work; he had no memory of the crash.
While the driver could not prevent the seizure, he was unlicensed and uninsured and should not have been driving.
Drivers experiencing medical emergencies often cause California highway accidents. Heart attacks while driving, diabetic black outs, seizures, vision problems or other medical issues can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause a crash. A driver with a history of medical problems, should know about the risk of losing consciousness while driving band should avoid getting behind the wheel. Medication can also cause drivers to fall asleep while driving and cause accidents, so drivers are responsible for not driving if a prescribed medication causes significant drowsiness.
If your lawyer can prove prior knowledge of a medical condition or use of prescription drugs that cause the driver to fall asleep at the wheel, you may have a strong liability claim against the negligent driver. To discuss your Orange County car crash injury claim, contact the OC car wreck attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie.