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Which Medical Conditions May Lead To Car Accidents?

by / Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Published in Personal Injury
Medical Conditions Car Accidents

Medical Conditions Car AccidentsA car accident is a misfortune that can occur to anyone. Dealing with different lawyers, mechanics, claims adjusters and doctors that the mishap resolution involves can be a painful and distressing experience. Nevertheless, numerous accidents occur every day and the statistics are quite shocking.

Regardless of great efforts of educational driving programs and law enforcement, accidents still happen. Sometimes car crashes occur due to natural conditions like hurricanes, floods or flashes. Regrettably many frequent causes of car accidents are unforeseen medical conditions.

It is important to know some of the medical conditions that may lead to auto accidents and the legal implications surrounding them. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a competent Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorney for expert legal advice.

There are various conditions or disorders that may inhibit a driver’s judgement, coordination, attention and mental capacity thus resulting to a car crash. Anything inhibiting a driver’s ability on the road is hazardous not just for the driver but also to others sharing the road.

Luckily, most auto accidents caused by such medical conditions can be avoided before they occur thus saving lives and improving road safety for other users.

Stroke

A stroke occurs when free blood flow to the brain is interrupted thus affecting the functioning of the brain. This affects mobility of major body organs like the limbs and eyes. As it is well known impaired movement or vision is one of the leading causes of car crashes. Consequently, if you have suffered a stroke before or you think you’re at risk, you should consult your therapist or physician to test your driving skills before going back on the road.

Seizures/Epilepsy

Seizures occur when the brain’s electrical system malfunctions. The result may be a flow of energy on the brain causing unconsciousness. Although seizures last for a couple of minutes, the confusion afterwards may be long-term. This poses a big risk to a driver as it affects their judgment and coordination on the road. Even though you may be allowed to drive after going for treatment or taking medication to control the condition, there are regulations to adhere by.

In addition, those who have been free of epilepsy for about 6 months can acquire a driving license as long as they provide a certificate issued by their physician.

Heart Attacks

Heart attack is characterized by inadequate flow of blood in the body as a result the heart is weakened. This condition is also referred to as myocardial infarctions. This condition may pose a great risk if it strikes when an individual is behind the wheels. Heart attacks are painful and sudden and may make an individual incapable of driving and at a great risk of causing a car accident.

It is prudent to consult your healthcare provider if you have experience regular heart attacks previously to get advice regarding regular activities including driving.

Other Medical Conditions

There are other conditions that may affect a person’s faculties required for driving a car. These conditions may include Dementia, Alzheimer’s illness and Parkinson’s disease, some of which are age-related. For instance, if a driver cannot recall the rules of driving, his destination and the correct side to drive on then the outcome would be devastating.

If you have been a victim of a car accident injury in Melbourne or Titusville, contact the board certified experts at Nance Cacciatore for a free consultation.

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