By Pendergast Law on August 27, 2013
Two drivers were injured in a Washington car accident involving a head-on collision between a black Audi and a white van. According to a KHQ news report, the crash occurred on Cheney-Spokane Road north of Fish Lake. Officials say the driver of the Audi had a medical episode caused by diabetes before the crash. The Audi crossed the centerline and struck the van head-on. The driver of the van was airlifted to a nearby facility and the driver of the Audi was hospitalized as well. Both have been listed in stable condition.
When someone suffers an injury in a Washington auto accident, it must be determined if negligence was a contributing factor. Drivers who are speeding, intoxicated, or distracted can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Determining liability can become more complicated when the at-fault driver was behaving reasonably safe before suffering from a medical condition.
Can someone be held liable for experiencing a medical episode? Is having a heart attack, going into diabetic shock, or suffering from a seizure a form of driver negligence?
Most drivers with a debilitating medical issue are aware of their condition before they get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many motorists assume they can safely drive although they hear different from their doctor. Their failure to consider the chances of suffering a medical episode while driving is a form of negligence, and all negligent drivers can be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
Victims of careless and reckless drivers can pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages with the help of a skilled Washington personal injury lawyer who will work diligently to protect your legal rights and options.