A crash that killed a 71-year-old man at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Rainbow Boulevard may have been caused by a medical episode, according to police sources. The unidentified man rear-ended the trailer of a semi truck while driving south on Rainbow after side-swiping a Toyota Prius. The victim was pronounced dead after being transported to Spring Valley Hospital.
The crash is being investigated and has not yet been ruled a “traffic-related” fatality. If the crash was determined to have been caused by a medical condition, it will be classified as an accident but not a traffic-related death.
Medically-Induced Crashes Are Common
It is more common than many people realize for someone to be hurt or even killed in an accident that includes a medical component. If someone has a stroke, heart attack or other medical condition while driving, he or she may lose control and strike another vehicle or a stationary object. This can lead to serious injury or death for the driver or for innocent victims.
Many people also do not realize that driving while using certain drugs is extremely dangerous and can lead to accidents. The fact that a drug is prescribed by a doctor does not make it safe to take while driving. Every year, thousands of people are arrested and many others are hurt or killed due to “drugged driving.”
Those who have a medical condition must take strict precautions to protect themselves and others who may be affected by their driving.
Can I Collect Compensation From a Medically-Related Crash?
The liability for a medically-related crash depends on the circumstances. If the driver willfully and deliberately ignored medical warnings not to drive while taking medication, or if the driver refused to take medication to treat an existing condition, it is possible that the driver may be liable. However, a sudden heart attack or stroke may come at any time without warning, so the driver cannot always be held responsible for the accident. In those cases, there may be other avenues of liability to explore.
A personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help those who are victims of a medically-induced accident. Call us today for a free consultation about your case to learn more. We may be able to help you collect compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other costs.