Posted on March 20, 2018
Sometimes, vehicle accidents don’t just happen because drivers are failing to pay attention to the rules of the road or due to weather conditions. This was prevalent today in a New Kensington accident that might have resulted due to a driver’s medical emergency. The medical emergency might have been at play in a 3-car accident today that ended up setting one vehicle on fire. Fire crews were called to the scene today after the accident took place near the intersection of Craigdell and Leechburg roads, which were closed for some time until the accident was cleaned up.
Witnesses were pulling an unidentified man from his vehicle and performing CPR while the car involved in the crash was engulfed in flames yards from the people. The man’s condition is unknown but it is believed that he was suffering from a medical emergency and was taken to the Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison immediately after they arrived on the scene.
Luckily, the other drivers involved in the accident were not injured and the car fire was brought under control very easily.
When a Medical Emergency Occurs
In today’s New Kensington accident, it is believed that a sudden medical emergency occurred. If a driver has an unforeseen medical emergency, it doesn’t seem right that they would be liable in the event of an accident, because somebody who has a medical emergency is not expected to retain control of their vehicle under all circumstances. A driver who suffered must be able to show that they lost consciousness due to a medical emergency and that this emergency was very sudden. For instance, what if a driver suffers a heart attack during a driving event but never had one prior to the accident? They did not foresee this, so they might not be held liable.
If the driver did foresee the event because they had previous similar events like it, then they could be held liable even in an emergency. It helps to understand your rights in these cases, so contact an attorney if you have been injured in an accident. We are waiting to hear from you at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, so give us a call today at 888-208-1810.