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Unusual Accident Risks Revealed by Recent Atlanta Collision

January 29, 2012

Sometimes a combination of factors that may seem unlikely creates unanticipated accident risks. A recent accident in Atlanta reveals potential causes of motor vehicle accidents that most motorists never consider.

The driver who caused the accident has indicated that she “blacked out” before hitting a power pole, causing the power line to drop over the top of the tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer recognized the danger of exiting the vehicle with live electrical wires draped over the truck. The truck driver waited until emergency responders arrived and confirmed that the electricity had been turned off before exiting the vehicle.

While the accident is still under investigation, a person who chooses to drive despite being ill or subject to pre-existing medical conditions can seriously endanger others on the roadway. The process of proving fault in an accident involving a medical condition or emergency can be complicated. Certain types of medical emergencies like stroke, heart attack and epileptic or diabetic seizures can cause serious Atlanta car accidents. If an Atlanta motorist knows that he or she has a medical condition that may impair one’s driving or cause incapacitation, the driver may be liable for causing a collision even if it is triggered by a medical emergency related to the pre-existing medical condition. If you are involved in a collision with someone who asserts that he or she was the victim of an unanticipated medical emergency, it is important to engage in extensive investigation and legal discovery to prove that the other driver knew or should have known of the risk posed by their choice to drive based on their pre-existing medical condition.

The same principle applies to senior citizens who have medical conditions or declining physical or medical skills that may impact their driving ability. While many elderly drivers are able to safely drive well into their senior years, some elderly drivers experience declining mental and physical abilities related to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and other age-related medical conditions that may impair their driving including:

  • Mental confusion
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Reduced mobility associated with arthritis and advanced age
  • Slower reaction time
  • Diminished gross and fine motor skills

Aside from the medical emergency aspect of this Atlanta car accident, the accident also reveals the danger to third parties in the immediate vicinity of an Atlanta traffic collision. While it is possible to be exposed to electrocution accidents when involved in a motor vehicle collision, those in the vicinity of a motor vehicle collision may become the victim of collateral damage. If you are a motorist, bicyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, you may be injured by flying debris, fires, explosions, toxic spills from tankers and other collateral effects of an Atlanta car accident. If you are injured by these collateral effects of an Atlanta car accident, you may have the right to recover compensation from an unreasonably unsafe driver even though you are not directly involved in the collision.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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