Many drivers are suffering from medical conditions that can make them dangerous on the road. Some conditions, like epilepsy, sleep disorders, nerve damage and psychological disorders, only exhibit symptoms occasionally, but the consequences can be deadly if they strike behind the wheel.
Am I Liable If Prescription Drugs Caused My Accident?
Drivers can also be impaired by the side effects of drugs, including legal prescriptions. Doctors recommend not operating heavy machinery, including cars, if a medication causes drowsiness, confusion, delayed reaction time or any other serious side effects.
Knowing how health problems can affect their driving abilities is part of every driver’s responsibility to protect others on the road, known as their “duty of reasonable care”. Likewise, patients should always ask their doctors if prescribed medications come with any harmful side effects.
A judge has convicted a Steamboat Springs man of careless driving and “weaving” in an accident that killed a German motorcyclist.
In July 2013, the driver swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with two Germans who were touring America on motorcycles, killing one man at the scene. There was no evidence that he tried to avoid the accident, and no evidence of drug or alcohol impairment.
The driver’s attorney reported that the driver suffered from diabetes, and may have blacked out before the accident. The driver testified that he felt “a tingling sensation” shortly before the collision, and paramedics found that his heart rate and blood sugar were both elevated after the crash.
The prosecution argued that the man initially denied blacking out to first responders, and none of the medical professionals working on the case found any medical evidence to support his blackout claim.
The man faces anywhere from 10 days to 1 year in Routt County Jail and up to $1,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 13.
Drivers who are intoxicated, distracted or otherwise impaired pose a huge threat to motorcyclists. Even when they are operating safely, motorcyclists will always suffer the worst injuries in collisions with a bigger vehicle.
Every driver’s primary obligation is to navigate his or her vehicle safely. If drivers choose to get behind the wheel with an illness that could impair their judgment or performance, their negligence could kill a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Colorado
If an impaired driver caused your motorcycle accident, serious injuries could cost you thousands in medical bills. At Metier Law Firm, we believe that holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions helps every motorcyclist travel safely. Our legal experience could make a crucial difference in your case, so call today for a free consultation with one of our motorcycle attorneys.
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