Possible Medical Condition Caused Accident
Date: July 4, 2013
Location: Interstate 5, Albany
Names: Thomas Malone, Sarah Barber
Thomas Malone, 82, of Turner, was operating his 2001 Hyundai Accent in the northbound lane of interstate 5. Police received several calls from concerned motorists, who reported that Malone was driving erratically. A witness even followed the vehicle for about 6 miles and attempted to help the driver when he stopped on the side of the road. The witness reported that Malone appeared disoriented. As he was attempting to help him, Malone suddenly did a u-turn back into traffic and collided with a vehicle driven by Sarah Barber, 35, of Albany.
Malone suffered minor injuries in the collision and Barber was not reported to be injured at all. It was reported that a pre-existing medical problem likely contributed to his erratic driving, as well as the subsequent accident.
No citations were issued in the accident and Malone’s injured were reported to be minor. Police did not report if either driver was wearing a seatbelt.
We hope Mr. Malone has a full recovery from his injuries. It was very fortunate that no one was seriously injured, as this accident would have likely been much worse if it weren’t for the concerned motorists and the fast response of police officers.
Sometimes, a driver is unable to drive safely because of a medical problem and causes an accident. In some circumstances, the driver may be liable, but in others they may not. In cases like this, a car accident attorney can help you investigate the true cause of the crash.
Some common instances include:
- The medication the driver was taking impaired their driving
- The driver’s medical condition caused them to lose of control of the vehicle
- The driver has experienced sudden loss of hearing, vision, or reflexes
- The driver has a heart attack while driving
If the driver took too much of the medication, for example, they (and their auto insurance policy) may be liable for any injuries, but if they were misdiagnosed or given the wrong medication, a medical provider or pharmacy might be liable. It is crucial that liability be thoroughly investigated in any crash with an unknown cause.
Hiring a competent Portland personal injury attorney is a great first step to getting the investigation process started. Some attorneys will even do this investigation without any costs out of your pocket.