Do Medical Conditions Lead to Vehicle Accidents?

Did you know that medical emergencies cause vehicle accidents? These emergencies can include blackouts, heart attacks or seizures. Photo of car accident

In some cases, the emergencies are unexpected, causing drivers lose the ability to control a vehicle as they struggle with their ailment. In other cases, drivers have a history of complications and they continue to drive anyways, putting other people on the road at-risk.

In a 2009 study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that medical emergencies caused about 1.3 percent of all vehicle crashes occurring nationally. Among these crashes, 84 percent of drivers had experienced “seizures, blackouts or diabetic reactions” prior to the impact of an accident.

Of the accidents reported due to medical emergencies, the NHTSA reported that 62 percent of were single-vehicle accidents. Additionally, most crashes caused by medical emergencies occur between 6 a.m. and 11:59 a.m.

“Drivers in crashes precipitated by medical emergencies were more likely than other drivers to be more severely injured or to die as a result of the crash,” the NHTSA report said. “Patient education by health care providers on early warning signs of a health crisis, such as warning signs before seizure attacks, diabetic or hypoglycemic comas and potential side effects of medications are recommended as the most effective countermeasure.”

Two Injured in Woodbridge School Bus Accident

We bring medical emergency crashes up because recently, a Dapper school bus driver was injured in a Woodbridge accident. According to, the driver is believed to have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.

The website reported that no children were on the bus when the accident occurred. The crash occurred on October 28, when the bus traveled off the roadway on Main Street, striking a curb, speed limit sign, pole and guardrail. The bus continued to travel after hitting the objects, sideswiping another vehicle before coming to rest near a tree.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that was sideswiped, a 62-year-old Metuchen woman, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Raritan Bay Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the bus, a 69-year-old Iselin resident, suffered critical injuries and was transported to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The accident remains under investigation.

What Can I Do After a Bus Accident?

If you are ever involved in a medical emergency accident, talk to our Middlesex County injury attorneys about having an independent investigation into the crash performed. If you can show that the driver had a history of issues including seizures or blackouts, and that he or she was driving despite knowing about conditions that affected his or her functions, you may be able to hold him or her liable.

Additionally, employers are liable for making sure drivers do not have medical conditions that could endanger people on the road. They should ask employees about health conditions and check in on them regularly.

You should not have to suffer because another driver negligently disregarded his or her health and put you at risk for a crash. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further reading about New Jersey vehicle accidents.

Spevack Law Firm – Middlesex County Injury Attorneys


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