Witnesses of an accident that occurred on I-15 last weekend reported that they saw the SUV’s passenger attempting to operate the vehicle before it went off the side of the freeway. The California Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene where firefighters removed the driver from the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver was taken to the hospital with injuries but the passenger of the vehicle, who was not identified, passed away.
Witnesses believe that a sudden medical emergency may have caused the accident to begin with. If you are operating a vehicle having a medical emergency, it can be all the more alarming. If you are able to use your hazard lights to indicate to other drivers that something is amiss and attempt to move your vehicle to the shoulder.
It can be terrifying to go through this experience but alerting other drivers, if possible, and removing your vehicle from the road may help you avoid being in a severe accident and injuring others. As soon as you move the vehicle off the road, attempt to get medical help by calling 911 as soon as possible. If you believe that you are suffering a medical emergency and you do have other passengers in the car, alert them to the situation so that they can react as appropriate.
No one can predict a medical emergency, and having one in the car while you’re behind the wheel is a frustrating and unnerving experience. If you are in the passenger seat when the driver appears to be suffering in a medical emergency, you may need to step in and help get the car off the road as quickly as possible. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may have the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines