According to police, five people, including a young child, have been injured in a single vehicle crash on Biscayne Boulevard. The crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m. when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee had a medical emergency and lost consciousness. According to Captain Ignatius Carroll of Miami Fire Rescue, “The vehicle came across Biscayne Boulevard heading east, slammed into a traffic light, hit the curb, and ended up on a sidewalk right in front of the Port of Miami sign.”
The impact of the crash caused the SUV to flip onto its side and hit a pole, trapping the passengers inside. Witnesses stopped and were able to pull out the 5-year-old girl who was bleeding severely. Firefighters soon arrived on the scene and removed the four adults. The child and a woman were taken to Ryder Trauma Center. The others were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Carroll stated that, “It’s a good thing nobody else was actually walking along the sidewalk. No other vehicles were involved so this was only contained to one vehicle and the five people inside that car.”
Medical Emergencies and Personal Injury
When an accident occurs due to a driver suffering a medical emergency, is that driver still at fault? The answer is often “yes.” Rarely does claiming a medical emergency as a defense excuse at-fault drivers for liability. This is because drivers have a duty to keep their vehicles under control. They should ensure they are physically and mentally capable of doing so, or they should not be driving.
Unfortunately, poor health and advanced age can make the safe operation of a vehicle difficult. When a driver suffers from ill-health, failing eyesight or mental confusion, it could impair driving ability. Because of this, drivers who suffer a medical emergency which leads to a crash are rarely let off the hook for damages.
If you have been injured in an accident in which the driver claims to have suffered a medical emergency, it is important that you speak with a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami. Your attorney can help you gather the right type of evidence and build a solid case explaining why you deserve compensation for your damages. Drivers carry insurance so they can cover damages when a crash occurs. Whether they intentionally caused the accident or a medical issue is the reason, they are still responsible. Talk to the team at Bernstein & Maryanoff today for more information.