Three people, including the elderly at-fault driver, suffered injuries in a head-on collision in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), on the morning of July 30, 2015. The multivehicle crash occurred on Tidewater Drive, between Thole Street and Biltmore Road, just past the I-64 overpass.
According to WAVY-TV 10, an elderly woman suffered a medical emergency before crossing a set of double yellow lines and entering the path of oncoming traffic. Her car collided with an SUV and another car, causing property damage and inflicting injuries on the drivers of both of those vehicles. The nature of the woman's health crisis was not reported, but the television station noted that all the people hurt are expected to survive.
The identity of the at-fault driver no doubt raises concerns about people who have become too old and frail to operate a motor vehicle safety. While that issue always needs to be addressed within families, among friends and through discussions with doctors, people need to recognize any driver of any age can suddenly and unexpectedly lose control of their car or truck. Seizures, fainting spells, blurred vision and nausea can all come on suddenly, putting the sick person and everyone else on the road in danger.
People taking strong painkillers, sedatives and mood-altering prescription drugs are particularly at risk for losing mental focus and physical control behind the wheel. Individuals who have gone too long without proper sleep, and those recovering from major illnesses also need to think about their fitness for driving. Explaining that a medical emergency occurred rarely excuses a driver from liability for injuring other and causing damage.