What if my accident was caused by someone experiencing a sudden medical condition?

If a victim of any auto accident caused by a sudden medical condition elects to file an insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, they may face a confusing legal battle.

In some cases, a sudden medical emergency on the part of the at-fault driver may absolve them of financial liability for damages. However, cases involving successful defenses for sudden medical emergencies usually require the driver to be fully unconscious due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cases involving intentional injuries to other people are also not covered by third-party liability insurance in many circumstances. This is because insurance policies on cars and other vehicles often cover negligence, but not intentional torts. In this case, authorities are not yet aware of whether the at-fault driver intended to harm other people, or whether she did not understand what she was doing at the time of the crashes.

If the driver who was at fault for the collisions was indeed suffering from a psychotic episode, and if an organization such as a government agency was aware that she was prone to these episodes and failed to properly supervise her, the injured victims might be able to file a claim against the agency that could have prevented the crash if they had supervised her properly.

Insurance claims involving so many vehicles and so many complicated legal issues can be difficult to navigate alone. In circumstances like these, it is often a good idea to work with an experienced team of car accident attorneys in order to recover compensation for time off work, medical bills, and other damages caused in a car wreck.

Chris Davis
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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.