As a personal injury law firm, our job is often to hold at-fault parties
responsible for automobile accidents. These crashes sometimes involve
multiple vehicles, pedestrians, and even homes or other property being
struck by automobiles. In some situations, the party at-fault is easy
to determine by investigating the police report and seeing causes such
as speeding, distraction, or voluntary impairment. In some situations,
however, the at-fault party may not be held liable for damages resulting
from a crash. One such situation is in the event of an unexpected medical
emergency which causes a driver to wreck.
In the event that you or a loved one loses consciousness or experiences
a sudden medical emergency while driving in Georgia, it is not possible
to be held liable legally as long as you were not aware of the imminent
threat beforehand. In Georgia, crashes caused by inevitable physical causes
are considered to be an “Act of God”. These events may include
sudden illness or death and can include no human agency involvement. Unforeseeable
medical conditions can only be considered unexpected if the person was
not forewarned by a medical professional of the possibility. Georgia law
states that the Act of God defense can be used only if an ailment causes
a driver to lose consciousness suddenly, which is completely unforeseeable.
On the other hand, if a driver has any reason to expect their own loss
of consciousness prior to a crash, they may not be held as innocent.
If you begin feeling light-headed or ill while operating a vehicle, it
is always best to pull over as soon as possible and seek medical assistance.
Unexpected medical emergencies occur every day and no one is exempt.
Even if you are in perfect health, it is important to be aware of your
rights and Georgia motor vehicle laws. Most individuals who find themselves
in a position of defending themselves in a crash involving a sudden medical
emergency were not aware that they would be facing that feat beforehand.