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Former Washington D.C. Mayor and current Councilman Marion Barry, 78, was involved in a car accident in Washington D.C. According to FOX News (8.3.14), Barry was seen driving the wrong way down Pennsylvania Avenue before colliding with another car.
The wrong-way crash happened in the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
FOX News reported that Barry’s spokesperson said that Barry had had a hypoglycemic attack as a result of his diabetes.
People with diabetes may have low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time.Hypoglycemia, can lead to confusion, delayed reaction, impaired vision, lack of coordination, or loss of consciousness. Partly as a result, drivers with diabetes have a 12 percent to 19 percent increased risk of having a car accident, studies show.
In some car accident cases linked to a driver’s medical condition, the driver may argue that he or she is not at fault for causing the accident because the driver suffered a sudden and unexpected medical condition at the time the accident occurred. To resolve the case, there is rarely a standard answer. Each accident case can vary due to any number of factors including intentionality of negligence, what type of impairment the driver has, how much the medical condition impacted the crash, and physical and financial injuries.
Under New York State law, in order to successfully file and win a wrongful death lawsuit, it must be proven that the driver had been driving in a reckless manner or with a disregard for the safety of others. This means, there must be sufficient evidence to show that the driver knew he or she was about to have a hypoglycemic episode and drove anyway.
A study of 202 people with insulin-treated diabetes revealed that 121 (59.9%) participants said that they never tested their blood glucose before driving and sixty-four participants (31.7%) had experienced hypoglycaemia while driving. Most participants (89%) said they would stop driving if they began to feel symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, it can be difficult to recognize milder symptoms.
Besides, hypoglycemia other medical conditions that can cause serious auto accidents include seizures, strokes, heart attacks, or a sleep disorder. Although medical conditions are often uncontrollable, drivers must think about their risk factors before driving. Every driver has a responsibility to know how their health problems may affect their driving abilities.