In an ironic twist, a passenger’s fatal heart attack may have caused the driver of the vehicle to become distracted, leading to a single-car crash, according to recent reports. The crash occurred on Torrey Pines Road, just east of Hidden Valley Road, when the 81-year-old female driver of a Lexus crossed over the median, striking a curb and signal box. The crash was precipitated by a heart attack suffered by her 77-year-old passenger. The victim was rushed to an area hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The driver does not appear to have been injured serious in the crash.
In most cases in which a heart attack, stroke or other sudden seizure causes an accident, it is due to a medical emergency on the part of the driver. It is difficult to state with certainty exactly how many crashes relate to these types of incidents; many single-car crashes are thought to have originated with a medical emergency, but the facts of the crash may never be completely clear.
However, when someone else has a heart attack in your vehicle while you are driving, it is very easy to become distracted. This distraction could lead to a serious accident that could not only injury the already-sick passenger but you as well. Here are some tips for staying safe if there is a medical emergency in your car:
If you have been the victim of a car accident, contact Daniel M. Gilleon in San Diego today for help.