The answer is that just like driving drunk, driving with certain preexisting medical conditions is considered impaired driving.
Impaired driving by definition refers to the deterioration of a person’s judgment which results in a decrease in their physical ability to drive. While this is most often associated with alcohol or drug use, experts suggest that as much as 20% of cases involve a preexisting medical condition like diabetes, seizure disorders and poor eyesight.
These conditions typically mean a driver has specific restrictions as to when and where they can drive. For example, epileptics and those with poor eyesight often cannot drive at night and others may not be able to drive on busy interstates. The DMV provides a list of driving requirements for specific conditions.
Determining fault in an accident
In a ‘typical’ auto accident, it is easy to determine fault. However, certain factors such as a medical condition can complicate the issue. Moreover, no two accidents are alike. Each accident has its own variables to deal with including:
- Intentionality of negligence
- How much the medical condition impacted the crash
- Bodily and financial injuries
An undiagnosed medical condition makes determining fault even harder. If a person with a diagnosed medical condition causes an accident because they were not complying with the restrictions of their condition, it is easier to determine their role in the accident. However, a random act of passing out while driving may result in a lesser charge.
It is hard to know how to handle the legalities surrounding an injury-related vehicle accident properly without the help of a trained law professional. If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, please schedule a free consultation with Tennessee car accident attorneys at Gilreath & Associates today. We can help you build your case.