A 10-year-old boy who was waiting for a bus to get home from school was killed in a pedestrian accident after he was struck by an SUV. According to a report in The New York Times, the driver, a man in his 50s, was traveling north on Ocean Avenue near Avenue L in an SUV when he veered off the roadway and mounted a sidewalk where the boy was standing. Officials say the motorist had suffered a medical episode causing him to lose control of the vehicle at a Brooklyn intersection.
The driver, who was riding with his 9-year-old daughter, went on to hit a scaffold on Ocean Avenue. Police officers found the boy with severe injuries to his neck and back. He was transported to an area hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The girl was transported to the hospital for evaluation. No arrests have been made as the investigation continues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this child. We offer them our deepest condolences.
This horrific collision is reminiscent of another fatal one that occurred in March 2018 in Brooklyn, which garnered national attention. In that incident, a car crashed into a 20-month-old boy and a 5-year-old girl at an intersection in the Park Slope neighborhood. Both children were killed. The driver there was reportedly prone to seizures and suffered from multiple sclerosis and had run a red light before striking the two children and both of their mothers. In that case, the woman got behind the wheel even though her doctor had instructed her not to drive.
Common Medical Conditions That Affect Driving
Alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distractions are not the only factors that can impair one’s driving ability. There are a number of medical conditions that can make driving difficult or even dangerous ranging from vision problems to others that may affect one’s judgment. Here are some of the most common medical conditions that may affect driving ability.
Cataracts: When the lens of the eye becomes opaque causing blurred vision, the condition is known as a cataract. This may affect one or both eyes and can have a significant effect on your ability to drive safely. Someone in the early stages of a cataract might not experience too much trouble with vision. But, in the later stages, it can cause issues including double vision and poor night vision. Corrective surgery is available in most cases to relieve symptoms.
Macular degeneration: This is one of the leading causes of vision loss, particularly among those 60 years and above. Macular degeneration refers to the progressive worsening and loss of vision that happens with aging. It may distort your central field of vision and make objects appear less sharp and defined. It can make seeing road signs, pedestrians and other objects difficult. There is unfortunately no cure for macular degeneration.
Dementia: This is a condition that affects memory, thinking and social skills. While the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, it may also be caused by stroke, brain injury and other health conditions. Dementia makes driving unsafe because it impairs one’s judgment, memory and decision-making skills. Dementia is always progressive and as an individual’s condition worsens, driving becomes too risky and dangerous.
Epilepsy: This is a neurological disorder that causes recurring seizures. Epilepsy may be caused by genetic disorders, brain injury and even stroke. Seizures cause a temporary loss of consciousness. Therefore, driving with uncontrolled epilepsy is a serious safety issue. Many people with epilepsy are typically subject to restricted driving privileges unless they can prove that the condition is controlled and that they have been seizure-free for a certain period of time.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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