Driver Suffers Medical Emergency, Causing Crash

Police say the man who crashed into a traffic control box in Thousand Palms Tuesday suffered a medical emergency, causing him to black out. The man says he has a preexisting medical condition and was attempting to drive from his home to the fire station to seek assistance. On the way, he lost consciousness and crashed into the pole.

A good Samaritan pulled over and brought the driver to the fire station. He was then transported to Eisenhower Medical Center.

Witnesses saw the man driving erratically prior to the crash. He was apparently driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed crashing into other vehicles.

Should you Drive while Experiencing a Medical Emergency?

While it’s important to get medical assistance when you are experiencing an emergency, driving is not always the safest way to get to your destination. If you are alone and suffering from an emergency that could make driving dangerous, call 911 right away. If someone is with you and is able to safely drive you to the hospital, that is another option. Never drive yourself if you feel any of these symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Double vision
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty speaking or confusion
  • Sudden/severe pain
  • Uncontrollable bleeding

“If you have any doubt that you’ll reach your destination safely due to the symptoms you’re experiencing, call 911 instead,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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