A new study has found that a doctor’s simple recommendation for a patient to stop driving can cut the chances of a car accident in half.

Traffic Study: Doctors’ Recommendations Can Prevent Car Accidents

Each year across the country drivers who suffer from medical emergencies cause numerous car accidents. This summer a driver on Beacon Hill Avenue South, in Seattle, suffered a medical emergency causing his car to roll three times. The man, whose accident was connected with his diabetes, sustained serious, life-threatening injuries.

What could we do to prevent car accidents caused by medical emergencies? While some medical emergencies, such as a sudden heart attack, can’t be predicted, other medical issues can be diagnosed before a potential car accident takes place. In many cases, patients with medical conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, chronic fainting, and alcoholism are prone to losing consciousness behind the wheel or driving while disoriented and confused. Making these drivers aware of their heightened chances of a car accident – and asking them not to drive if their disease is not under control – is key to reducing the number of crashes related to illness.

A new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that simple doctor recommendations to patients could significantly cut the chances of car accidents caused by medical conditions. The study, which involved following Ontario drivers with national health cards for three years, found that doctors warned about 100,000 drivers to stop getting behind the wheel for medical reasons – and that among this group of drivers, the car accident rate fell by 50 percent. What’s the takeaway lesson? Doctors can save lives by alerting certain patients about the dangers of driving with specific illnesses and diseases.

If you have been seriously injured in a Washington car crash, it is vital to understand why the accident took place and who was at fault. If your accident involved a driver who had a medical emergency, it is important to know whether the driver was aware of their health condition, whether that health condition had caused accidents in the past, and whether they had been asked to stop driving by a medical professional. To learn more about your potential personal injury suit, or to request a free case evaluation, call Andrew Kim toll free at 800-636-3676.