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Driver Suffers Medical Emergency Before Car Accident

The driver of a Shuttle Express van suffered a medical emergency and plowed into a building downtown Seattle today. The van had jumped the sidewalk and plowed through a group of pedestrians before it struck a Gap store on the corner of 5th Avenue and Pine Street. Six people were injured in this crash-four pedestrians who were struck by the van, another pedestrian hit by large falling glass panels, and the van driver.

The shuttle’s lone passenger was uninjured in the crash. All victims were transported to area hospitals; one of the victims is listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, while the rest are classified as in serious condition.

Witnesses said the van was heading south on 5th Avenue before it careened towards the busy sidewalk. Assistant Police Chief Marc Garth Green said the driver had lost consciousness before the crash and that there was “nothing obvious to make this an intentional act or deliberate.”

Determining Who’s At-Fault for An Car Accident or Pedestrian Accident

After the dust has settled and the injuries have been seen to, the first question any accident victim usually asks is “Who’s at fault?” That question is usually  followed up with “How am I going to pay for this?”  Those are very important questions, especially when the accident may have happened through no-fault of your own.

Determining fault by the responsible parties for a car accident and a pedestrian accident is very important. Especially when it comes to determining who is responsible for payment when damages are involved. However, fault is not always black and white. And a medical emergency defense falls right into a shadowy gray area.

What If the Other Driver Claims a Medical Emergency for the Car Accident?

If you are on the receiving end of a car crash where the other driver claims a medical emergency, consider these tips:

Fielding Law Group’s Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident where the at-fault driver is claiming a blackout or sudden medical emergency, chances are, you need to talk to an experienced attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Call Fielding Law Group today for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team will fight to get the compensation you deserve so that you can concentrate on recovery and getting on with your life! Remember-Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!