Medical Emergency May Have Caused Car Accident
A car crashed and rolled over onto the sidewalk outside of Detroit’s federal courthouse on Nov. 24.
The vehicle jumped the curb, hit the poll, and rolled over but did not hit the building. The driver, though, has been treated for injuries after being rescued with the Jaws of Life. As disastrous as the accident seems, it “doesn’t seem to be anything more” than a typical crash, court spokesman Rod Hansen told MLive.
“The only thing I know about it is what I’m told,” said Hansen. “The car was north on Shelby, apparently going way too fast, tried to make a left-hand turn onto Fort and didn’t quite make it and hit the light pole right in front of the entrance and apparently flipped the car over.”
Though not much is known about the cause of the accident, Click On Detroit reports that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency.
Car accidents happen frequently — too frequently — but accidents caused by medical emergencies seldom occur. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the percentage of drivers in crashes precipitated by their medical emergencies while driving are relatively rare, accounting for only 1.3% of all drivers. The most common reason for car accidents nowadays is distracted driving. Data from 2013 shows that distracted driving accidents claimed the lives of more than 3,100 people and injured about 424,000 more.
The most common medical emergencies that led to car accidents were seizures, blackouts, or diabetic reactions, which precipitated about 84% of the drivers who got into an accident because of their medical conditions. In the majority (85%) of incidents, the crashes were single-car accidents, while only 17% involved another driver. Drivers with medical conditions were also found to be more likely than other drivers to be more severely injured or to die as a result of the accident.