Several years ago CBS News published an article with a fascinating title: “Is driving with a cold as dangerous as driving drunk?” The writers looked closely at a study where the effects of driving while sick with a cold were analyzed. The results? Driving while sick with a cold could impair driving ability by as much as 50%, comparable to drinking four double whiskeys. With the coronavirus pandemic threatening Florida residents with a second wave of infections, this information should be alarming to those hitting the road.
According to NPR, Florida recently passed 100,000 coronavirus cases. In recent weeks, with Florida re-opening for business, and with widespread testing in place, the state has seen its COVID-19 case numbers grow. Bars have been shut down across the state as some staff and customers were found to have the virus. With more people sick, there might not only be greater risk of infection, but also a greater risk that people might be getting behind the wheel while sick. Are you at risk of being in a car accident with someone who may be very ill from the coronavirus? And what can you do if you’ve been in a crash with someone who was sick behind the wheel? If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Pembroke Pines, Florida, consider reaching out to the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today. Our car accident attorneys can review the details of your case, estimate the value of your claim, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
Injured in a Car Accident Where the Other Driver Was Sick with COVID-19 in Florida?
Researchers studying the impact of the common cold on driving ability and behavior found that driving with the common cold could impact your ability to drive. Drivers had slower reaction times, braked more suddenly and more often, were less aware of surrounding traffic, and were more likely to drive more erratically than other drivers. Drivers who were sick were less alert, all factors that could increase the risk of car accidents. However, there are no laws on the books against driving while sick. Yet, the CDC and other health authorities are asking people to stay home if they are feeling sick, have a fever, or are experiencing the symptoms associated with COVID-19. So, while it may not be illegal to drive with a cold, drivers who put others in danger because they are fatigued, less alert, or unable to perform their driving abilities well could be still held accountable for their actions. For example, some individuals might be taking cold medicine when they are sick. Cold medicine can have an impact on your ability to drive. In fact, some cold medicines have explicit warnings telling users to avoid driving after taking the medicine. If a driver was under the influence of an over the counter or prescription drug that could interfere with his or her ability to drive, he or she could be held responsible for an accident that takes place as a result. If a driver wasn’t alert behind the wheel and made a mistake, like running a red light, speeding, or breaking other laws of the road, victims and families may be able to make a personal injury claim for damages stemming from such an accident.
At the end of the day, if you are not feeling well, you should stay home and not get behind the wheel. If you are feeling sick and need medical attention, you may want to call for emergency services or see if someone can help you get to the doctor or hospital. Symptoms of coronavirus according to the CDC can include fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches, body aches, headaches, sore throat, nausea, and in some extreme cases, difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in the chest, confusion and cognitive symptoms, and inability to stay awake. If you are suffering from the more severe symptoms of the coronavirus, you should not get behind the wheel. Call for emergency personnel or ask to be driven to the hospital by someone who isn’t ill. Driving while sick in the era of the coronavirus pandemic can put everyone in danger. Reach out to the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, car accident lawyers in Pembroke Pines, Florida today.
How a Lawyer Can Help You with Your Car Accident Claim
A lawyer can help you with your car accident claim in Pembroke Pines, Florida by reviewing your case, identifying negligent parties, holding responsible parties accountable, negotiating with insurance companies, and fighting to help you get the settlement you may deserve. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Reach out to the Pembroke Pines, Florida car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today or connect with USAttorneys.com to get matched with a lawyer near you.