A dump truck overturned in South Philadelphia yesterday in the eastbound lanes near the Penrose Avenue/Airport and Passyunk ramps on I-76. It was around 12:30 p.m. when the truck flipped, resulting in its load of what appeared to be gravel or fine sand to spill across all three lanes of the interstate. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident.
NBC 10 reported that police had to divert traffic off the eastbound side of I-76 and onto the 28thStreet Exit and it was until around 5:25 p.m. when the highway lanes were reopened.
Philadelphia Man Found Dead at the Wheel of His Vehicle
Just a few days prior to this accident, Philadelphia officials found a man dead at the wheel of an SUV that had hit several parked cars before his vehicle came to a stop. ABC 6 reported that a 60-year-old man was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe when he suffered a medical emergency. Officials arrived at the scene of the accident around 5:00 a.m. at 10thand Christian Streets only to find the man slumped behind the wheel.
When medics arrived, they pronounced the man dead at the scene. He was said to have died from natural causes. The three vehicles he had hit when he experienced the unknown medical emergency sustained minor damage.
What You Need to Know About Driving with a Medical Condition
Although officials did not indicate what condition the 60-year-old suffered from that caused him to crash his vehicle, others who are aware of the medical conditions they suffer from need to be cognizant of a few different things before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
- If your condition causes you to suffer from acute effects such as an epileptic seizure or a hypoglycemic reaction, these are often sporadic and unpredictable. Therefore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests you base your decision on driving around your estimated risk. If you feel you pose a significant threat to yourself or others around you by driving, it is best you rely on an alternate form of transportation to get you where you need to go.
- If your condition causes you to suffer from chronic effects which are more enduring, these are generally more predictable and stable. Therefore, your decisions to continue driving should be based on “measures of individual performance rather than on estimates of risk.”
What medical conditions are known to interfere with a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle?
- Conditions that affect an individual’s vision such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.
- Cardiovascular diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias if associated with cerebral ischemia, artificial cardiac pacemakers or congestive heart failure if associated with cerebral ischemia.
- Cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes or transient ischemic attacks.
- Diseases of the nervous system such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea.
- Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive lung disease or respiratory failure.
It is important that if you suffer from a medical condition that is known to compromise your ability to drive that you choose an alternate form of transportation to get around to help avoid engaging in an accident.
You can visit the NHTSA site to read more about the other conditions that serve as red flags for driving impairment.
The fact is, there are a number of medical conditions that may result in “functional impairments that negatively affect driving performance” which is why you need to be aware of what conditions you suffer from and how they might impact your ability to drive.
And if you were recently involved in a collision in Philadelphia, whether you were at-fault or not, you might want to consider consulting with an accident lawyer in Philadelphia, PA. The reason being is that if you suffered an injury you may be entitled to compensation and if you caused an accident that resulted in severe injuries, you could potentially be sued and will want to retain legal representation.
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