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The Dangers Of Driving Against Medical Advice

It is unfortunately common to hear news stories of individuals driving inattentively or recklessly, or driving despite knowing that they are impaired by drugs/alcohol. There is another driving hazard that is less commonly discussed but no less dangerous: driving with a debilitating medical condition.

Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as seizures, are almost always prohibited from obtaining a driver's license. In some cases, these drivers can obtain a license if their symptoms are well controlled and they provide clearance from their doctors. Sadly, some drivers ignore the laws and disregard the safety of others in their pursuit of a license, often with fatal results.

In the summer of 2016, a 24-year-old old man in Alaska got behind the wheel of his employer's van with three co-workers. All were employees of a local parks and recreation department. The driver suffered a massive seizure, causing a crash that left two passengers dead and a third seriously injured.

According to all known evidence, there is no legitimate reason why this young man should have been behind the wheel. He had a history of major seizures dating back about five years. He had been warned by doctors more than once that he should not be driving. Records show that he lied about his seizure disorder when applying for a driver's license.

Cases like this often result in civil lawsuits, including allegations of personal injury and wrongful death. But the young man's conduct was so egregious that he is also facing criminal charges. Earlier this summer, the driver was indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault charges.

No one should be faulted for suffering from a serious medical condition. But he should be faulted for ignoring medical advice and engaging in behavior that endangers others in selfish pursuit of his own convenience. There is simply no excuse for this kind of recklessness. And in cases like this, it is appropriate to pursue all civil and criminal remedies available.

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