WSB TV reports on an accident caused by a medical condition that injured a sheriff’s K-9 unit.
On the morning of Friday, January 4th, a driver suffering from a medical condition was involved in a serious accident. The incident occurred on Covington Highway when the driver of an SUV crossed the center line and slammed into an SUV K-9 unit from Dekalb County being driven by Deputy Philip Snow.
The collision crushed the front of the SUV. The driver of one of the SUVs died at the scene.
The deputy, who had to be extracted by firefighters, was sent to Grady Hospital with a leg injury. The deputy’s K-9 partner, Tomi, escaped the crash with only minor injuries. There were three other cars involved in the accident, no one in those vehicles were seriously hurt.
Georgia, like many states, has regulations that can affect the ability to hold a driver’s license for people with certain medical conditions. However, one medical condition that can impact a person’s ability to hold a license is any condition which may result in seizures, which is enforced nearly worldwide. In Georgia, it depends on the condition – if a person has primarily nocturnal seizures, they may have a license that restricts them from driving at night. A doctor is under no obligation to report a condition that causes seizures to the DMV, but if you are involved in an accident because of a seizure, you may have to prove that you’ve been seizure-free for a length of time before being able to get your full license privileges back.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, call John Foy & Associates.