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Driver Suffers Heart Attack and Causes Pedestrian Injuries in West Los Angeles

Four people were injured in a car crash after a driver suffered a heart attack in West L.A. on Sunday Afternoon. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to the scene sometime after 12:35 p.m. on February 19, 2023.

FOX11-TV reported that the crash occurred in the Sawtelle neighborhood along the 2000 Block of Sawtelle Boulevard. LAPD investigators say that a driver who had a heart attack behind the wheel crashed into a parked car and a dumpster. The dumpster was sent into a group of pedestrians.

One of the pedestrians was a 20-year-old woman riding an e-scooter. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Three other victims were taken to the hospital. They included a 74-year-old man said to have moderate injuries. A 24-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man were listed in fair condition.

LAPD officers continue to work to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Medical Condition Accident Dangers in Los Angeles

Accidents involving a medically incapacitated driver can lead to frightening collisions. These crashes are impossible to predict and therefore other motorists and pedestrians will have a difficult time spotting a hazard and avoiding an impact.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) looked at accidents involving a driver having a medical emergency over a two-year period. They found that only about 1.3% of accidents in their study included a driver with a medical issue. They also determined that a few emergency conditions made up the majority of the incidents. 84% of the drivers in crashes suffered from seizures, blackouts, or diabetic complications.

In a car accident caused by a driver suffering a medical emergency, the driver can be held liable for the damages and injuries caused in some cases. It might be shown that a driver knew about the risk of medical problems but didn’t take the proper medication or act to get treatment.

In other cases, those injured by a crash involving a medical emergency can call upon their own car insurance policies to seek help with paying medical bills.

A word for victims and their families after a Sawtelle car accident…

If you or a loved one has been victimized in a collision in Los Angeles, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. Financial support should at least be expected to assist surviving victims with hospital bills and other benefits may be available.

You can read more about earning insurance support on my page about car accident claims in Los Angeles.

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