On today's early-morning edition of “America Now” starring Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, this informative news show digs deep into what is important to their viewers. They truly live by their motto; “News You Can Use.”
This episode featured several useful tidbits of information that consumers should be aware of, but one was a complete eye-opener and could cost people their lives.
Leeza told about a national study as to why accidents are happening on highways, and a growing concern are caused by medical conditions. “America Now” wants everyone to know how to stay safe on the road. Reporter Valorie Lawson showed a video of an SUV driving erratically on a highway. The erratic driving continued for about twenty minutes until it crossed the median and ran head-on into a large truck going in the opposite direction. The driver of the SUV was killed, as the entire front of it was mangled beyond recognition. According to the police report, the driver suffered a medical condition while driving.
She stated that accidents involving medical emergencies are rare, but are becoming a growing concern. According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, that investigated crashes nationwide, that happened between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Having a seizure can cause you to pass out suddenly. A woman named Daniele Spear recalled an experience she had while driving home after having dinner with friends. She suddenly felt disoriented and began to lose control and blacked out. She wound up about a mile away in a parking lot and had no idea how she got there. She had her first seizure at 13, has taken medication ever since, and believed the seizures were under control. Luckily, she lived to tell about it, with just minor injuries.
Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Department of Public Safety stated that people with medical conditions are not only a hazard to themselves, but to every other person on and near the roadway. The most reported medical conditions in crashes are seizures, blackouts, diabetic reactions, heart attacks and strokes.
The survey also states that 85% of people involved in medical related crashes are on some medication for their condition and stated that 60% of the crashes involved a single vehicle. The report also suggests that 74% of the drivers were aware of their medical condition associated with the crash before they got behind the wheel. Laws in all 50 states regulate drivers with active seizures.
Dr. John Moorehouse, emergency medical doctor stated that people tended to be non-compliant and do not follow directions. Daniele hopes to drive again, but that privilege comes with stipulations. Her doctor must sign off on her condition, and the state will then weigh in as to whether her medical condition could put others in danger.
Leeza interjected with the disclaimer if viewers know someone driving despite a compromising medical condition; ask them to stop. You can also report them to you local Driver Safety Office and ask to keep your name confidential.
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