If an Individual Passes Out While Driving a Vehicle in Tennessee, are they Responsible if they Cause an Accident?
The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently dealt with the question of the responsibility of an individual who becomes unconscious, while driving, causing an automobile accident. The Tennessee Court of Appeals in George Smith v. General Tire and Emily Alexander, No. M2012-01446-COA-R3-CV, 2013 WL 2395047 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013) involved a case where a man was injured in a head-on collision. The unconscious defendant in this case testified she did not remember anything on the day of the accident from the point she came to a red light on Gallatin Road until she woke up in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. She had a long history of diabetes but she had never experienced a loss of consciousness prior to the accident in question. Additionally, she had never been advised by her physician that she should not drive a vehicle. Her treating physician testified her blood sugar level must have dropped too quickly for her to realize before she became unconscious.
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