US Postal Worker Injured In National City Car Accident With Parked Mail Truck On Highland Avenue
NATIONAL CITY, CALIFORNIA (September 14, 2019) – A postal worker was seriously injured after he was pinned to his mail truck by an elderly driver undergoing a medical emergency on Highland Avenue.
National City police are saying that the accident took place around 1:00 p.m. The driver may have possibly suffered a stroke when he lost control of his vehicle.
That driver struck a postman standing behind his mail truck. The force of the impact pinned the man’s legs against the truck.
Police were able to apply a tourniquet to one of the victim’s legs which helped stop the bleeding and save his life. Paramedics transported him to the UCSD Medical Center.
An investigation into the car accident remains ongoing.
Liability In Car Accidents Involving Medical Emergencies
A serious medical emergency like a stroke can dramatically increase the likelihood of a car accident. According to the NCBI, “The ratio of driving to performing other activities was significantly higher in ischemic stroke (4.8%) than in intracerebral hemorrhage (3.4%) or subarachnoid hemorrhage (0.8%). A majority of drivers either continued driving or pulled over to the roadside after suffering a stroke. However, 14 (16%) patients were involved in automobile accidents. In most patients, an altered mental status due to severe stroke was the presumed cause of the accident.”
Generally speaking, drivers won’t be liable for an accident if it was caused by a sudden and unforeseeable medical emergency. Under California’s “imminent peril doctrine” a defendant must prove that:
- There was a medical emergency in which someone was in actual or apparent danger
- The defendant did not cause the emergency
- The defendant acted in the way a reasonably careful person would have acted
However, if the victim of a car accident was working at the time of their injury they may have legal recourse through the worker’s compensation system. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Benefits can help cover:
- Medical Care: Worker’s are entitled to receive medical care including costs for treatment services, tests, medicine, equipment and travel costs to treat the injury.
- Temporary Disability Benefits: This can include payments for missed work as a result of a work injury.
- Permanent Disability Benefits: Some workers are so seriously injured that they cannot return to work.
A personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the postman who as injured in this car accident. Thank goodness police were able to stabilize the victim before he was taken to the hospital. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the National City Police Department as they continue their investigation.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.