Each day thousands of people in our state suffer severe personal injuries. Those injuries are often the result of an accident or medical malpractice. You have a right to recover damages for your past lost wages, future lost wages, past medical bills, future medical bills, property (car) damages, and all related expenses. Additionally, California the law provides that you are entitled to money damages for the pain and suffering you have experienced in the past and will experienced in the future. If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else's negligence, we are ready to help you.

- Attorney Moseley Collins

February 28, 2014

Common Causes of California Big Rig Accidents

Heavy shipping in and out of the bay gives San Francisco some of the heaviest trucking traffic in the state of California. This increased trucking traffic also increases the number of big rig accidents. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are commonplace in high trucking traffic areas like San Francisco. As commonplace as they can be, it’s a whole different story when you’re involved in one yourself.

There are five most common causes of big rig trucking accidents. Tired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, inexperienced drivers and failure to maintain vehicles are some of the most common reasons large trucks wreck.

Truck drivers are notorious for driving long hauls without the proper sleep. Trucking companies often slave drive their workers and demand they make these types of hauls but other drivers just take it upon themselves to employ these unsafe driving tactics. Perhaps they need the money or maybe some type of drug is involved. Whatever the reason, tired truck drivers cause accidents.

Federal trucking regulations are in place to prohibit this type of unsafe driving but it does till happen. The Hours of Service or HOS regulations require drivers to get the required amount of sleep to be safe on a long haul. Drivers may not drive more than 14 hours after a 10 hour break, according to these regulations. A driver also may not drive more than eight hours without taking at least a 30 minute break.

Aggressive truck drivers are a danger to everyone. These huge behemoths of the road can weigh over 80,000 pounds. Drivers of these mammoth vehicles are charged with their safety and the safety of those on the road alongside of them. So often drivers of these trucks forget their own power and drive too close to other cars, cut off traffic and speed, causing accidents with injury and even death.

Talking on the phone, testing, adjusting the radio or eating are all especially dangerous while driving a big rig. Large trucks have large blind spots and a distracted driver is more susceptible to fall victim to them. Distracted truck drivers rear end other drivers, run other vehicles off the road and cause detrimental accidents.

Inexperienced drivers are often an amalgam of all types of bad truck drivers. They do not know enough to realize the importance of all safety regulations and may feel its ok to disregard them. Some trucking companies may not provide adequate training to their new drivers before putting them on the road. Trucking companies are responsible for the training of their drivers.

Failure to maintain the vehicles also causes a huge crash ratio. Driving these large trucks with several blind spots is not easy. Keeping them on the road and in good condition is imperative.

January 22, 2014

Dog Bite Incidents At a Low in Sacramento

Dog bites are serious business. Even bites from small dogs can be harmful and even deadly. Besides the obvious damage, dog bites can cause diseases and permanent scarring, disfigurement and lifelong maladies. Seeking the aid of Moseley Collins immediately after a dog bite is imperative.

Dog bite statistics are on the decline in Sacramento and California in general, according to dogbites.org. Only five fatalities from a dog bite were reported in 2012, the latest statistics. Eight were reported in 2011. Two of the five in 2012 were pit bull related. The other three involved a German Shepherd, Rottweiler and a Husky. Four of the attacks involved children.

While dog bites are down, they cannot be totally prevented. There is always a chance a dog will bite. Animals, even fully domesticated, are unpredictable.

Not only are dog bites painful, cause scarring and disfigurement and even death, they can also spread disease. There are some maladies that can be spread through the saliva of a dog. While they are far more harmful to other dogs than humans, they can cause considerable discomfort.

Staph infections can be passed through dog saliva to a person. Once a dog bite breaks the skin, streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria that live normally on the skin and is harmless, can enter the wound and make the host sick.

People with immunity problems can develop Capnocytophaga, lso called septicemia or blood poisoning. People with AIDS, diabetes or arthritis are especially susceptible.

All dogs, even healthy ones, have the bacteria called pasteurella in their saliva. Sometimes these bacteria will cause swelling, pain and inflammation in the bite region.

The most deadly of all diseases from a dog bite is rabies. Rabies is deadly for both the human and the dog. Once a dog is infected with rabies and bites a human, the human is infected. Rabies causes headache and fever in the early stages.

Flu-like symptoms and general weakness are the first signs of rabies which may not display themselves for months after a dog bite. The bite location will feel sore, itchy and prickly.

The progressing disease will cause extreme anxiety, confusion and agitation in the host. Infected persons eventually become hyperactive, foam at the mouth and develop an aversion to water. Hallucinations and insomnia begin to develop as well.

Paralysis and coma are the final stages of rabies in humans. The majority of infected individuals die of heart failure.

Treatment for a dog bite must be sought out immediately. Even a small, innocuous bite has the opportunity to wreak havoc on your body. Once medical treatment is sought for your bite it is important to seek out the help of Moseley Collins.

Mosely Collins is a Christian attorney with deep seated morals and values. His goal is to maintain his client’s legal rights and recover their rightful rewards. Call today for a free consultation. We will hear the details of your circumstances and let you know what we can achieve for you in a dog bite case. We service Sacramento and all surrounding areas of California.

January 15, 2014

CHP Winter Safety Driving Tips

With winter fast approaching there is no better time to take stock of the California Highway Patrols recommended winter driving safety tips. Preparedness is the first step to safety in the winter months when driving is more dangerous. The California Highway Patrol has issued several tips to aid drivers in these months.

When temperatures start to drop, take note of all aspects of your car.

Check the brakes and make sure the pads are in good working order. Check the brake fluid and make sure there is no air in the lines. Inspect the windshield wipers, heater and exhaust to make certain everything is in good working order.

Take precautions against freezing by having adequate amounts of antifreeze in the water. Special solvents can be added to the windshield wiper fluid and water reservoir to prevent icing and freezing.

Tires are important in the winter. The tread should not be worn or shiny and the air pressure should remain at the recommended amount for the vehicle type.

Always carry an emergency bag in the car. It should contain water, chains, de-icer or ice scraper, flashlight, nonperishable food items, warm clothing and blankets. It’s also a good idea to carry extra chain links.

An extra car key hidden on the outside of the car or in a pocket somewhere can be a lifesaver. Many motorists lock themselves out while putting on chains or scraping the windshield.

Be aware of time. Traveling in the mountains of California during the winter months is takes more time than in other months. Allow time for inclement weather and slower traffic.

It is important to keep your gas tank full during winter months. One never knows when an unexpected storm will turn up and keep motorists stranded on the road longer than they anticipated. Exits can be cut off and roads damaged to the point no traffic can go through.

Keep the windows clear. Never is this more important than when conditions outside the window are sketchy. If wind, sand, snow and rain are blowing around, a clean window is a must. Visibility is often an issue in the winter months. Don’t let a dirty windshield add to the problem.

Be ever mindful of your speed. Remember that speeds that are safe on summer roads are necessarily safe on winter’s roads. Ice, rain and snow can make roads unsafe.

Sudden lane changes or changes in direction are not safe in winter temperatures. Icy roads make sudden changes in direction virtually impossible. Skidding off the road becomes a very real possibility.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Road Conditions Hotline is always available for motorists to check the status of road conditions before they head out on the road. 1-800-427-ROAD (1-800-427-7623).

If you or a loved one has been involved in a auto accident in the Sacramento area, call the offices of Moseley Collins today for an honest and knowledgeable assessment of your case.

January 11, 2014

The Basics of a Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents are commonplace. Unfortunately, so are slip and fall injury cases. This is due to the high probability of longtime injury and pain factor involved with these dangerous and common accidents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 17,000 people die because of slips and fall accidents every year. More than one million people suffer injuries from a slip and fall each year, some life-long. Slip and fall injuries can be excruciatingly painful and debilitating.

As the name implies, slip and fall accidents occur when someone trips, slips or falls for any reason. When injuries occur, the victim will often file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages from the injury.

Even the simple act of walking can be dangerous in some environments. A torn piece of carpet, broken step, slippery pavement or crumbling concrete can turn simply walking into slipping and falling. There are several ways a person can obtain a slip and fall injury when just walking along.
When someone experiences a slip and fall because of the environment they are in it is often possible to win remuneration for the injuries in a court of law. If the environment is dangerous it is possible to recover damages for the harm suffered.

To win money to pay for the medical expenses and other damages of an accident, the victim must prove that someone is at fault in the accident. It is important to prove that if not for the negligence of another individual the injury would not have occurred.

It can be difficult to show the proof needed to prove that the environment was too unsafe for human activity. It must also be proven that the injured party could not have and did not anticipate the dangers before entering the property.

If the property owner knows about a defect on the property that could potentially cause harm and does not fix it, they can be found liable in court for a slip and fall on the property. All maintenance must be kept up to date. If a landlord fails to fix something on the property and it causes a tenant to be injured they may be held liable in a personal injury trial. On the rare occasion that someone intentionally causes a slip and fall, they are also held liable for any injury and expenses.

Determining if you’re eligible to recover money for injuries suffered as a result of a slip and fall is never a simple task. Only a good personal injury attorney in your area, such as Moseley Collins, is capable of evaluating your case and telling you what your legal options are.

January 4, 2014

Legal Stages of a Personal Injury Case

How it Begins

Contrary to what the average person assumes, a personal injury case begins the moment someone is injured in an accident. Injury cases may be settled immediately after the accident or could go onto a lengthy personal injury trial. In both instances, witness testimony and all other evidence of the injury is imperative regardless of how the case is settled. Witnesses and evidence should be gathered immediately following the accident to prevent people from forgetting what they saw or evidence being lost.

Consulting a Lawyer

If the personal injury case cannot be settled out of court and must be taken to trial, a lawyer must be consulted. The chances of success in a personal injury case without legal representation are low. An attorney must be chosen carefully.

During the initial consultation with a lawyer, you will explain the details of your case. The lawyer will listen to your case details, ask pertinent information and explain how they can help and your percentages of success. In the legal world this is appointment is called the intake.

During the intake the attorney considers several factors. The time that has passed since the accident took place, medical evidence of the injury, the existence of other evidence, availability of witnesses, and the ability of the negligent person or entity to compensate for the injury claim are all essential information to starting the legal case.

Other important issues to discuss include the costs that the trial may incur. An attorney may also decide to conduct short witness interviews before agreeing to take you on as a client. Whether the case can be resolved in litigation, mediation, arbitration or an alternate method may also be a decision factor.

In most cases, once a lawyer agrees to represent their client a letter of demand is sent to the negligent person or entity responsible for the personal injury. This step may be skipped, however, in lieu of initiating the legal process directly by filing a complaint.

Complaint and Reply

A personal injury lawsuit begins with the complaint which is filed by the injured party or their legal representative in the appropriate court. The injured person is known as the plaintiff. The plaintiff lists all allegations against the responsible party, called the defendant.

After the complaint is filed with the court the defendant is given a copy. The defendant is expected to reply to the complaint by filing what is called an answer. At this point litigation begins. The plaintiff is given a copy of the answer and the discovery process start.

Discovery

During the discovery process of a personal injury trial information is exchanged between the plaintiff and the defendant. This process can last years, months or just days. Depositions are held and evidence and any disputes are revealed to each side of the case. It is at this time each person’s lawyer demands to see evidence, documents, photos, witness reports and anything that will brought as proof they were not responsible.

Trial

During the trial and judge hears the evidence in the case. Once all evidence has been revealed and a decision is made the judge decides how much responsibility to assign the defendant. The defendant may be responsible for 100% of the accident, or some lesser percent. The judge also decides how much compensation to assign the plaintiff.

December 30, 2013

Will Sacramento See the Autonomous Automobile?

Every so often a new discovery is made that changes the face of humanity. Be it an idea, invention or theory; some things, once they exist, change everything. The atomic bomb, penicillin, the internet and automobiles are among those things that changed reality with both good and bad elements.

Technology advances each year and along with it, inventions advance as well. Everyone wants the safest product possible, especially when it comes to big things like cars. Safety advances in the auto industry are never-ending but what if there was a way to ensure there would never be another car accident? Some people say self-driving cars can do that.

Google and other major corporations have put major bucks into research of driverless cars for commercial use. The possibilities for this type of car run the spectrum from convenient and useful to frivolous and fun. We can pick up Aunt Sally from the airport without leaving the house, blind people can run errands, pick up and drop offs at school and getting those extra few minutes of sleep before and after work. Of all the perceived advantages of a self-driving car, the biggest of all may be the drastic decline in fatal car accidents.

Research has showed us that 90% of fatal accidents are attributed to human err. If autonomous cars were the majority of vehicles on the road the amount of lives lost each year to auto accidents would decline dramatically.

 Google gives the following claims for the car, as described by Sebastian Thrun, lead developer,:

We can reduce traffic accidents by 90%.
We can reduce wasted commute time and energy by 90%.
We can reduce the number of cars by 90%.

Throughout the years of research most experts have agreed that the potential problems and disruptions of autonomous cars were too much. That has changed with Google’s new claims. All signs point to these types of cars coming into commercial use in the near future.

There are still bugs to work out. As it stands, automatic cars cannot obey traffic lights, distinguish pedestrians, or negotiate adverse weather conditions. There are still years ahead of mass use in this country but it’s headed this way. Not only can autonomous cars stop fatalities but will also aid in other problems like:

Speeding
Poor reaction time
Overcompensating for errors
Road rage
Aggressive driving
Lack of driving experience

Google says the cars will be available by 2018 and it has been predicted that by the year 2040 driver’s licenses will be obsolete.

December 24, 2013

Seatbelt Laws Attributed to Lower Auto Accident Fatalities Nationwide

California, along with the rest of the nation, has a mandatory seat belt law. Everyone in the car over the age of 16 is susceptible to the law. Infants and small children must be in a car seat. Despite this nationwide law, California sees repeated auto fatalities each year, Sacramento included.
Moseley Collins, an experienced Sacramento attorney, is a proponent of the seat belt law for many reasons, mostly because of the many instances of avoidable horror that he has witnessed when riders do not use a seat belt. There are many political views involved in the merits of legislation that involves forcing someone to do something for their own safety. This particular topic, however, should never be considered without also considering the actual percentage of people that they influence to buckle up and prevent accidents.

According to a report by the prestigious Harvard University, increased use of seat belts resulted in a decrease of auto accident fatalities. An interesting note in the study is the introduction of the “compensating behavior theory” or the “Peltzman Effect”. This theory says that people who drive with seat belts drive less carefully because they feel safer. They are more careless and less attentive. This theory stated that the decline in fatalities among riders is accurate but a fatality for others is higher.

There is no evidence to support the Peltzman Effect. The study did, however, show that 10% increases in seatbelt usage rate resulted in a 1.35% declines in car accident-related fatalities. The study also addressed whether or not these laws impact the use of seat belts for all vehicle occupants. The deciding factor came down to primary and secondary seat belt laws. The states with primary seat belt laws, or those where a policeman can make a stop solely because the driver is not wearing a seatbelt, saw a high usage of seatbelt. States that have secondary seatbelt laws, or those where the policeman must have an additional reason to pull over the driver, showed a slightly lowered usage.

These findings prove to federal traffic safety experts mandatory seatbelt laws save lives.
No matter where one stands on the issue of mandatory safety laws, we must all agree that saving lives is a good thing. Seatbelt laws can often come into play when an auto accident occurs. Moseley Collins has the experience and knowledge it takes to tackle these types of cases.
Call the office for an honest consultation about your case.


December 17, 2013

What You Should Know About Insurance Companies

Insurance companies have become contenders in a fight for the most customer-related television commercial lately. From quirky, sassy, truck stop waitress type salesgirls, to tiny, charming and charismatic if a bit sarcastic reptiles, these companies are battling it out to get your attention.
The catchy jingle from Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide is one your side, gets stuck in everyone’s head at least once a year. These companies try hard to get in your head and stay there. It isn't just to offer you the best deal possible. They have motivations of their own.

Insurance companies are not founded by people with a deep seated need to give people gigantic amounts of money. These types of companies are founded by people that believe shareholders will invest and they will make a profit from those investments.

All the attention getting commercials that make us laugh or evoke compassion or tug at our heartstrings or make us sing their name over and over are simply there to influence our choice in who we will invest our insurance dollars with. It is a business. They want our money. It’s that simple.

Once you get past those sappy commercials and quit giggling long enough to realize that insurance companies are a business it becomes easier to understand how they work. To continue to make money for their investors, they must pay as little as possible on each claim. Their main purpose is to make money, right? So it makes perfect sense that they would employ adjusters to find any and every way possible to avoid paying the full value of a claim in order to make more money.

One of the many tactics insurance adjusters will use is to pressure the victim into taking a smaller amount. They are expert people readers and can often pick out the exact right things to say to make a person feel guilt or shame or other pressure to take a lower amount.

This is where a personal injury attorney comes into play. Attorneys in this arena of the law are used to the tricks and wordplay these insurance adjusters use. They purport a powerful leverage against an insurance company when it comes time to pay the claim. It is much harder to trick and confuse a personal injury legal expert than a victim of a complaint.

Moseley Collins has extensive experience in this type of case. He cannot be swayed by strategic tactics or pressured to accept an insufficient amount. He is honest with every client and provides knowledgeable insight as to the likelihood of winning a settlement and the amount that can be expected.

There are no surprises when you hire a personal injury attorney. They know how to deal with the insurance companies and are able to make sure you do not receive further injury. Everyone deserves to be compensated for injury in an accident. Do not settle for less.
Moseley Collins is available for consultation. Call our offices today.

December 10, 2013

Sacramento Cyclist Dies

A cyclist, Mr. James Glendon Combis, 59-years-old, died in a crash with an automobile in Sacramento in October. Mr. Combis was riding along Stockton Blvd near Quinta Court approximately 6:30 a.m.. For reasons unknown, he veered suddenly into traffic and was struck by a SUV.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe attempted to stop and avoid hitting Combis but was unable to. Mr. Combis was jetted into traffic and received major, life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Mr. Combis was not wearing a helmet. The bicycle had no rear light and it is not known if it had a front light. Details like these seem unimportant in the face of such a tragedy but, in fact, may have saved his life.

It isn’t illegal to ride a bike without lights but facts prove lights and reflectors help drivers to see and be more aware of the cyclists around them. Most experts recommend cyclists automatically assume drivers cannot see them and should always take extra precautions.

Drivers approaching an intersection or those traveling in the same direction as a biker do have trouble seeing them. Bicyclists should take care crossing in front of autos and be hyper-attentive to all traffic around them during their ride. Bikers should always make sure they are plainly visible with lights, and reflectors. It is also highly recommended to wear reflective clothing, a helmet and knee pads when riding for further protection.

The driver of the SUV that struck and killed Mr. Combis, Ma Lendy Ortiguesa, is not facing any criminal charges. California Highway Patrol reported he turned directly into the line of traffic. This isn’t always the case, however. This is where it can get tricky. Just because criminal charges do not apply does not mean a civil case is not present. Liability can often lie with the driver of the automobile.

Civil suits address different issues than criminal cases and liability in a civil case depends on different standards. In a case like that of Mr. Combis, civil liability may come into play. For instance, a driver can be going the speed limit in a posted area but if it is raining or some other drastic weather situation occurs the speed should have been lowered.

In a situation like the above, there may be some civil liability. However, no laws were broken and so no criminal charges apply. All too often, car drivers who hit a bicyclist can be held liable in civil court for damages.

If found liable drivers can be forced to pay medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering for the bike rider. Should the cyclists die the surviving family members may be entitled to payments as well. Moseley Collins has a wealth of experience and legal knowledge in the field of personal injury law. Let him out his education, experience and know-how to work for you.

November 14, 2013

Can you be Charged for Distracted Driving at Home?

Distracted driving has been a problem since the advent of automobiles. Distracted driving is when the driver takes his or hers eyes from the road to focus on something else. Throughout the years, the reasons for those distractions have changed with the times from, fussing with children and radios to swatting insects, eating and most recently texts and GPS devices.

The use of cell phones and texting while driving has led to many deaths and is considered the leader in distracted driving issues today. Texting and cell phone use takes a lot of brain power. It takes more than a few seconds to type out or even speak a message to someone else. It is a big distraction, especially while traveling at 45 + miles per hour.

Laws across the country have been developed to severely limit or even ban texting and driving. The effectiveness of these laws is addressed daily across the country wherever they are in place. In jurisdictions without these laws, the issues are building and pressure is high to take measures.
New Jersey is ahead of the game. They have recently enacted policies that have the potential to greatly widen the number of possible liable parties in a distracted driving incident. These new mandates can stretch liability all the way to someone who isn’t even in the car at the time of the accident, someone who may even be at home on their own couch.

A New Jersey appeals court upheld the liability of a person who knowingly sends text messages to a person they know is driving and that person is involved in an accident while texting them. Upholding those ideals can open the door for further cases involving people not in the car.

In this particular instance, the texter was not held liable because she sent group messages to up to 100 people per day and could not know when a message recipient was driving. The court made clear, however, that in future cases the texter could be held responsible and they planned to go that extra step and begin holding others responsible for damages in distracted driving accidents.

There are two sides to this fence. On one side it is beneficial to be able to hold passengers and others who are clearly responsible for distracting a driver to an accident. The other side is that courts and lawyers are simply looking for more people to draw money from.

While every feels distracted drivers should be held accountable for their actions, some feel there are more than one responsible party at times. The future is still uncertain in this legislation. There is much yet to come as this issue changes with the times.

Mosely Collins is a knowledgeable attorney with experience in distracted driving cases. Call today for a free consultation and allow Mr. Collins to use his experience and expertise in this ever-changing area of law to ensure you reciece full compensation for a car accident involving a distracted driver.

November 7, 2013

Sacramento Cyclist Dies

A cyclist, Mr. James Glendon Combis, 59-years-old, died in a crash with an automobile in Sacramento in October. Mr. Combis was riding along Stockton Blvd near Quinta Court approximately 6:30 a.m.. For reasons unknown, he veered suddenly into traffic and was struck by a SUV.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe attempted to stop and avoid hitting Combis but was unable to. Mr. Combis was jetted into traffic and received major, life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Mr. Combis was not wearing a helmet. The bicycle had no rear light and it is not known if it had a front light. Details like these seem unimportant in the face of such a tragedy but, in fact, may have saved his life.

It isn’t illegal to ride a bike without lights but facts prove lights and reflectors help drivers to see and be more aware of the cyclists around them. Most experts recommend cyclists automatically assume drivers cannot see them and should always take extra precautions.

Drivers approaching an intersection or those traveling in the same direction as a biker do have trouble seeing them. Bicyclists should take care crossing in front of autos and be hyper-attentive to all traffic around them during their ride. Bikers should always make sure they are plainly visible with lights, and reflectors. It is also highly recommended to wear reflective clothing, a helmet and knee pads when riding for further protection.

The driver of the SUV that struck and killed Mr. Combis, Ma Lendy Ortiguesa, is not facing any criminal charges. California Highway Patrol reported he turned directly into the line of traffic. This isn’t always the case, however. This is where it can get tricky. Just because criminal charges do not apply does not mean a civil case is not present. Liability can often lie with the driver of the automobile.

Civil suits address different issues than criminal cases and liability in a civil case depends on different standards. In a case like that of Mr. Combis, civil liability may come into play. For instance, a driver can be going the speed limit in a posted area but if it is raining or some other drastic weather situation occurs the speed should have been lowered.

In a situation like the above, there may be some civil liability. However, no laws were broken and so no criminal charges apply. All too often, car drivers who hit a bicyclist can be held liable in civil court for damages.

If found liable drivers can be forced to pay medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering for the bike rider. Should the cyclists die the surviving family members may be entitled to payments as well. Moseley Collins has a wealth of experience and legal knowledge in the field of personal injury law. Let his education, experience and know-how work for you.

September 25, 2013

Can Your Medical Condition Cause a Bad Accident?

In some states, such as Massachusetts and New Jersey, licensed drivers are required by law to report any medical conditions or diseases that could possibly interfere with basic driving skills to the Registry of Motor Vehicle. All of the guidelines and regulations for the minimum physical requirements set by Motor Vehicle were formed with the help of medical experts. There are stricter guidelines for commercial drivers.

Some common medical conditions that can impair your driving skills are impaired vision, seizures, sleeping disorders, dementia and a host of other illnesses. Not all medical limitations have been acknowledged by Motor Vehicle so sometimes a licensed driver will have to make a conscious decision on whether or not they can safely operate a vehicle.

Here are some medical conditions that can affect your driving.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss doesn’t automatically disqualify from being able to drive. Some research suggests that totally deaf drivers have an increased risk of having an accident. Drivers who have been experiencing hearing loss and have not sought out the help of a medical professional are more hazardous because they are unlikely to rely heavily on other sensory to concentrate on the task of driving as would someone who is totally deaf. So even if you have been experiencing just minor hearing loss it’s important to see a physician as soon as possible so you can be safe behind the wheel.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common ailment that depending upon the severity could be preventing you from driving safely. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints which affects movement. Everyone who drives know that as a driver you will have to be able to react quickly. Bad arthritis can prevent you from being able to move your feet quickly to step down on the brakes, turning your neck to check for oncoming traffic or even something as simple as adjusting your mirror. Yes, arthritis limits your physical movement, so you may want to consider having a driving evaluation conducted.

Vision

Of course you’ll need adequate vision in order to safely drive a vehicle. In order to become a licensed driver Motor Vehicle requires that a person has at least 20/40 vision in just one eye, even with glasses. Certain peripheral visions may limit your driving ability to only the daytime.

Alertness/Consciousness

Both mental and medical conditions can affect a person’s alertness and consciousness. Diseases like diabetes, epilepsy and sleep disorders can cause a person to lose consciousness while behind the wheel. For instance, a diabetic can lose consciousness is there blood sugar levels drop low. Also mental disabilities such as dementia, anxiety and even depression can prohibit a person from thinking clearing. Mental conditions that cause confusion, stress and trouble remembering can affect your driving ability even if these symptoms are temporary they can still be hazardous.

Medications

A lot of the prescription medication available today have side effects that include, drowsiness and sleepiness when impairs a driver. Check with your doctor too see if driving after taking a specific medication is safe.