With the arrival of flu season, many different concerns arise, from taking too much time off work because of an illness to health problems related to catching the flu. However, the flu can increase the chances of other serious problems, such as motor vehicle crashes. Not only do people with the flu face the risk of being involved in an accident while they are driving, but pedestrians may be more likely to be struck by a vehicle when they are very sick. Moreover, even those who feel fine may be hit by a driver who is under the weather.
In terms of pedestrian accidents, flu season can be problematic for a number of reasons. Pedestrians who are suffering from flu symptoms may be more likely to find themselves in an accident because they fail to cross the road properly or they have more difficulty looking out for traffic. Moreover, they may be hit by drivers who are very sick. When drivers have the flu, they may be distracted by their symptoms, and they may also be struggling with fatigue or even intoxication as a result of the medication they are taking.
If you were struck by a driver who was suffering from the flu or some other illness while you were walking safely, this is no excuse for their behavior. Whether they fell asleep behind the wheel or failed to pay attention to the road, they should be held accountable for causing an accident. You may have a number of legal options to explore and you should pursue any benefits that could help you piece your life back together, especially if you sustained an injury or are struggling with financial problems because of the accident.