People who are affected by certain diseases of the brain sometimes are perceived as drunk or on drugs. While this is a big enough problem when you are a pedestrian, it is much more dangerous when you are a driver in a car accident. If you have one of these diseases or disorders and you have been charged with driving under the influence while involved in a car accident, then you will need a car accident lawyer. He or she can help you in the following ways.
Parkinson's, Huntington's and Pick's
These three brain diseases have been connected to assumed DUI accidents.
- Parkinson's caused uncontrollable movement of the arms, hands, legs and feet, as well as slurred or confusing speech.
- Huntington's disease causes disconnection from reality and a lack of judgement.
- Pick's disease includes symptoms of anxiety, speech problems and lack of inhibition.
It is easy to see why a police officer on the scene of an accident might think that a person with any of these diseases is actually a DUI case. Even if you were to produce a medical bracelet stating what your medical condition is, you may not be believed because so many people fake these symptoms to get out of a ticket.
How Your Lawyer Can Straighten Out Your Case
If you currently are not on any medications which might affect driving or operating heavy machinery, your lawyer can negate the DUI charges by filing a false arrest report. The report itself states that you have a medical condition of the brain which can and does resemble intoxication, but you were not intoxicated at the time of the accident. If you do take medications that advise against driving or operating heavy machinery, the DUI may stick because the prosecution will argue that your meds were responsible for the accident. It is a trickier legal situation to get you out of, but your lawyer can argue that you did not cause the accident, nor did your medication.
Extricating You from Lawsuits
It stands to reason that other drivers involved in the accident might want to sue. If you are accused of vehicular manslaughter, then the surviving family members may sue instead. Since you have a brain disease or disorder which ultimately results in death, your lawyer can argue for leniency so you do not spend the remaining time you have left in jail. Once the other parties in your lawsuits understand your medical condition and situation, you may be on the receiving end of mercy from them. It does not always work out that way, but if you are genuinely remorseful and have not had a long string of DUI's to begin with, there is a chance that your lawsuits could be excused.
For more information, contact an experienced lawyer from a firm like Klafter & Mason LLC.