When a law enforcement official notices that a driver is unable to stay in their lane or behaving erratically in some other manner, they likely assume that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In many instances, drivers are intoxicated. However, this is not always the case, and it is very difficult for those behaving erratically behind the wheel to defend themselves when they are stopped. Some do not even know why they are unable to drive safely or what is going on. In these instances, a medical emergency is a very real possibility, and many people are falsely accused of DWI due to these problems.
There are many different types of medical emergencies that affect some drivers and prevent them from driving safely. For example, someone who has a seizure while behind the wheel, a stroke or even dangerously low blood sugar levels will probably not have the ability to drive to the best of their ability. In some instances, these emergencies cause drivers to cross over the centerline, veer off of the road, drive too fast or too slow, ignore traffic signs and exhibit other signs of intoxicated driving even though they are sober.
Those struggling with a medical emergency are not always able to pass field sobriety tests and they often do not know what is going on. Without a solid defense, these charges could haunt them for the rest of their lives even though they were innocent. This is why it is so important for drivers to get off the road if they experience any symptoms that interfere with their ability to drive and to address DWI charges properly when they arise. We cover other topics related to driving while intoxicated on our blog.