Can you drive after a stroke in Washington state?

Overview. After a stroke, problems with your vision, speech, or ability to move can change your ability to drive safely. So you’ll need your doctor’s approval to drive again. This may be hard to accept.

How long do you have to be seizure-free to drive in Washington?

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Law Washington
Seizure-Free Period 6 months with exceptions

How long after seizure can you not drive?

In most states, you must be seizure-free for anywhere from 6 months to a year before you’ll be allowed to drive. To reach that milestone, honestly discuss your seizures with your doctor and work with them to find the right treatment.

Can you drive if you have had one seizure?

Abstract. Objectives The risk of recurrence following a first-ever seizure is 40–50%, warranting driving restriction during the early period of highest risk. This restriction must be balanced against the occupational, educational and social limitations that result from patients being ineligible to drive.

Who determines if you can drive after a stroke?

If after one month your doctor confirms you are safe to drive again, your insurance company may ask you to tell the DVLA/DVA about your stroke or TIA. They may also require confirmation that you are safe to drive again.

Should stroke victims drive?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says most stroke survivors can return to independent, safe driving. Drivers don’t automatically lose their license after a stroke.

Can you drive on anti seizure medication?

Seizure medications work in the brain and can cause slowed reactions, unsteadiness, and many other potential side effects. Patients, families, providers, and driving authorities may express concern that the side effects of these seizure medications may affect safe driving.

What happens if you have a seizure while driving?

Understand Your Seizure Risk Having a seizure can make you lose control of your body, change the way you act and perceive things, or cause you to lose consciousness. If you have a seizure while driving, you could lose control and harm yourself and others.

Can you drive after a stroke?

If you have had a stroke or TIA, you can not drive for 1 month. Whether you can return to driving depends on what long-term disabilities you may have and the type of vehicle you drive.

Does having a stroke affect your car insurance?

Can I still get car insurance after a stroke? You should still be able to get car insurance, but having a medical condition could mean your premiums are more expensive. This is because you may be considered a higher risk.

Do I need to tell car insurance about stroke?

All drivers must notify their insurance company about the stroke or TIA. Some insurance companies will ask for a doctor’s report on fitness to drive. If they are still not considered fit to drive by their doctor after one month, they must notify the DVLA and they cannot drive.

Can you drive while on Keppra?

feeling drowsy, sleepy or dizzy – as your body gets used to levetiracetam, these side effects should wear off. Do not drive, ride a bike, or operate machinery until you feel more alert. If they do not wear off within 1 or 2 weeks, your doctor may reduce your dose or increase it more slowly.

Is there a restriction on driving after a stroke?

Is there a restriction on a driver’s license for a period of time after having a stroke? Answer: This is a tricky one. You’ll understand why at the end. I don’t know of any law that specifically prohibits a person who has had a stroke from driving.

How do I get adaptive driving training after a stroke?

Enroll in an adaptive driving course to help you understand any new equipment. These programs are often available for a fee through rehabilitation centers. You can also contact your state’s department of motor vehicles. Ask for the office of driver safety to find out the vehicle or training requirements for people who’ve had a stroke.

Can a driver be liable for a crash caused by stroke?

That might describe someone who has just experienced significant cognitive decline from a stroke, and in a few instances (none that I could find in Washington) courts have determined that drivers who caused a crash after suffering from stroke, complications from diabetes and other medical conditions were negligent.

Is there a law against driving after a medical event?

I looked in the most likely places (for a law, not Bigfoot) in the titles “Motor Vehicles” and “Public Health and Safety.” The closest thing I can find to a prohibition on driving after experiencing a medical event that affects driving would be Negligent Driving – Second Degree.