Prescription Drugs And Car Crashes
Sometimes drivers follow all of the recommended safety guidelines, from always wearing their seatbelts to obeying speed limits and traffic signals, but they do not realize their prescription drug use can make them a danger on the road. Just because a medication is prescribed by a healthcare professional does not mean it is safe to drive while taking the drug.
If you were involved in a car accident because an impaired individual was operating a motorcycle or driving a car, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney. Compensation for physical injuries, car repairs or vehicle replacement, and emotional distress could be possible.
Many Medications Have Side Effects
Everyone recognizes that driving drunk is hazardous. But people who are taking prescription medications may not understand it is also possible they are driving under the influence. Side effects of popular medications include drowsiness, blurred vision, and an inability to focus.
A few types of medication that could put drivers at risk of an accident:
- Antihistamines and decongestants for allergies. Allergy medications are relied on by many to alleviate seasonal symptoms. But some allergy medications do lead to drowsiness.
- Blood thinners for blood pressure. There is the possibility of blood thinners leading to nausea, dizziness, and fainting.
- Pain medications. Painkillers make life manageable for many with ongoing discomfort and pain. Unfortunately, there is the possibility of a person misusing the medications, particularly opiates. Focus can be hindered.
There are many more examples, from anti-anxiety medications to depression prescriptions. Drug interactions can also be an issue. If a person is taking one drug without any side effects, they may be surprised when another prescription leads to feelings of fatigue or dizziness.
Ask Someone Else to Drive or Delay Your Trip
It is easy to take driving for granted, to forget how dangerous it can be when a driver is unable to focus and cars collide. But the truth is car accidents can lead to severe injuries and destroyed families. Always err on the side of caution when making a decision on if you should get behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you feel you are not yourself or that a new medication is impacting your vision, ask another person to drive. If that is not possible, postpone your trip until you feel better and have had an opportunity to discuss how you are feeling with your doctor or pharmacist.
Accidents can lead to injuries, medical expenses, and property damage. If you need help navigating the personal injury claim process, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney. An insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, you need a lawyer working for you.
Were you hurt because of the actions of a drugged driver? You may have a right to a larger financial amount than an insurance company is offering. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.