Prescription Medications and Impaired Driving
Everybody knows that a person’s driving ability is impaired by alcohol and drug use, but too often individuals only consider illegal drugs and do not take prescription medication into account. There are likely individuals who have medication that was prescribed by their healthcare providers but do not even realize the medication can have an impact on their driving skills. Serious accidents can result.
After an accident involving a driver who was under the influence, connect with a Bucks County car accident lawyer. Complex cases are possible when crashes occur because a driver was medicated. A legal professional can walk you through your options if you or someone you love has been injured in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey car wreck.
Effects of Medication on Driving
There are medications that do not interfere with a person’s driving abilities, but some do. It’s important to discuss your medications and their interactions with your doctor. There are studies that have found risks. For example, certain medications designed to reduce depression symptoms can reduce a driver’s reaction time by approximately 40%.
Some medication side effects:
- Pain relievers can result in dizziness and disorientation, particularly if there is codeine or morphine in the medication.
- Lower reaction times from anti-depressant or anti-anxiety prescriptions.
- Blurred vision and feelings of disorientation from drug interactions.
- Antihistamines can cause drowsiness and fatigue.
Combining medications can lead to more issues as well. It is important to be clear with all of your healthcare providers about medications you are taking. This includes prescriptions from another doctor and over the counter medications you may have started ingesting on your own. Having these discussions with doctors and pharmacists can help you protect your health and avoid car accidents that could result in serious injuries.
Protect Yourself and Others
In addition to talking to your doctor and pharmacist about your medications, be sure to take the proper dosage and to avoid combining your medications with alcohol and other substances. If you want to take an over the counter medication, check in with a healthcare professional about that choice.
And, of course, if you are feeling dizzy or tired, postpone your drive. When your reaction time is reduced, accidents can follow. If you find yourself often feeling unable to drive safely, talk to your doctors about your prescription medications. There may be another option available or your dosage amount may be in need of adjustment. In order to drive safely, you need to be alert and coordinated. Do not assume you are able to drive when medicated, check with a doctor first. Healthcare professionals know which medications are concerning and can lead to car collisions.
Were you in a New Jersey or Pennsylvania car accident with a medicated driver? 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.