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Car Accidents Caused By Prescription Drugs

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Auto accidents can happen due to many reasons, and one of the lesser known reasons for the accident is impairment due to prescription drug usage. Car accidents caused by prescription drugs involve altering the thinking skills and reaction time of a driver who can become impaired by the side-effects of prescription medications.

The risk of auto accidents is mainly dependent on the age of the driver and prescription/other drugs usage. According to a study sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), drivers aged 45 or more who use prescription drugs are more likely to cause an accident than those who don’t.

Dangers of Prescription Medications Usage When Driving

A lot of people are oblivious to the dangers of prescription drugs. This is generally due to the assumption that they are safe since experienced physicians have prescribed the drugs.

The reality is that many prescription medications have side effects that impair cognitive and eye-hand coordination when driving. The drugs negatively affect the abilities of a driver that result in unsafe driving behavior. The side effects of the prescription drugs result in impairment of the following skills required for safe driving.

Car accidents caused by prescription drugs are more common than you may think.
  • Coordination
  • Motor skills
  • Reaction time
  • Spatial orientation
  • Blurred vision

The drugs cause drowsiness and nausea resulting in reduced reaction times and reckless driving behavior.

Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), no tests have been developed that can accurately gauge the presence of drugs inside the system. That’s why proving guilt in an auto accident case involving impairment due to prescription drug usage is difficult.

Statistics Regarding Prescription Drug Usage and Auto Accidents

Most of the accidents involving prescription drug usage are caused by older people. According to California car accident statistics by the National Institute of Drug abuse, around 25% of drugged drivers in fatal accidents were elderly individuals over the age of 50.

Drugs don’t easily break down in elderly individuals similar to younger teens. Moreover, older people are more likely to take prescription drugs at the wrong times or the wrong amount. These factors increase the likelihood of an accident.

Common Types of Prescription Drugs that Impair Drivers

Not all medications impair the judgment of drivers. Common drugs that can impair a driver’s ability to drive safely include the following.

  • Cold medications
  • Anti-depressants such as Prozac
  • Sleep medications particularly benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall

The above medications cause severe drowsiness and are not recommended to be taken before driving. A driver who takes any of these drugs before driving will be liable for an auto accident causing severe injuries. You can sue the guilty driver in the court to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Drugged Driving and Auto Accidents

Car accidents caused by prescription drugs can cause serious damage, and drugged drivers can face criminal sanctions for driving under the influence. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by a drugged driver, need to know about ADHD and car accidents or compensation for being hit by a drunk driver, you should contact our professional auto accident lawyer. Our experienced lawyers will collect all the evidence and present the case in court to prove the guilt of the driver without any reasonable doubt. hiring an attorney after a car accident is your best next step so that you can receive compensation for your injuries and damages.

With more than 50 years of combined experience resolving cases in favor of clients who were wrongfully injured, Avrek Law has recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for injury victims in more than 25,000 cases. Contact us today for your free consultation!

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