Medications Can Contribute to Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2017

Many over-the-counter and prescription medications have warnings that caution patients against getting behind the wheel after taking them, as certain side effects can make it difficult to drive safely.

However, countless drivers across the country drive while under the influence of powerful medications everyday, putting them, their passengers, and other motorists at risk of being involved in serious accidents.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that many medications can cause potentially dangerous side effects, complications, and injuries. But we also know that they can put patients’ lives at risk when their directions aren’t properly followed.

Many types of medications can cause the following side effects, which can increase the risk of car accidents:

  • Drowsiness – Medications that induce drowsiness can cause drivers to lose focus and concentration on the task at hand. They may even nod off or fall asleep while driving.
  • Dizziness – Some medications cause dizziness, which can impair coordination and motor skills. Drivers who experience this side effect may have difficulty steering their vehicles, causing them to swerve into other lanes or off the road.

Medication-induced car accidents are a growing problem in the U.S., especially due to the large number of drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming powerful over-the-counter and prescription drugs. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, our Dallas car accident lawyers know how to investigate and fight for clients’ rights to compensation. Call today for a free consultation.