Over-the-Counter, Prescription Drugs and Driving
In part thanks to law enforcement publicity campaigns, the strictness of DUI enforcement is fairly well-known. However, the state also punishes individuals who are under the influence of drugs while they are driving, regardless of whether those drugs are legal or illegal substances. Although prescription and over-the-counter medications are not illegal if used properly, drivers should recognize the serious dangers involved when they use any medication before getting on the road.
If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of pharmaceutical products, a civil lawsuit may be appropriate. To discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled and experienced attorney, contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C., at 800-242-2874.
Potential Hazards of Pharmaceutical Use
Side effects are a major concern for patients and physicians alike. Although many medications can significantly improve a patient’s chances of beating a particular disorder or disease with minimal discomfort, these drugs can often carry very dangerous side effects. Some of the following problems may arise because of over-the-counter or prescription drug effects:
- Sleepiness or drowsiness
- Compromised ability to pay attention
- Headaches or other bodily pains
- Heart irregularities
According to the law, the cause of intoxication is substantially less important than the effects on that driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely. Legally, exceptions may be made for drivers suffering medical emergencies. However, drivers taking medications should be well-aware of how their treatments could change their ability to safely drive.
If a pharmaceutical treatment impaired another motorist’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle and you were hurt as a consequence, it might be possible to gain financial compensation through a legal action. Contact the car accident attorneys of Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C., by calling 800-242-2874 today.