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Prescription Drugs That Can Affect Your Ability to Drive

We recently wrote about the death of an 8-month-old infant in a Smyrna drugged driving crash. The driver of the vehicle had crossed to the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into a taxi. Police had stated that they believed the driver may have been under the influence of prescription drugs. According to police departments throughout Georgia and the U.S., accidents involving prescription drugs are increasing.

Prescription Drugs That May Affect Driving

  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Medications containing codeine
  • Cold remedies
  • Allergy medications
  • Sleep aids
  • Narcotic pain relievers
  • Diet pills
  • Medications containing caffeine
  • Medications containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine

Any medicine that causes nausea, vision changes, drowsiness, sleepiness, delayed reactions, loss of concentration, inability to focus, excitability or fainting should not be used while driving.

Unfortunately, many drivers assume that prescription medicines are safe despite warning labels. They get behind the wheel and cause serious accidents. Although the accident is clearly the diver’s fault, legal action is rarely taken against the driver.

We all know that a driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is legally impaired. There is no agreement on what level of drugs in the blood impairs driving. In fact, the effects of a drug may vary significantly from person to person. It can be difficult to prosecute someone who is taking a much needed prescribed medication—especially if traces of the drug can stay in the body for several weeks after it is taken.

Fortunately, Georgia’s drugged driving victims can also get justice through a personal injury claim. If you are injured by a drugged driver, your attorney may seek punitive damages for your injury. These are monetary damages designed to punish the at-fault driver for his reckless behavior.

Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as alcohol. Drivers should know the risks of all medications and refrain from driving while impaired. Each of us is responsible for our own actions. The drug did not get behind the wheel—it was the driver that made that choice. To learn how you can get accountability after a drugged driving crash, please call Kaufman Law today. There is no charge for the consultation.