The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the launching of their new over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (RX) drug-impaired driving prevention initiative. While most people think of drug-impaired driving as being solely associated with illegal and illicit drugs, that’s not the whole story. Many legally obtained medications, like commonly used OTC and RX drugs, can significantly impair a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Some antidepressants, opioids, sleep aids and even cold and allergy medications can be dangerous when mixed with driving.
Dangerous Side Effects Associated With OTC and RX Medications
Many commonly prescribed and over-the-counter meds can have seriously dangerous side effects when combined with driving. Any kind of medication that can cause drowsiness, nausea or blurred vision should never be taken prior to getting behind the wheel. Additionally, medications that can cause irregular heartbeat or shakiness should also not be mixed with driving. Above all, if a medication says it should not be used while operating heavy machinery, you should absolutely not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Driving Drug-Impaired is Like Drunk Driving
Through their new drugged driving prevention initiative, officials with the NHTSA are hoping to finally get the word out that drug-impaired driving is just as dangerous as alcohol-impaired driving. Unfortunately, a lot of people still don’t take the risks of drugged driving seriously, especially when it comes to over-the-counter and legally prescribed medications. When it comes to impaired driving, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been drinking or taking legal medications that cause drowsiness, you can get a DUI either way.
Drug-Impaired Driving Accidents in San Diego
At this time, there is no standardized test to check for drugged driving, like there is for drunk driving, so investigations can be lengthy to determine if somebody was under the influence of drugs at the time of a crash. A Personal Injury lawyer can stay on top of any investigative developments in your case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve after a car accident caused by a drugged driver.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a suspected drugged driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.