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Use of Prescription Medication & Car Accidents

Car accidents can be caused for a variety of reasons – one of the most common being driving under the influence. When we hear that a person was driving under the influence of drugs, we often assume that it was an illegal drug. However, prescription drugs can also cause car accidents.

How Can Prescription Drugs Cause Car Accidents?

Many prescription drugs have major side effects that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely and can increase the risk of being involved in an accident. Common side effects of prescribed medication include drowsiness, blurred vision, impaired judgment, slower perception, and reaction times. Any of these side effects can cause a driver to be considered “under the influence” and unsafe behind the wheel. In many ways, prescribed medications can impair a driver’s judgment just as alcohol or illegal drugs would.

How Many Accidents Are Caused By Prescribed Drugs?

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 10.7 percent of all fatally injured drivers were known to have been opioid-positive in 2016. The most frequent opioids found in drivers were Oxycodone,  Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, and Methadone. 

Other prescribed medications that can cause serious car accidents include the following:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiety medications
  • Diet pills
  • Cold and allergy medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Sleep aids
  • Hydrocodone
  • And more

Injured in a Car Accident? Call Us Today!

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence, you may have a personal injury case. Our team at Scarlett Law Group understands that time after a car accident can be challenging, especially if you are dealing with extensive medical bills, lost wages, and immense physical pain. We can analyze your case and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our San Francisco car accident attorneys have secured billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Let us help you secure your future today!

Contact us today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!

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