Typically, when someone mentions a drunk driving accident, the thought of an accident occurring because of alcohol consumption comes to mind. It is true that when someone drinks and drives, serious accidents and injuries can occur. Some of the serious personal injuries include brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and other life-changing injuries. However, a driver can be under the influence of numerous things, not only alcohol.
As Lake Forest personal injury lawyers, we want you to know that there are other substances that can affect your ability to drive properly. Even if you have never driven a vehicle under the influence, many people do not understand the impact that prescription drugs and over the counter drugs have on their driving ability.
Even if we do not read the labels on our medicine, they will all have some kind of side effect. Some medications have more serious side effects than others, and those side effects can seriously impair a driver. If you take painkillers, they can make you feel weak, and the weakness of your body will cause you to respond slower to things that are going on around you. Other medications will also affect your vision, and this can cause serious problems when you are on the road.
If someone drives after taking a prescription drug or an over the counter drug, the consequences can be tragic. If you can not see the road clearly because of the medications you have taken or if you become extremely tired, you may not be able to respond in time to avoid hitting another vehicle or a person.
If anyone has ever been injured in an accident because the other driver was on medication, he or she should schedule a consultation with an attorney. At Silverthorne Attorneys, we can get to work right away in investigating how and why the car accident may have happened.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you or someone you love was injured, or your loved one died because a driver was on medication while driving a vehicle.