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Medication and traffic accidents

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Firm News

Medications play an important role in treating various health conditions and improving quality of life. However, it is important to be aware of the potential effects of medications.

People should understand that certain medications can affect one’s driving skills. Sadly, medications cause many accidents that leave people hurt and killed.

The impact of certain drugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over-the-counter and prescription drugs can increase the chances of a drowsy driving accident. On top of drowsiness, some medications can cause dizziness, blurred vision and impaired coordination. This can significantly impact a person’s ability to drive safely. For example, sedatives, antidepressants, antihistamines and some pain medications can all have side effects that may interfere with a person’s concentration, reaction time and decision-making while behind the wheel.

It is important for those who take these medications to be aware of how they may affect their driving and take precautions to minimize the risk of accidents. In addition to the direct effects on driving skills, some medications can also interact with alcohol or other drugs, further impairing a person’s ability to drive safely. Mixing medications with alcohol or other substances can increase drowsiness, confusion, and the risk of accidents.

Preventing accidents

It is important for individuals to read the labels on their medications carefully and follow the instructions provided by their healthcare provider. Drivers should also talk to their healthcare provider or pharmacist about the potential impact of medications on driving skills. People should avoid driving if they are feeling drowsy, dizzy or otherwise impaired by medications.

By being informed about the potential effects of medications on driving ability and taking proactive steps to stay safe on the road, drivers can reduce the risk of car accidents and protect themselves and others while behind the wheel.