Alcohol accounts for around 37% of fatalities on the road. Drugs account for about 43% of fatalities.
Tiger Woods was recently arrested for dangerous driving, allegedly due to an adverse reaction to prescription painkillers he was taking for back pain following surgery. One of the painkillers he was taking was allegedly Vicodin. This is known to cause impairment both physically and mentally and it is advised that you do not drive or operate heavy machinery while on this medication.
But how many people actually read the information that comes with prescription drugs and take notice of it? We all know it is unwise to drive after consuming alcohol, but some may tend to not think about the effects of our prescription drugs on their ability to drive.
According to our St. Louis auto accident attorney, these drugged driving incidents are becoming increasingly common. Many people claim they are not aware of the side effects of these prescription drugs and the impact it can have on their driving. You may see prescription drugs as being ‘safe’ but they are still drugs! They do affect our mind and our bodies and they can have side effects.
Reports say that Tiger Woods fell asleep at the wheel. When arrested he was drowsy, he couldn’t walk straight and his speech was slurred. At first glance you would presume he was drunk, but a breathalyzer test came up negative. This just shows how serious this problem can be.
Let’s put this into perspective…
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, these figures are increasing year on year. It’s a growing problem and awareness must be increased.
You are responsible for ensuring you drive safely
Now here is another word of warning. You are actually legally responsible for ensuring you are safe to drive. Lack of knowledge is no excuse if you are found to have caused an accident because you have suffered from side effects from taking prescription drugs such as painkillers. It is your legal obligation to find out the side effects of your drugs. If they state that you should not drive while taking them, then you should not drive. If you cause a crash, you could find yourself in serious trouble with the law. You could face jail time or you may be sued for damages.
Always read the information that comes with your medication. If in doubt speak to your doctor about possible side effects. Take your medication for a few days before attempting to drive. If you find you have any side effects then either opt to not drive, or ask your doctor if they can suggest an alternative medication. This process must be repeated whenever you take additional medications as they can react with each other and cause side effects that wouldn’t happen if you took each medication on its own.
If you have suffered injuries in a drugged driving crash, discuss your rights with a qualified St. Louis car wreck lawyer. Call (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.