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How Legal Drugs Affect Driving

Many Americans turn to over-the-counter and prescription medications every day. However, these drugs are not always safe to use while driving. Many of these pharmaceutical products help to fight long-term conditions or sources of discomfort, managing headaches, allergies, diseases, and disorders. While on the road, these drugs can significantly modify a person’s ability to keep focused on the road, largely due to distracting or potentially destructive side-effects.

If you have been harmed in an accident that was caused by another individual’s impaired operation of a motor vehicle, you may be able to seek financial compensation. To learn more about the potential benefits of a civil lawsuit, contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.

Driving Impairments Associated with Legal Drug Use

There are no penalties for using these medications as intended, but when they impair an individual’s ability to drive, they may be subject to criminal and civil punishments. When a driver gets behind the wheel after taking a drug, legal or not, they must recognize the potential dangers involved. Ignoring these possible problems can prove extremely dangerous for other motorists. The following are some of the drug side-effects that can affect a driver’s abilities:

  • Loss of focus, attention, or even consciousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stroke

Perhaps the most common side effect for many to suffer from due to everyday over-the-counter drug use is drowsiness, which is commonly reported to affect drivers in ways closely relative to drunk driving.

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If you have been injured due to the actions of an impaired driver, you may be entitled to pursue legal action. Just because a medication is considered legal does not necessarily mean it is safe enough to take while or before driving. Contact the Sheboygan car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today for more information regarding your injury claim.

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