Over-The-Counter Medications and Driving
When they are ill, many individuals choose to use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in order to eliminate their symptoms or cure their ailments altogether. Though many of these drugs are safe to use in conjunction with operating a motor vehicle, others may be dangerous if they cause drowsiness or impaired motor skills.
All legitimate OTC medicines have a warning label with specific instructions on proper usage of the product. This includes warnings related to safety issues associated with the medicine (such as drowsiness, fatigue, etc). If a driver uses these medications without regard to these warnings, he or she may be considered negligent if a car accident results from that usage.
If you have been involved in a wreck with a driver who was abusing or misusing OTC drugs, call the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today.
Drugs that May Interfere with Driving
The following medications may not be safe to use while operating a motor vehicle:
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Ulcer medications
- Allergy medications
- Narcotic pain medications
- Cough syrups
- Medicines that contain alcohol or caffeine
In addition to causing you to feel sleepy or uncoordinated, other medications can make you feel overly confident or alert. These drugs can lead you to believe that you are capable of driving safely when, in fact, you are not.
If you have been involved in a car accident with a driver who is under the influence of OTC medication, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the law. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Lake Geneva reckless driving accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.