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Driving and Prescription Drugs

Almost everyone knows about the dangers of drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs while operating a motor vehicle, but there is also a serious risk of an accident if you are under the influence of prescription drugs. Many people take prescription drugs to help them get over certain illnesses but ignore the side effect warnings on the label. Many prescriptions cause drowsiness or fatigue and could cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel and get in a potentially fatal car accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident with a driver who was impaired because of prescription drugs, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.

Prescription Drug Facts

Before taking a prescription drug and operating a motor vehicle, you should check the label for side effects and talk with your doctor and pharmacist about possible complications. Taking prescription drugs and driving can have similar results as alcohol, including:

  • Taking antidepressants before driving has the same effects of driving drunk
  • Only 10 mg of Valium can equal driving with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.1
  • Common antihistamines slow reaction times and hinder coordination

Some other prescription drugs that pose a possible threat are painkillers and certain anxiety medications, so people taking these products should exercise extreme caution if they plan on driving.

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Do not suffer any longer from the consequences of a negligent driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs. Contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options with a qualified attorney.

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