Article published by : Max Health on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Category : Pharmaceuticals

Prescription Medications Can Increase Car Accident Risk

It is no secret that a person who has consumed alcohol poses a danger on the road and should not be driving. And while most people would not consider getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks, many do not hesitate to drive after taking prescription medications. Unfortunately, drugged driving can have the same devastating results as drunk driving.

Connection Between Prescription Medications and Car Accidents

According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, people who take prescription medications for insomnia, anxiety and depression may be at greater risk of causing a car accident than those not taking psychotropic drugs. Researchers found that psychotropic drugs alter brain functioning and could impair a person's ability to drive.

As part of the study, researchers in Taiwan compared the incidence of drug use among 5,200 people involved in major car accidents and compared that data with drug use numbers among 31,000 people with no history of serious accidents. They discovered that the people involved in car accidents were more likely to have taken psychotropic drugs for any length of time.

Researchers were specifically examining the effects of benzodiazepines - a class of drug used to treat anxiety and depression - as well as antidepressants, antipsychotics and Z-drugs, which are used to treat insomnia. While there was a clear link between benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and Z-drugs and car crashes, there was no evidence linking antipsychotic drugs to a higher rate of accidents. They have encouraged physicians to advise their patients to be extra careful when driving if they are taking these medications.

Drugged Driving Is Dangerous

Although further research is necessary to explore the connection between psychotropic drugs and car accidents, it is clear that getting behind the wheel after taking medication can be dangerous. Furthermore, when a driver on prescription medication causes a car accident, his behavior may constitute negligence and he may be liable for the injuries and property damage he caused.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, contact an attorney today.

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