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Driving and Prescription or Over-the-Counter Drugs

There is nothing illegal about taking a particular medication if it has been prescribed by a licensed physician for a diagnosed illness. Additionally, over-the-counter medications are not inherently illegal, as they have been approved for less restrictive sale. However, individuals using these pharmaceuticals should pay special attention to how any side effects might affect their driving ability. Although not all drugs impair driving, many can create an unnecessary hazard on the roadway.

The law provides a means for those injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness to seek financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.

The Effects of Legal Drugs

Medical practices around the country have increasingly relied on pharmaceutical treatments, ranging from conservative pain management drugs to cutting-edge, highly targeted medications. As many Americans take some sort of medication on a daily basis, remaining alert for side effects is the responsibility of any patient or consumer. Some of the following effects may occur due to prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceutical use:

  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of focus or attention
  • Heart attack or pain
  • Stroke or migraine

Although these drugs may be legally used, they are not necessarily safe for use when a person is going to be operating a motor vehicle. Drivers must recognize the risks of using medication before they get behind the wheel.

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If you have been injured by someone’s thoughtless driving behaviors, there may be legal action available to you. For a free consultation regarding your injury claim, contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.

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