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How Can Prescription Drugs Impact Your Driving Abilities?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jan 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida car accident lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, talks about the issues of driving with antidepressants, anti-anxiety and sleeping pills in your system.

I've been driving for over 30 years and during this time; I have had too many near miss accidents.  It's happened.  Somebody pulls out in front of me, or makes a right hand turn from the left lane, or a child on a bicycle shoots into the road from in between parked cars.  I'm sure we have all avoided accidents in our daily driving because we were alert and properly handled the danger.  If we think about it, the key to avoiding these car accidents was a quick reaction to the danger.  If your perception reaction time is delayed because of prescription medications – what will happen the next time you have to quickly react to avoid a Florida car accident?

Prescription Medications Can Impair Driving

A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study compared people who were and weren't involved in crashes.  The first group had about 5,000 people that were involved in car accidents.  The second group had over 30,000 people who were not in car accidents during the years of the study.

After reviewing all the data, the researchers found that people involved in the accidents were more likely under the influence of psychotropic medications, whether they were taking them for a day, week, month or years.  The leader of the study said that “our findings underscore that these people taking psychotropic drugs should pay increased attention to their driving performance in order to prevent motor vehicle accidents.”

What Can Florida Drivers Take From This Study?

There is a good chance that if you were injured in a Florida car accident, the other driver was on a medication that could decrease their ability to drive safely. Florida Highway Troopers and local agency police officers look for alcohol related crashes but because people on medications don't display the same outward signs of intoxication, they usually do not investigate the prescription medication-accident connection.

If you have any questions about a Florida car accident claim, contact Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right side of the screen.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...


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