Do Medications and Driving Mix?

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    December 4 2020

    Do Medications and Driving Mix?

    COVID-19 has challenged us all and has had a significant impact on our mental health. In response, prescriptions filled for antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-insomnia medications spiked. If you have a new or existing prescription, you may be wondering if your medications and driving mix. That is a discussion you must have with your doctor. However, if your medication causes impairment then you could cause an accident and face serious consequences. We will discuss medications and driving below.

    If a driver under the influence of medication injures you, you should seek medical attention immediately. Once you have gotten the injuries tended to, you should seek legal help from a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers ready to help you with your case. Please note: insurance companies are not motivated to help you. You need an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer to protect your rights and help you gain maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Do Medications and Driving Mix?

    Do medications and driving mix? That depends on the medications and you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can safely operate a vehicle. Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can have numerous side effects and cause unintended reactions. These can make it unsafe for you to drive. Side effects can include the following:

    • Sleepiness/drowsiness
    • Slow reaction time
    • Blurred vision
    • Dizziness
    • Fainting
    • Inability to focus or pay attention
    • Nausea
    • Excitability

    If you experience any of the above, you should stop driving immediately and talk to your health care provider. If you are injured in an accident, and suspect the other driver was under the influence of medication, contact the authorities. Then consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. You don’t have to worry about paying for a lawyer upfront. We work on a contingency basis – our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers get paid when you win. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    In Nevada, Is it Legal to Take Medication and Drive?

    In Nevada, it is unlawful to drive while impaired. You can be arrested and convicted for driving under the influence of controlled or prohibited substances. Nevada Revised Statute 484C.110(2)(c) provides in part:

    2. It is unlawful for any person who:

    (a) Is under the influence of a controlled substance;

    (b) Is under the combined influence of intoxicating liquor and a controlled substance; or

    (c) Inhales, ingests, applies or otherwise uses any chemical, poison or organic solvent, or any compound or combination of any of these, to a degree which renders the person incapable of safely driving or exercising actual physical control of a vehicle,

    to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public has access. The fact that any person charged with a violation of this subsection is or has been entitled to use that drug under the laws of this State is not a defense against any charge of violating this subsection.

    Has an impaired driver injured you? It is important to work with a Las Vegas lawyer who can manage all the issues involved in a complex impaired accident case. You may be advised to represent yourself in a Las Vegas car accident case. This is not the wisest course of action because you want the best opportunity to gain compensation – let the experts at Anthem Injury Lawyers protect your rights. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Medications Might Affect Driving?

    Any substance can impact your driving. It is important that you know how your medicine, or combination of medicines, affects you. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following medicines might make it dangerous to drive:

    • Opioid pain relievers
    • Prescription drugs for anxiety (for example, benzodiazepines)
    • Anti-seizure drugs (antiepileptic drugs)
    • Antipsychotic drugs
    • Some antidepressants
    • Products containing codeine
    • Some cold remedies and allergy products, such as antihistamines (both prescription and OTC)
    • Sleeping pills
    • Muscle relaxants
    • Medicines that treat or control symptoms of diarrhea
    • Medicines that treat or prevent symptoms of motion sickness
    • Diet pills, “stay awake” drugs, and other medications with stimulants (e.g., caffeine, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine)

    Proceed with caution when you start a new medication. Be aware of how it can impact your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a car accident. If another driver has injured you, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. Let our Las Vegas car accident lawyers pursue your case for you because we will fight aggressively to ensure you get the compensation due you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Do You Know How to Identify an Impaired Driver?

    Impaired driver awareness is everyone’s responsibility. Staying alert on the roads can help save lives. Can you identify the signs that a driver may be impaired? MADD provides the following 15 signs that a driver may be impaired:

    1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
    2. Tailgating
    3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
    4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
    5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
    6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
    7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
    8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
    9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
    10. Straddling the center lane marker
    11. Driving with headlights off at night
    12. Swerving
    13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
    14. Turning abruptly or illegally
    15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

    If you suspect a driver is impaired, do not engage. Try to make a note of the vehicle’s license plate number and driving direction. Then contact authorities immediately. If you are injured by an impaired driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about upfront fees. Remember: insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. You need an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer to represent you to have the best opportunity at receiving just compensation. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients in Las Vegas and vicinity. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Can You Do If You Suspect the Driver Who Caused Your Accident Is Impaired?

    Impaired driving awareness can save lives. Unfortunately, sometimes an impaired driver causes an accident. What should you do if you suspect an impaired driver caused your car accident?

    • Contact the authorities. Let the police know that you suspect the other driver was impaired.
    • Collect evidence from the scene. Evidence can include witnesses and photographs.
    • Get medical treatment. If you are injured or might be injured, get medical help immediately.
    • Get legal advice from a personal injury lawyer. Do not delay, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you with the complex issues involved in your case.

    Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers for assistance with handling the details of your car accident case. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers offer you years of experience winning cases where our clients have been victims of impaired drivers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    Have you been injured by an impaired driver in the Las Vegas area? You should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Award-winning personal injury law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers based in Henderson, Nevada. With over 25 years of experience, Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area offices, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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