Everyone knows that driving under the influence is not just illegal, it’s undeniably dangerous. The reason there are so many laws about driving under the influence, what is and what is not legal, is because it is absolutely not okay.
Most anyone who is driving is aware of the concerns and consequences that come from drinking and driving. We’ve had to sit through discussions in health and driver’ education classes on this specific subject and we’ve seen the PSAs on drinking and driving around holidays such as New Year’s Eve and 4th of July. You may have even memorized your state’s legal limit, knowing you should not exceed a drink or two when getting behind the wheel of your car. You may plan ahead if you know you are going to be drinking, by getting a designated driver or calling an UBER or LYFT. You know you should not get behind the wheel if you feel slightly tipsy – but unfortunately not everyone follows the law.
One of the things that not everyone realizes is that driving under the influence is not always talking about alcohol. Yes, it is probably the biggest problem, but something that is completely legal that can cause driving issues is prescription medication.
If you are prescribed a medication by your doctor, you may need to wait and see how your body reacts to the medication before you start driving. Medications can cause drowsiness, dizziness, decrease your reaction time and so much more. You need to see how the medication affects you and talk to your doctor if you have negative reactions. You do not want a new medication to be the cause of an accident especially an accident that could have been prevented.
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence, you need to call the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. Charles Hardee, Brack Massey and Kyle Blodgett have over 58 years of combined legal experience working with cases just like this. You don’t have to fight the insurance company alone; they will work to get you the compensation you may deserve for your damages and injuries.