Could Your Medication Make You a Dangerous Driver?

Jul 20, 2017 - Driving Safety by

Young woman at driving lessonTexas law prohibits a driver from operating a vehicle while intoxicated, either through the use of alcohol or drugs. Most people think that means illegal drugs, but they would be wrong.

Prescription drugs that impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely can cause that driver to get arrested for DUI. While there is a test to determine the level of alcohol in a driver’s blood that would potentially convict him or her of a DUI (Blood Alcohol Content level of .08 for those over the age of 21), there is no similar test for drug levels. It is up to a prosecutor whether or not to charge someone with a DUI when drugs are involved.

Medications that are known to impact driving include:

  • Cough medicines
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Antidepressants
  • Sleep medications
  • Tranquilizers
  • Opioids

Anyone who is taking medications can benefit from these tips for safer driving:

  • Be sure you always follow instructions when taking medications.
  • Be sure your doctor and your pharmacist is aware of all medications you are on, to cut the potential for drug interactions. Ask them if any of your medications will impair your driving ability.
  • Never mix medications.
  • Never take someone else’s medication, or share yours with others.
  • Never take medications with alcohol.
  • If you are unsure about how a medication will affect your driving, don’t drive.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.

Free Consultation

You have nothing to lose by letting our attorneys advise you of your options. For a free, immediate attorney review of your case, contact us using the form below or call us at (903) 597-6000.

Contact Us
icon icon icon

From one former client:
"I am so happy to have chosen the best law firm around. The staff is amazing in handling your questions promptly. I hope I don't ever need them again, but if I do, there is no question I will be back. Thank y'all so much for helping me." - Heather N.

WordPress Lightbox Plugin