In the city of San Luis Obispo, an auto accident may be caused by a driver who is impaired due to prescription or over-the-counter drug use. Many do not consider that taking medication and driving can be dangerous or illegal, but it may be both.

When people consider impaired driving, alcohol is typically the first thing that comes to mind. The truth of the matter is that prescription or over-the-counter drugs can be just as dangerous. Several prescription medications can interfere with a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. The same can be said for over-the-counter medications. Drugs that are meant to control allergies, colds and influenza are particularly dangerous as they typically contain compounds that make the user drowsy.

Any person who is prescribed medication should speak to their doctor or pharmacist about their ability to drive safely. If there are any indicators that the prescription could impair the ability to drive, the patient should make alternate transportation arrangements. If a person needs to take over-the-counter medication, they should read the label for any precautions or wait until they arrive at their destination before taking the medications.

People who are injured in an accident caused by a driver who is impaired should seek the advice of an experienced attorney. These accidents can cause great injury and damage. No victim should be saddled with outrageous medical bills or forced to pay thousands to replace their property. If you have been injured in this type of accident, consult with an attorney and learn about your rights.