Cold medicine and car accidents

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A majority of drivers are well aware of the dangers that come with driving drunk. However, some may forget that even cold medicine can interfere with driving abilities and lead to impairment behind the wheel. During cold and flu season, many people find themselves sick at some point and a lot of people take medicine to help with their symptoms. However, it is irresponsible to get behind the wheel when this medicine interferes with driving abilities in any way.

Cold medicine can make a driver feel drowsy, especially if they accidentally take too much or have never taken a particular type of medicine before. Some drivers may become intoxicated after consuming certain types of medicine to help with their cold or flu symptoms. There are other factors to consider when it comes to medicine and driving while sick. For example, some people force themselves to go to work because they feel that they cannot miss any more days. In order to do so, they may take a lot of medicine to get through the day, and this can affect their driving.

Some people take prescription medications while they are sick, and others rely on over-the-counter medicine. Sometimes, people even mix multiple medications when they are under the weather. If you fall ill this winter, it may make more sense to stay off of the road until you recover. Furthermore, if you are hit by a driver who appears to be ill or drowsy, you should be sure to examine this aspect of the crash if you move forward with a lawsuit.

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