Driving skills naturally change over time. As he gains experience, a reckless
teen may become a defensive driver. A normally careful driver could turn
into an aggressive or distracted driver after a career change. An elderly
driver may find that the normal changes that come with aging make it harder
to react in dangerous situations.
Driving skills can also change with illness. A sudden health problem or
a chronic disease can impact one's ability to drive safely, make good
driving decisions, and react to traffic. Medical conditions such as heart
disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia and epilepsy increase
the risk of a West Palm Beach car crash because they can cause confusion,
dizziness, faintness, or sleepiness. Arthritis or joint injuries can make
it difficult to check blind spots. Not only do the symptoms of these conditions
impair driving, but the side effects of medication taken for these symptoms
can also increase the likelihood of a Florida traffic accident.
As the American population ages, the number of drivers with chronic health
issues is expected to increase. This means that an increasing number of
drivers will be using medications to manage their health.
In 2009, the AAA Foundation conducted a survey of over 600 drivers between
the ages of 56 and 93. Seventy percent of those participating in the study
were taking one or more medications that could affect driving ability.
However, only 28 percent of those surveyed realized that their medication
could affect driving skills.
If you take medication for an illness or chronic medical condition, follow
this advice from Craig Goldenfarb, an
accident injury lawyer in West Palm Beach:
- Read the inserts and warnings that come with your prescription. If the
package insert warns that the medication may affect driving ability, stop
driving until you know how the medication affects you.
- Discuss all your symptoms and medications with your doctor, and ask if
there are any driving risks that you should be concerned about.
- Let your doctor know if you have received medications from other doctors.
Sometimes a medication that is fine when taken alone will produce dangerous
side effects when mixed with another drug.
- Never drive if you have been drinking. Even a small amount of alcohol can
intensify the effects of medication.
A driver under the influence of prescription medications puts themselves
and everyone else on the road at risk of a West Palm Beach auto accident.
If you are injured by a medicated driver, you have the right to seek compensation
for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses. Discuss your
accident claim with an accident injury lawyer in West Palm Beach. Contact
the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb at (561) 600-5605.
When you call, request a free copy of Florida accident attorney Craig Goldenfarb's book,
What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know.