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by Jeff Rasansky - November 11, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

In Houston, a man pled guilty to his role in a car crash that killed a friend of his in Okinawa, Japan.

The man was revealed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to reporting on Chron.com. The circumstances of the accident are not much different from many other drunk driving accidents: the people involved had consumed an enormous amount and variety of different liquor. One thing that does stand out, however, is that cough syrup was actually involved in the accident. They had purchased the cough syrup with the intention of using it along with the alcohol.

Medication hazards.

While the amount of alcohol involved in this accident was certainly the primary cause of it, it is important to keep in mind that some medications can cause you to be sloppier behind the wheel. With cold and flu season coming up, many people will be taking medications that make you drowsy or that actually contain a quantity of alcohol in them. It’s important to keep that latter part in mind. If you get pulled over for driving under the influence and you happen to have gotten too much alcohol from a cough or cold medication, it doesn’t make any difference legally. Alcohol is alcohol.

Prescription medications can also be very dangerous when you’re behind the wheel. If you’re given a prescription medication and it has a warning on it not to operate machinery or drive, heed that warning. The medication may have very serious effects and, even though you might not feel them right away, you may start feeling them 15 minutes, 30 minutes or even an hour after you’ve taken the medication. If it causes drowsiness, this drowsiness can come on very strong and it can make you into a very dangerous driver.

People are responsible for being careful about the medications that they take before they get onto the road. If you’ve been hit by a driver who wasn’t using illegal substances but who was too heavily medicated on legal drugs to be behind the wheel, contact a Texas car accident law firm. If someone needed a medication for whatever reason, they need to take that into account before they get behind the wheel. Having a medical reason to take a medication does not excuse them from responsibility for what happens due to them driving under the influence of that medication and you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.

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