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Medications that might increase a driver’s risk of a car crash

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Car Accidents

No matter how careful you are, you might still get in a car accident with an intoxicated driver. This is one of the primary reasons drivers must be cautious about what they consume before going on the road.

Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are not the only substances that can impair a person’s ability to drive safely. Certain legitimate medications can have the same adverse effect. Here are some examples.

Sleep medications

People who have trouble sleeping sometimes take medicine to help them get some much-needed rest. Unfortunately, the effects of some sleep medicines persist until after bedtime. The following morning, people who take these drugs might find it challenging to concentrate and stay alert, both of which are crucial when driving.

Allergy medications

Drugs containing antihistamines are a godsend for people with allergies, especially during hay fever season, but some can slow down a person’s reaction time. Some allergy medicines might even confuse or make someone sleepy.


The FDA warns that taking medications containing cannabidiol (CBD) might lead to drowsiness, feelings of lethargy and reduced alertness.


People suffering from severe pain sometimes use opioids for relief. Unfortunately, these medications are heavily addictive and often impair a driver’s alertness and ability to think and make sound decisions.


Prescription antidepressants may have adverse cognitive effects on those who take them. These medicines might hinder a person from reacting quickly behind the wheel and focusing on the road.

Drivers generally need to exercise reasonable care on the road to avoid injuring themselves and others. This entails ensuring they are mentally and physically fit to operate their vehicles. If you are in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, a personal injury attorney can help you build a strong case against the parties responsible.