The FDA has recently increased its efforts to warn consumers of the effects some over-the-counter medications have on a person’s ability to drive. During a briefing earlier this month on the dangers of driving while drowsy, FDA medical officer Dr. Ali Mohamadi suggested certain medications, including antidiarrheals and antihistamines, may give the false impression of being safe because they are available OTC, but warned they should not be used prior to driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 2.5 percent of all fatal car accidents involve drowsy drivers. An additional two percent of car accidents that result in injury involve drowsy drivers as well. The FDA hopes to lower this number through increased consumer awareness.
Understanding Your Rights
Drowsy drivers, like drunk or distracted drivers, place everyone on the road at increased risk for serious or fatal injury. When you or a loved one is involved in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you have every right to hold them accountable and seek compensation well beyond the offerings of insurance companies.
Chicago car accident lawyer Harvey L. Walner and his legal team have the experience and tenacity necessary to help victims of negligent driers full compensation. We would be honored to meet with you to discuss your case and your rights, and to help you determine the most effective way to get the justice you are due.
To schedule your free case evaluation with one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today. Our attorneys serve victims of serious injury in Chicago and throughout Illinois.