Motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other Baton Rouge road users will always be at risk of crossing paths with drunk or drugged drivers. Driving after consuming alcohol, opioids, marijuana, methamphetamines and other substances that cause impairment is illegal in all states. However, lives are permanently changed or even lost after auto accidents caused by impaired drivers.
Many times, drivers fail to judge their own level of impairment. The truth is that if a person feels different, their driving abilities will be different. In many cases, over-the-counter drugs, especially if the medication is taken with alcohol or drugs, cause impairment.
The effect of impairment causing substances on drivers
- Drugs, alcohol and any other substances or medication impair a driver’s judgment and ability to make wise choices.
- Drugs, alcohol and any other substances slow down reaction times and coordination.
- Methamphetamines and cocaine could cause drivers to be reckless and aggressive.
- Combining drugs and alcohol, or two or more drugs, exacerbates each drug’s effect on its own.
- OTC or prescription drugs cause dizziness and drowsiness and cause other side effects.
Drivers must always read the warnings on OTC medications and ask the prescribing doctor about the side effects they could experience. Checking the labels and following instructions could save their own lives and the lives of others. It is important to understand that a warning not to operate heavy machinery includes any vehicle.
Victims of auto accidents caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party in Baton Rouge could pursue financial relief. If the plaintiff can prove negligence, a personal injury lawsuit could be filed in a Louisiana civil court. If successful, a monetary judgment by the court might cover documented economic and other damages.