In 2020 there has been a lot of focus on how being sick affects a person, but we have not seen many people discussing a serious issue: driving while sick. You might think that it can’t be prevented at times, but that is likely because you do not realize just how dangerous it can be. Keep reading to get the facts and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Three Factors Determine How Risky It is for a Person to Drive While Sick
There are three factors that will determine whether or not driving while sick makes you more likely to cause a car accident: the type of illness you are suffering from, how serious your symptoms are, and the effects of the medication you are on. Due to some of today’s medications, you might not realize how serious your symptoms are because the medication is masking them. Do not assume that just because you “feel fine” on medication, you are fine to drive.
There Can Be Numerous Symptoms of Driving While Sick
There are many reasons that driving while sick can cause issues when you are driving. First, if you have a serious cold or flu, then your reaction times can be much slower than they usually are. Serious illnesses can also cause mental issues, the inability to move your body unrestricted, and memory issues. These can all negatively impact your ability to drive safely.
Second, you could be distracted while driving sick. Remember that distractions are not just limited to cell phones and tablets – anything that takes your attention off the road is a distraction. This includes things that take up both visual and mental attention. If you are sick and start coughing, your eyes are watering, or you are sneezing, then you could be unsafe to drive.
Finally, consider that cold medicines and other medications people take when sick can have side effects. This includes both over-the-counter and prescribed medications. They can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and other issues. This is why the side of the box or bottle will tell you not to drive while under their influence.
Have You Been the Victim of a Driver Who Was Driving While Sick?
If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident and have reason to believe that the driver was driving while sick, and they knew how sick they were, then this could be proof of their negligence. You might be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to request a free legal consultation and determine what your options are.