Prescription Meds and Driving: Are Patients Being Properly Warned and Informed?

We write about drunk driving often because it is such a serious issue in south Florida and all across the country. Reuters reported that “one in five drivers in a random survey had taken prescription drugs that could impair their driving ability, and most were on the road despite having been warned about the risks, a U.S. study found.”

These are not necessarily “narcotics” but could be normal medicines that people take for any number of routine or serious illnesses that may have dramatic side-effects and cause impairment to a driver’s ability to maneuver a motor vehicle.

“Among those who used sedatives or narcotics, 85% said they received a warning from their healthcare provider or the medication label about possible impairment. However, just 63% of drivers using antidepressants and 58% of those using stimulants reported receiving warnings about their risk.”

The study found that many patients did receive a warning, but chose to drive anyway. Others said they never received any warning. It’s very important to read the labels and accompanying instructions every time you pick up a prescription. Better, take a moment to discuss the medicine with your pharmacist. Pretty much every time you are checking out at the pharmacy, someone will ask you “do you have any questions?” Don’t rush off….say yes! And make sure you are 100% clear on what you are putting into your body.

There is more in the news about robots taking on more duties in pharmacies, and this is concerning because already patients don’t usually have the time to spend actually conversing with their local pharmacist.

Anyone can make a mistake, including physicians and pharmacists. If you feel that you have been harmed by a prescription drug that was prescribed or dispensed improperly, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages, pain, and suffering. Call us at 954-356-0006 and we’ll discuss your situation confidentially.

How to Properly Wear a Seat Belt When Pregnant

If you’re a woman and you have been pregnant, or if you have lived with someone who is pregnant, you know that pregnant people have a tough time being comfortable. It’s hard for them to sit, stand, sleep, walk, or go to the bathroom. It’s just a fact that when you have a giant protrusion in your belly it’s going to be a pain.

Driving is especially difficult for pregnant people because it’s important to be situate in the right spot so your legs reach the pedals, but you don’t want the steering wheel jammed into your belly. Then you have the issue of the seat belt!

You never want to go anywhere in a car without your seat belt, not even around the block.

There are certain modifications you can make while wearing a seat belt. Some of these modifications include:

  • Make sure you always wear both the shoulder strap and the lap belt. Also, ensure that they both fit you properly.
  • Ensure that the shoulder strap is placed between the breasts and to the side of the abdomen. Make sure never to place the shoulder strap under your arm.
  • Buckle your lap belt under the belly and over the hip.

In general, it’s probably not a good idea for pregnant people to go on very long car trips. Stay close to home or take an airplane.

Car accidents can seriously harm both mother and baby.

Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, and when you are pregnant the crash can harm both you and your baby. Depending on how bad the crash and how serious your injuries are, a car accident can increase the risk of developing serious complications during pregnancy such as premature rupture of the membranes, preterm labor, placental abruption, miscarriage and even stillbirth. It is needless to mention that a car accident can cause more damage to a pregnant woman than it can to a normal person.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has represented victims of car accidents for over 20 years. We have seen unborn babies injured in crashes and it is tragic. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about an accident or about the best way to protect yourself and baby while driving. We can be reached at 954-356-0006.

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Who is at Fault in a Chain Reaction Accident?

Who is at Fault in a Chain Reaction Accident? South Florida Car Accident Attorney

It’s long been (mostly) true that if you are struck by a car coming up behind you, it’s their fault. But what happens when there is a chain-reaction accident and you’re somewhere in the middle?

South Florida is known for its afternoon rain storms, and after a long, hot, sunny day when the rain hits the pavement it’s a slippery situation. Chain reaction accidents are common, and usually they’re just dented fenders and some scratches. Each driver will likely be able to have their own insurance company take care of the damage, and there is not a federal investigation.

But in the case of a serious multi-car accident where people are injured, looking into who is at fault may become necessary in order to properly compensate those with significant damage and injuries.

As a driver, you are not prepared or qualified to get the facts necessary, and it’s not something you want to get involved with. As qualified Florida accident and personal injury attorneys, this is what we do every day.

It’s not always the car who hit another car first that is at fault, and there are often extenuating circumstances. For example, there may be:

  • A driver who failed to use their brake lights or other signals.
  • A driver who was following too closely.
  • A driver who was speeding.
  • A driver who was texting or distracted behind the wheel, unable to react properly to the first crash.
  • The public agency that failed to install or maintain proper traffic signs.
  • The public agency that failed to clear the road of obstacles that caused drivers to abruptly stop.

All that said, there are also cases where no one can actually be blamed for the crash. An example is when the accident occurred because of bad weather or natural hazards on the road such as an ice patch. Another is when a driver inadvertently instigated the accident because they were losing consciousness at the wheel due to a medical condition. In cases like these, the liability may be reduced or eliminated altogether. Our job is to persist until we find the facts.

South Florida Car Accident Attorney

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been investigating very complex crashes for over 20 years. We understand the dynamics of crashes and we have expert accident investigators we work with who are capable of getting the facts.

Often a case may require an expert witness to testify as to how an accident occurred and who was at fault. We handle these details.

Call us at 954-356-0006 if you have any questions about an accident and we’ll be happy to advise you on the best course of action.