Prescription drug use (and abuse) is a rising factor in auto accidents across the United States. Drowsiness, slowed reaction time, and disorientation are just a few side effects of prescription medications that can affect a person’s driving abilities.
A man driving the wrong way crashed head-on with a vehicle that carried a mother and two children. Police said the car’s computer showed the man was driving at up to 70 mph at the time. The woman sustained foot, leg and neck fractures, according to reports. Her three-year-old daughter suffered a broken collar bone, while her two-year-old son suffered cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage. The negligent driver was also hospitalized with serious injuries.
Tests revealed that the man benzodiazepine, a prescription drug that can induce sleep and hypnotic states, in his system at the time of the crash. He did not have a prescription for the drug. He was charged with aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm.