Prescriptions and Medications Increasing Your Risks for a St. Louis Car Accident?

Prescriptions and Medications Increasing Your Risks for a St. Louis Car Accident?

About 80 percent of drivers who are over the age of 65 are prescribed medications that could get them into a serious car accident. Unfortunately, many of these drivers don’t know the common side effects of their medications. Not only do medications have the ability to hinder your driving, but the mixture of multiple medications can have some serious side effects, too.


According to Consumer Affairs, officials with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety are working to help drivers understand the risks with prescriptions and other medications and how they impact life behind the wheel. It’s the “Roadwise Rx” program. It allows drivers to enter in the medications they’re currently taking and it produces detailed and personalized feedback regarding how these medications are affecting your abilities to drive.

St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that the number of elderly drivers will continue to grow exponentially with the aging of the Baby Boomers. In fact, officials predict that about one out of every six drivers will be over the age of 64 by 2020. With more of these drivers on our roadways and the use of medications on the rise, the risks for car accidents are expected to increase as well. That’s why we’re asking all drivers to take a look at their medications, talk with a medical professional and utilize the Roadwise Rx program to get a grasp on what you’re medications are doing to your safety. Some drivers might want to even stay away from the driver’ seat. The problem is that serious!

According to recent studies, one out of every five drivers is taking five or more medications or prescriptions. Additional research determined that specific kinds of medications can increase your risk for a car accident by more than 40 percent.

Officials reiterate that this website is not a replacement for a talk with your doctor about these side effects, but is an easy way to gather a list of your prescriptions and the possible safety problems associated with drug interaction. Then bring them to your doctor to review and discuss how they’re affecting you.

As drivers continue to get older, the likelihood of developing a chronic condition increases. It’s these kinds of conditions that require multiple medications. And it’s of the utmost importance that you know how these medications are affecting your safety! Talk with your doctor or your physician today!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 5,480 people over the age of 65 who were killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. An additional 190,000 of these elderly individuals were injured in the accidents. Officials believe that a good chunk of these accidents, injuries and fatalities were the result of drivers who were dealing with the side effects of prescriptions and medications.

We’re also asking younger drivers to talk with their elderly loved ones about these risks. Make sure they’re aware of the risks. Remember that these side effects are even common in some over-the-counter medications, like cold medicines. Make sure that you’re aware of the things that your putting in your body and how they’re affecting you. Knowledge is key to staying safe, especially behind the wheel.

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