Muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and anti-anxiety meds are all legal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are always safe.
In fact, drug use (both prescription and illegal) reportedly causes more than one-fourth of all truck accidents. Medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, and more are common.
How does this affect your Maryland personal injury claim? For starters, it’s much more difficult to convict a driver who had a prescription for the medication suspected of contributing to your crash.
Some questions that you may want to ask regarding the use of prescription drugs at the time of your Maryland truck accident include:
- How long had the driver been on the medication before the accident happened?
- Had he or she exhibited dangerous symptoms before?
- Had he or she taken too much?
- Did a doctor OK him or her to be on the medication while driving?
- Does the prescribed drug list any warnings not to drive while on it?
- Did the driver’s employer know about the medication?
- Even though the drug in question is legal, are there any truck driver associations that might list it as potentially dangerous?
You will need to prove first that the medication contributed to the accident and, second, that the medication should not have been used while driving. This is not easy to do unless you are familiar with the nuances of truck accident lawsuits, as well as various drugs.
An experienced Southern Maryland truck accident lawyer can help you get the evidence you need to prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve. To request a free consultation with one of the skilled Maryland truck accident attorneys at Nickelsporn and Lundin, call toll-free 800-877-9700.