You have the right to expect other drivers on the roads in Fort Lauderdale to be focused and clear-headed as they operate their vehicle. Unfortunately, some drivers may be impaired behind the wheel, especially if they’ve taken certain prescription drugs before they begin driving.
An injury lawyer for accidents caused by prescription drugs in Fort Lauderdale could help you get compensation if you were hurt in this kind of collision. You can find out more about your legal options by calling 855-529-0269 to speak with the professionals at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik.
Risks Associated with Driving After Taking Prescription Medication
Many drivers in Florida know they shouldn’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. After all, alcohol can slow reaction times, making it harder to focus, and leave drivers feeling drowsy. Many prescription medications lead to the same side effects.
Prescription medications list out their side effects so individuals are aware of the risks. Some of the side-effects that are commonly used prescription drugs can include:
- Blurred vision and the inability to focus
- Dizziness and nausea
- Impaired coordination and slowed movement
- Fatigue and fainting
Dealing with these conditions while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle can easily lead to an accident. For this reason, driving after taking prescription medication can lead to criminal charges in many situations.
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Prescription Marijuana Usage and Driving in Fort Lauderdale
Individuals in Florida may now purchase medical marijuana legally in some circumstances. However, as with many other prescription drugs, drivers should not operate a vehicle after consuming marijuana.
Marijuana usage can as much as double the odds that a driver will cause an accident. You could experience injuries and damage to your vehicle if you were struck by a driver who used marijuana. Speak with a car accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale today if you were involved in a collision.
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Criminal Charges for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs
We’ve reviewed the dangers associated with driving after taking certain prescription drugs. The court system in Florida is aware of these risks, and has made operating a vehicle under the influence of prescription medications a criminal offense.
This means that a driver who took prescription medication and got behind the wheel could face criminal charges. If the driver is convicted, you could be awarded restitution for your medical expenses and other losses. However, a criminal trial will generally not be your first option for securing the compensation you deserve in Fort Lauderdale.
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Get Compensation After an Accident Caused by Prescription Medication
Florida is a no-fault car accident state. This means that – if you were hurt in an accident caused by prescription drug use – you will first seek compensation through your personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) coverage.
These policies are part of your car insurance. Taken together, they can provide you with compensation for your:
- Healthcare expenses
- Lost wages at work
- Vehicle repair costs
However, these policies have limitations. You can only receive a maximum of $10,000 from each policy. Additionally, you must seek initial treatment for your injuries within 14 days to qualify for your PIP coverage. You must also report the accident within 10 days.
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Handle Serious Injuries Caused by Accidents Involving Prescription Drugs
In some cases, $10,000 will not be enough to cover your medical expenses and other losses following a car accident in Fort Lauderdale. If you experienced a severe injury, you may be able to seek additional damages by:
- Filing a personal injury claim against the driver
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver
Jason and Debi Chalik can help you construct your personal injury claim or lawsuit. They can investigate the facts surrounding your accident, speak with witnesses, and review police reports. If the other driver was convicted in criminal court, it can make it easier to secure the compensation you deserve.
Let the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik offer you dedicated support right now. Jason and Debi Chalik can work tirelessly for you and they will not accept payment for legal fees unless they bring you the damages you need to fully recover.
You Can Get Legal Help After an Accident Caused by Prescription Drugs
Getting legal help fast can improve your odds of getting maximum compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik now to speak with a professional injury lawyer for accidents caused by prescription drugs in Fort Lauderdale. You can call us at 855-529-0269 or fill out our online contact form to get a free case evaluation.
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