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Gwinnett County DUI Accident Attorney Discusses Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

Injured Georgia Residents Learn Painfully About the Statistics Regarding Prescription Drugs & DUI Drivers in Gwinnett County

Most people are used to hearing about Gwinnett County DUI accidents involving alcohol. While DUI accidents are very tragic which injure and kill countless people in Georgia every year, Caleb DUI accidents are also caused from prescription drugs.                 

According to The Atlanta Recovery Center, more than 1 in 10 people (13.3 %) 12 years and older have driven under the influence of prescription drugs in Georgia.

In fact, in other surveys, people have had repeatedly mentioned taking the following prescription drugs, beyond their prescribed amount, and even against doctor’s orders:

  • Ativan
  • Anti-depressants
  • Allergy medicines
  • Cough medicine
  • Cold tablets

If you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI accident in Georgia caused by a driver under the influence of over-the-counter or prescription medications, a DUI accident attorney will be able to help you obtain justice. You can also read our guide on what to do if you are hit by a drunk driver while you are waiting to meet with you Gwinnett County DUI accident lawyer. This guide will help you protect your rights before your free legal consultation at the Law Offices of Shane Smith and covers topics including:

  • When court is necessary
  • The difference between a settlement and a court award
  • The truth about insurance companies and how to deal with insurance adjustors     

Based on a combined study from the National Highway Traffic Safety and Medscape Education Pharmacists all of these medications have a depressing effect on the body’s central nervous system (CNS) along with other deleterious effects on vision, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Since these readily available and easily prescribed medications are quite often the cause of Georgia DUI accidents, independent medical professionals refer to these negative effects as, “potentially driver-impairing” PDI medications. More serious and life-threatening symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Fainting
  • Sedation

Since a Caleb DUI accident, due to prescription and/or over-the-counter medication requires a thorough investigation involving medical experts, toxicologists and of course your DUI accident attorney as your legal expert, contacting the Law Offices of Shane Smith will help you obtain the maximum award for your emotional and physical injuries from your Georgia DUI accident. If you are a victim of a driver that has abused prescription and/or over-the counter medications, call our offices for a free legal consultation at (888) 927-6955.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia