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Legal Drugs Can Impair Driving

There have been extensive efforts on the part of politicians and advocacy organizations to inform the public about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Yet far less attention has been paid to advising people about the potential impairment that may result from taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications.

The reality is that there are many different medicines that can interfere with your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The failure to consider the effects of a medication before getting behind the wheel can have dire consequences.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI because you were unfit to drive after taking your legal medications, then it is important that you work with an attorney who is committed to helping you to wage a strong defense. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 866-822-1230.

Medications that Can Cause Impairment

Some medications that can cause impairment include:

  • Sedative antidepressants
  • Valium
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Allergy, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and sleep medications
  • Motion sickness drugs
  • Anti-seizure medicines

Doctors and pharmacists should attempt to provide you with some warning that the medication or medications that you are expected to take may compromise one or more facets of your ability to drive. But in the rush of things that can easily slip by the wayside and you may be unexpectedly exposing yourself and others to the risk of serious injury as a result.

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We understand that you did not intend to endanger anyone on the roadway, but now you must face potentially severe consequences in the form of a DUI conviction. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 866-822-1230 because you have no time to waste.

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