Prescription Medication May Be Cause of Two-Vehicle Collision

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, an accident occurred between two vehicles shortly after 3 PM in the afternoon. According to police, the suspect may have been impaired by prescription medication. The accident took place on S.W. 21st and Central Park Avenue near Topeka, Kansas. As a result, the injured driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver at fault tried to flee the scene of the accident. The collision occurred when the driver of a Ford Explorer heading east crossed the center divider and collided into a Dodge Intrepid that was heading westbound on S.W. 21st. The explorer continued for a block and hit an unoccupied vehicle before breaking down from damage during the accident. The driver at fault was a 54 year-old male.

According to firefighters responding to the scene, the driver appeared to be belligerent and verbally insulting. The fire crews also reported that the driver was high on prescription medications. The impaired driver was cited for driving under the influence and various traffic violations. The injured driver was a man in his mid 20’s who was transported to the hospital for his injuries. It appeared that his injuries were nonlife- threatening.

The Dangers of Driving While on Prescription Medications

Driving while under the influence of prescription medication is highly dangerous and should be prevented. Unfortunately, drugged driving is a huge problem on our roadways as it not only harms the driver, but everyone else involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2007 National Roadside Survey:
  •          More than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications
  •          More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs

According to another NHTSA study performed in 2009:
  •          Among fatally injured drivers, 18 percent tested positive for at least one drug
  •          This is an increase from 2005

Personal Injury Accident Attorney

A large percentage of drivers are driving while under the influence of medications or illegal drugs. If you or someone you know was injured by a drugged driver, you should speak to a personal injury accidentattorney immediately. One of the personal injury accident attorneys at the law offices of Bond and Taylor Law will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us today.