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Prescription medications make you a less-safe driver

West Virginia is home to many beautiful, scenic cities and mountains. It has fresh air, clean roadways and highway access to Interstates 64 and 77. With easy access to surrounding cities and states, it's no wonder that so many tourists come to the area. The problem with having a busy highway environment is that people may not be familiar with the way the roads are laid out in the state.

West Virginia's roads wind around mountains, go through tunnels and have steep grades. Fortunately, most people are safe drivers and navigate them without causing accidents. It's those who don't who cause problems.

Why do people get into accidents in St. Marys?

One reason could be because more people are using prescription medications that make them less-safe drivers. Did you know that one in five Americans taking prescription drugs didn't know that the medications make it harder for them to drive? The drugs might make them tired, dizzy or cause other side effects that make them a risk to others on the roads.

Here's an example. Some people need to take anxiety medication for long road trips. Often, benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety, but they have the unfortunate side effect of causing drowsiness. Benzos, as they're nicknamed, are known to impair driving more than driving drunk.

When you combine the risk of taking medications, which most Americans do, with getting behind the wheel in an unfamiliar area, there is a significant hazard for traffic accidents. Added to the high speeds on the highways and with the addition of road construction in some areas, you can see why people need to be more cautious about what they are doing before they get behind the wheel.

Those who are struck by drivers might not know initially that the individual has taken medications, but it's important to find out. Even if the other driver was feeling a little drowsy, that is a factor that could help you win compensation.

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