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Study Links Sleeping Pill Use to Higher Car Crash Risks

car after head on collisionIt’s no secret that certain kinds of behaviors, like driving while distracted or while under the influence of substances like alcohol, can dramatically increase the risk of car accidents. Long Island car accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have long been concerned about negligent drivers who hurt others because they get behind the wheel drunk or don’t pay attention to the road because they are too busy texting.

But now a new study emphasizes another kind of impaired driving risk: driving while taking sleep aids like Ambien. The study shows that drivers who take sleeping pills can increase their risk of accidents as much as twice in the first year of their prescribed use of such drugs.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident because the other driver got behind the wheel while impaired or drove while distracted, you may have a strong legal case. Negligent driving may also include the use of sleeping pills like Ambien, which can mimic the effects of intoxication, and may be a factor in any personal injury lawsuit that you are considering bringing against the perpetrator in an auto accident. If you require clarification about your legal rights in this matter, we urge you to contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today for a free consultation.

Ambien car crash study

The study in question was published online on June 11 in the American Journal of Public Health and was conducted by researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle who surveyed more than 400,000 Washington state drivers. They found increased car accident risks among drivers taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) and Ambien (zolpidem), all sleep aids. The increased risks were comparable to risks incurred in connection to drunk driving.

Chief researcher for the study, Ryan Hansen said concerning its results: “I hope that people who are taking these medications, who need to take these medications, will take a moment to talk to their doctor and pharmacist and really better understand the risks that are associated with this.”

“It’s not just a risk to them, if they’re out there driving. It’s also a risk to each and every one of us that’s out on the road with people who are taking the medications.”

Indeed, if you have been in a car accident resulting from the negligent driving of a sleep impaired driver who took Ambien or another sleeping pill, you may have a legal case based in part on this factor.

Contact an attorney at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye

At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we uphold the rights of car crash victims who have suffered at the hands of impaired or distracted drivers. It is crucial that drivers get behind the wheel with clear heads and functioning judgment intact. Those who act irresponsibly in this regard need to be held responsible for the damage that they cause.

If you would like further information about filing a sleep aid-related car accident lawsuit in Nassau or Suffolk County, or about any accidents involving alcohol, drug use, texting and driving, or other similar factors, please contact our offices to set up a free, no-obligation meeting with one of our attorneys, who will review your possible case. Contact us at 1-800-469-7429.

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