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Using sleeping pills can increase risks of car accidents

Sleeping pills like Restoril and Ambien can increase your chances of being in an accident, according to recent research. These medications can double your chances your chances of being in a serious accident, even if the effects of the medication should have worn off by the time you drive. The same study indicated that taking sleeping pills could increase a driver’s risk of being in an accident by the same amount as having too much alcohol.

Partly as a result of these findings, the Food and Drug Administration told makers of sleeping pills to reduce the recommended dosage of these pills because research indicated that the impact of these medicines taken at night could stay in the bloodstream for long enough to influence morning driving. Many people using sleeping pills are not even aware that the impacts of their usage could stretch well into the morning hours.

The FDA recommended that doctors aim to give individuals with sleeping problems the lowest possible dose. The medical records and driving records of more than 400,000 individuals were analyzed in order to arrive at these results. If you are already taking sleeping pills and are concerned about their impact stretching into your morning commute, now is a good time to schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss options.

If you or someone you know has already been injured in an accident because someone else fell asleep at the wheel or were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim in order to receive compensation for the harm that you have suffered. If your injuries are serious and will continue to persist for some time, then it is recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable New York personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later. The law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. is here to help you if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Call 718-329-9500 to arrange a free in-office consultation with Mr. Lutzky. Home and hospital visits are available in the event of a serious injury. Mr. Lutkzky has helped recovered millions for victims of serious accidents. Read more about car accidents and the law at www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.

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