Brad Pistotnik Law
Abogado El Toro

Are Prescription Opioids a Prescription for Death?

How do I reach a fair car accident settlement after being injured by a drugged driver? One thing that's clear is that physicians have been prescribing prescription opioids at an alarming rate. The number of prescriptions for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Vicodin, and other opioids has rose from 76 million prescriptions in 1991 to more than 300 million in 2014. Since 1995, the number of accident victims who have died in fatal car crashes has increased by 700%. Individuals who use medications including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Codeine, etc., face the very real risk of death or injury every time they get behind the wheel.

In many cases, the combination of alcohol, prescription opioids, and other drugs is a fatal cocktail. In 30% of fatality cases, 30% had significant BAC levels and 67% had other drugs in their systems at the time of their fatal accident. Driving under the influence of drugs caused more automobile accident fatalities in 2015 than drunk driving. The use of prescription opioids has a significant impact on an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Opioids cause drowsiness, slow reflexes, and can impair an individual's reasoning and judgment. Over the long-term, these highly addictive drugs can lead to dependence and shorten an individual's lifespan.

Drugged driving is a growing problem across the country. In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use showed that 10 million individuals had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel. The rates were highest among adults between the ages of 18-25. In 2015, 20.5 million Americans were addicted to prescription strength pain relievers. Of these, nearly 600,000 developed addictions to heroin. These addictions have a significant impact on the individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Assigning liability and reaching a car accident settlement for a drugged driving accident requires determining who was responsible for causing the accident. In addition to the driver, liable parties could include a physician who overprescribed medication to the driver. It could include a drug manufacturer who failed to properly label medications as dangerous to use while driving. Before pursuing a car accident settlement, it is important to review medical records and other documentation that shows how, why, when, and for how long prescription medications were being used and the impact they had on the individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Brad Pistotnik can help you reach a car accident settlement if you have been injured by a drugged driver. We represent clients in Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, and throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Illinois. Individuals who have been injured and survivors of victims who have died because of drugged drivers can pursue compensation for personal injuries, property damage, loss of income, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.

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