Many people in Philadelphia have the mistaken belief that if they are prescribed a drug, they are okay to drive. This is a dangerous misconception because many prescription drugs can have an effect on a variety of skills that are required to drive a car. These include slowing reaction times, clouding your judgment, making multitasking difficult and affecting your vision.
One 70-year-old Pennsylvania man is in trouble after causing a car accident last August with drugs in his system. The accident occurred when the man was driving south on Route 309 and failed to stop at a red light. He crashed into another car that was turning onto Route 309. That car was driven by a 76-year-old man who became trapped in his car after the accident. He was eventually helped out of his car and taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The man who caused the accident was also taken to the hospital for treatment. While there, he agreed to give a blood sample which showed that he had both Oxycodone and Cyclobanzaprine in his system. There was such a high concentration of the drugs that authorities charged the man with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, a felony in the state of Pennsylvania. He was recently arraigned in county court for this charge along with others related to the accident.
The man who was injured in this accident may wish to seek out the help of a lawyer in order to ensure that he is properly compensated for his pain and suffering, medical bills and damages done to his vehicle.
Source: Montgomery News, â€œTrial slated for man charged in Hatfield car crash that critically injured another person,â€ Michael Goldberg, Jan. 3, 2014