We often hear about drowsy driving accidents caused by truck drivers who drive for long hours at a time without taking the proper rest breaks. While this is one of the number one reasons why drowsy driving accidents occur, another major cause of drowsy driving accidents in our nation is caused from drivers taking prescription medications. In fact, certain prescriptions have been found to cause drowsiness.

Unfortunately, when motorists mix medications and driving, it can be dangerous for those involved. This goes for drivers of trucks as well as drivers of passenger vehicles and even motorcycle operators. What’s scary is that motorcyclists are far more vulnerable for crashing and suffering serious injuries if they are driving while drowsy.

Dangers of Driving After Taking Lunesta

According to recent information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lunesta has been known to affect drivers up to 11 hours after taking the medication. The drug has been found to affect drivers and motorcyclists in the following ways:

  • Driving difficulties
  • Memory problems
  • Coordination issues

What’s scary is that motorcyclists may take Lunesta at night only to wake up in the morning unaware that they are suffering from drowsiness caused by the drug. As a result, bikers may hop on their motorcycles to commute to work not knowing that the medication is still affecting their coordination and memory. Of course, Lunesta isn’t the only medication that could affect motorcyclists and other operators and cause them to suffer from drowsiness; however, motorcyclists need to be aware of the dangers Lunesta presents.

If you know people who ride, please share this information with them on Facebook or Twitter to keep them as safe as possible.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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