Can Feeling Sick Impair Your Ability to Drive?

Can Feeling Sick Impair Your Ability to Drive?

Feeling sick is hard enough especially when you can not just stay in bed all day. This is a common reality for many people who can not get a day off from being mom or dad or from other pressing responsibilities that must be attended to. When possible, if you are not feeling well trying to manage your tasks with as few interactions with others is good practice. Not only does this help contain the bug that is making you ill from spreading to others, but it also may keep you from getting into a car accident if you have to hit the road.

When you are sick, you are not as alert as you would normally be. Your ability to think clearly is also impaired. If you have taken medication to manage your cold, there may be side effects that can also affect your overall ability to function. This means that when you get behind the wheel, you are at increased risk of causing a car crash. Potentially, if you do get into a crash, the medicine you have in your system could be a factor that puts you at risk for being liable for the damages. 

It is not always possible to avoid driving when you are sick, but if you can, then it is a wise choice to leave the car parked. If your behavior behind the wheel is erratic or unsafe because you are not feeling your best, this could lead to an accident where you may be considered negligent. If you were on the receiving end of a reckless driver that causes your vehicular accident in Mississippi, connecting with a Mississippi car accident attorney immediately is in your best interest to file a claim that may secure the most compensation.

How Can Feeling Sick Impair Your Driving Ability?

Can Feeling Sick Impair Your Ability to Drive

An insurance company wanted to know if driving while feeling sick was a risk factor for car accidents. After conducting computerized tests on drivers that were experiencing symptoms associated with having a cold, they found that people who were sick tended to:

  • Brake frequently
  • Brake abruptly
  • Had a reaction time that was poor and too slow for changing conditions.
  • Had irregular driving patterns that were much more unpredictable when compared to drivers that were not sick.
  • Were much less attentive to their surroundings and environment.

According to the study, when a sick person gets behind the wheel their ability to drive safely is drastically reduced. A sick driver is 50% less likely to drive with impunity. Then they had researchers review the data and they had similar findings, confirming that when a person is sick, they are not as capable of driving as they are when they are healthy. In fact, these studies showed that a sick driver could be as dangerous on the road as a healthy person who consumed four double-whiskeys.

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If you were hit and injured in a Jackson car accident, speak to Bob Germany, a Jackson car accident attorney. Germany Law Firm, PLLC has extensive experience fighting on behalf of victims of vehicular accidents in Mississippi and advocating for them so that they secure the most money from their Mississippi personal injury claim. To discuss your accident experience with a proficient and savvy Mississippi personal injury attorney during a free consultation, please call Germany Law Firm, PLLC at (601) 487-0555.