Opioid Use Linked to Automobile Injuries; California Car Accident Lawyer Jeff Nadrich Responds

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Car accident lawyer Jeff Nadrich responds to a recent report linking opioid use to accidents and fatalities behind the wheel.

A new Canadian study has found a correlation between opioid use and behind-the-wheel injuries, Reuters reports. Opioids include common painkillers like oxycodone and codeine, and they have become cause for concern in recent years, due to overdoses and recreational uses.

The study was conducted on patients aged 18 to 64 years, who received at least 1 opioid prescription between April 1, 2003, through March 31, 2011. According to the abstract, Cases were defined as having an emergency department visit related to road trauma. Patients without road trauma served as a control group matched to cases by age, sex, index year, prior road trauma, and a disease risk index. We compared the risk of road trauma among patients treated with doses of opioids ranging from very low to very high (<20 to ≥200 morphine equivalents daily).”

The study found that people who took moderate-doses of the drugs were 29 percent more likely to be involved in an injury crash while behind the wheel, and those who took high doses were 42 percent more likely, compared to people on very low doses.

California car accident attorney Jeff Nadrich has represented car crash victims for more than 25 years, and notes that prescription drug use is an increasingly common factor in crashes. Nadrich urges all opioid users to avoid driving while taking moderate to heavy doses, and he offers the following advice for individuals who have been in a crash:

“See your physician and describe any pain that you may have. If you are in severe pain you should go to the emergency room immediately. Following an auto accident you should try to write down any information relating to the accident for future use. This information will help establish if you have a case. Include witness contact information, location, factors that led up to the accident, and any other relevant information.”

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.

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