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While you might find it difficult to believe someone could fall asleep while driving a motor vehicle, the reality is it happens all too often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 25 drivers has actually fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past month alone. Unfortunately for Texas drivers, the threat is even more real.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas has the highest number of traffic deaths caused by drowsy drivers in the entire country. Approximately 22% of all sleep-related traffic fatalities in 2016 occurred in Texas. But Texas wasn’t just number one, it outranked all other states by a considerable margin. The state with the second highest number of sleep-related traffic fatalities was Alabama, but that state only accounted for 6% of all sleep-related fatalities in the country. So why does Texas have more than three times as many sleep-related fatalities than other states?
It is difficult to say exactly why Texas has more drowsy driving fatalities than other states. Texas does have thousands of miles of roadways, and drivers on long trips across the state may easily become fatigued. However, the prevalence of drowsy driving is very likely a cultural issue. Young drivers are generally taught about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but they are rarely educated on the dangers of drowsy driving.
Drowsy driving can be even more dangerous than drunk driving because there is no test for fatigue, making it incredibly difficult for law enforcement officials to police drowsy drivers. Despite the lack of testing, drowsy drivers can still be held responsible for causing car accidents. All drivers are expected to be in control of their vehicles at all times. When reckless drivers cause accidents, victims can seek compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other types of compensation.
Car accidents present huge challenges to victims during recovery. If a drowsy driver injured you or someone you love in a Houston car accident, call the Texas drowsy driving accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. We offer free consultations and there is no upfront cost for working with us. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.