Drowsy Driving Accidents in Houston and How to Reduce Your Risks14 Aug 2019, by Auto Accidents in
Texas leads the nation in most sleep-related car accidents.
Most people are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence but a lot of people don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel when lacking sleep or when feeling drowsy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 percent of of Texas drivers admitted to falling asleep while driving, which represented the highest rate among the 19 states in the study. In reality, that percentage is probably higher since a lot of drivers might be reluctant to admit to police that they were drowsy or may not realize they were.
Causes and Dangers of Drowsy Driving
In most cases, causes of drowsy driving involved lack of sleep or fatigue but also can involve medications or sleep disorders. These factors can make the driver less likely to be able to pay attention to the road.
When a driver is drowsy or fatigued, their reaction time to events happening on the road is decreased significantly. We suggest everyone who is tired take extra precautions before getting behind the wheel especially those who are third shift workers, individuals taking certain medications that cause drowsiness or individuals who suffer from sleep disorders such has sleep apnea.
How to Reduce your Risk of Driving Drowsy
You can severely reduce your risks of driving drowsy by simply just being self aware. For example, if you know you are feeling extremely tired or have started medication that may impact you, then make arrangements to not be behind the wheel. Individuals who have untreated sleep disorders should consult with their doctor to see the best plan of action for them to get behind the wheel. Commercial drivers who drive who operate trucks, trailers or buses should take extra precautions if they have worked extra shifts.
Help for Individuals Involved in Drowsy Driving Accidents
If you or anyone you know has been involved in an auto accident as a result of drowsy driving, feel free to contact Talabi & Associates, P.C. to review your case at 713-266-0529.