There are many different factors that can contribute to the likelihood of an accident. Speeding, drunk driving, distraction and more can all make it more likely that you will be involved in a crash. Even if you are the most careful and cautious driver on Texas roads, you are still vulnerable to the actions of others. In fact, you could be at risk of injury just because another motorist is dealing with fatigue. Drowsy driving is dangerous, and it is more dangerous than many assume.
Every driver has the responsibility of making smart decisions while behind the wheel. This means knowing and acknowledging times when it is not prudent to operate a vehicle. A person who is making the decision to drive should not do so when he or she is dangerously fatigued and will have difficulty focusing on the road. Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as intoxication or using a phone while operating a vehicle.
Too tired to drive safely
It is normal to feel tired on occasion, and many drivers have likely gotten behind the wheel while they were feeling a little sleepy or drowsy. However, many drivers are not aware of the times when they are quite dangerously fatigued and unable to keep their eyes open while driving. Consider these facts about drowsy driving from the National Safety Council:
- Estimates suggest that more than 6,000 people die in accidents caused by drowsy driving each year.
- The actions of a driver who goes more than 20 hours without sleep are similar to a driver with a BAC of .08%.
- If a driver is experiencing fatigue, he or she is three times more likely to be in a crash.
Some signs of fatigue are not easy to recognize, and drivers can even experience something called micro sleep without realizing that it’s happening. If a driver is nodding off, unable to concentrate or struggling with keeping his or her eyes open, it is best to pull over and avoid driving.
Victims of drowsy driving
Those who are victims of accidents caused by drowsy driving may have grounds to pursue legal recourse for their pain and suffering. An assessment of the case will reveal the options that are available, which may include a claim with the Texas civil justice system. If you are suffering after an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you will benefit from taking action as soon as possible.