Drowsy driving can be one of the most common and deadly dangers to face motorists on Texas roadways. Whether people are returning home from a long day of work or simply dealing with a poor night’s sleep, fatigued driving occurs all too frequently. One report by the American Automobile Association noted that the number of crashes involving drowsiness could be eight times higher than official estimates suggest. In addition, another survey showed that 60 percent of American adults admitted to driving while sleepy and a full 37 percent of respondents said that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once.
Yet another poll found that 3 percent of Americans admitted that they had fallen asleep while operating a vehicle in the two-week period preceding the survey. While drowsy driving may be common, it can also be severely dangerous. When people drive while drowsy, they are at a far greater risk of causing serious car accidents. Drowsy drivers have slow reaction times and impaired decision-making abilities, especially in emergency situations. In fact, sleepy driving has often been compared to drunk driving in terms of the effect on the body.
There are a number of signs that can indicate sleep deprivation, including continuous yawning, an inability to keep eyes open and memory lapses. Drowsy drivers will often begin to swerve or drift from lane to lane or into the shoulder.
Someone who has been injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by a drowsy driver’s negligent or dangerous actions may want to contact a personal injury attorney. Legal counsel could help a client pursue compensation for the damages suffered, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.