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Texas leads the nation for drowsy driving accidents

Drowsy driving has become such a problem throughout the country that an annual prevention week has been assigned to the issue.
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    December 25, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Drowsy driving has become such a problem throughout the country that an annual prevention week has been assigned to the issue. Last month, Texas residents may have noticed warning signs advertising the dangers of driving while fatigued during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The problem is especially prevalent in our state; according to Medical News Today, Texas has the highest national rate of drowsy drivers, with 6.1 percent of people having driven while dangerously tired.

Last year in Texas, there were 180 fatal accidents and 2,080 accidents causing serious injury related to drowsy drivers. The problem is more common than many people might think. Alarmingly, the Centers for Disease Control say that up to 33 percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S. may have been caused by sleepy drivers.

Texas woman's mission to raise awareness

One woman from San Antonio is passionate about spreading the word to other Texas residents about the dangers of drowsy driving, said KVUE. In 2009, she and her husband were hit by a drowsy driver. Her husband was killed in the accident, and she was injured so severely she missed his funeral during her lengthy hospitalization.

The National Sleep Foundation wants to stress the importance of recognizing the warning signs of fatigue, so drivers can avoid putting themselves and others at risk of tragic accidents such as this one. When drivers have trouble focusing or understanding road signs, misjudge road conditions, drift from the lane or continually hit the rumble strip, they are possibly too tired to drive. They may find themselves constantly yawning, blinking their eyelids and even nodding off briefly.

Preventing an accident

Classic alertness tricks, such as playing loud music, blowing in cold air or drinking caffeine, aren't effective for long, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Instead, drivers should:
- Pull over for a nap if too tired to drive.
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness.
- Get enough sleep before driving.

No trip is as important as making sure you, your passengers and others on the road aren't put in danger if you're too sleepy to drive. Simply by not driving while fatigued, many accidents can be prevented.

Getting help from an attorney

With today's statistics on drowsy driving, it's possible you or a loved one can become the victim of a fatigued driver. If you've been hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be eligible for the compensation of your medical expenses. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

Article provided by John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC
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