Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control was recently analyzed to determine that Texas is home to most drowsy driving, followed by Alabama. Sleep-related fatalities associated with accidents led to numbers of 159 such crashes in Texas followed by Alabama at 43. One out of every 21 drivers fell asleep behind the wheel in the last month alone, according to information from the CDC. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 72,000 crashes were associated with drowsy driving in 2016.
Although vehicle on vehicle crashes make up around one-third of sleep-related accidents, other incidents that are common include a vehicle running into another object. The analysis of this data revealed that Mondays and Sundays were statistically the most devastating days for sleep-related crashes and that many of those accidents occurred between 5:00am and 6:00am. If you find yourself tired behind the wheel, it is important to pull off and then take a nap. In certain states, it is allowed for you to stay at a rest area or a rest stop for a longer period of time if you are feeling tired, in your best effort to avoid being involved in a catastrophic personal injury accident.
If you have already been hurt in an incident because of another person’s dangerous behavior and believe that you may have grounds for a personal injury claim, you need evidence indicating that the other person is responsible for falling asleep behind the wheel and it should always be presented directly to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines