Does Texas Have a Drowsy Driver Problem?
Written by Greg on January 5, 2013
According to the Center for Disease Control, the odds of an adult driver falling asleep while driving is approximately one in twenty-four. Recently, the CDC released a study which adjusted that approximately 4% of the adults in the United States and issues regarding drowsy driving at least once in the previous month. This study is backed up by other studies that suggest the same thing.
The recent CDC survey was part of a telephone survey conducted with almost 150,000 participants in over nineteen states during 2009 and 2010.
Interestingly, the persons most likely to have an issue with drowsy driving were middle-aged men and those who averaged less than six hours sleep each night. A surprising finding that is most likely an anomaly, Texans were much more likely to have issues with drowsy driving.
Nevertheless, while it may be hard to believe the Texans fared worse than other states regarding drowsing driving issues the results for the nineteen states study were alarming for everyone, especially Texans.
Sleep deprivation has been a big issue in numerous studies that show a reduced mental capacity and slowed reactions in an accident scenario. For these reasons, commercial truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive each day and must have a specific number of off-duty hours before they can drive again. The intention of the regulations for semi truck drivers is to keep a drowsy driver off the road in a big rig.
The CDC estimates that 3% of the accidents involving death involved a drowsy driver but the real number remains elusive as it is very hard to test for sleep issues.
It is always better to arrive later than not to arrive at all and if you are feeling tired and don’t really remember the last mile or so of driving consider getting off the road.
Greg Baumgartner is a personal injury lawyer and also the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm which is located at 6711 FM 1960 West, Houston, Tx 77069, 281-587-1111. Follow us on Twitter or Google plus.