Most people have experienced how difficult it can be to accomplish a task while feeling drowsy. Not getting enough sleep can cause both immediate and long-term issues.

In activities requiring high focus and concentration levels, fatigue can cause trouble. For example, drowsy driving can lead to dangerous situations like a car accident. 

Getting financial relief for fatigued driving accidents may require the help of an auto accident lawyer in Houston. We’ll break down driving fatigue factors and how a driver can obtain financial relief.

Financial Relief For Drowsy Driving Accidents

Getting financial relief for drowsy driving accidents requires proving the other party was liable. Determining if another driver is at-fault due to drowsy driving follows a three-step formula shown below: 

  1. The at-fault party had a responsibility to act with reasonable care, including ensuring they’re capable of driving
  2. The at-fault party failed to act with care
  3. Your injury occurred as a direct result of the at-fault party’s failure

Essentially, this boils down to that the rule that we must drive responsibly. Part of that  responsibility is to get enough sleep before hitting the road. Failing to get sleep before an accident occurs means the driver might be responsible for paying damages. 

How Common are Fatigue Accidents Nationally and in Texas? 

Between 2010 and 2018, fatigue-related driving accidents claimed the lives of 7,392 people. Texas had the worst record for drowsy-driving deaths in the nation. Texas saw 1,734 casualties, with 1,310 occurring on the state’s interstates and highways. 

People between the ages of 25 to 34 seem to be at most risk from drowsy-driving accidents. Additionally, while drowsy driving kills fewer per year than drunk driving, more people die per accident. 

While the national average of deaths has decreased by 8% since 2010, there have also been surges in total accidents in 2012 and 2014. Such data underlines our ongoing responsibility to prevent driver fatigue whenever possible. Doing so can prevent unnecessary car accidents

Common Factors Leading to Fatigued Driving Accidents

Fatigued driving can happen to anybody, and while it’s often associated with truck drivers working long hours, anyone can become affected. Common factors often linked with drowsy driving are: 

  • Dark rural roads and highways
  • Driving alone
  • Nighttime, between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Late afternoons

During the night and late afternoon, people commonly experience drops in their circadian rhythm. People who work late hours are often susceptible to driving drowsy during this period. 

How Does Fatigue Affect Driving Ability?

While most people have driven at least once in their lifetimes when feeling a little tired, drowsiness can severely impact your driving ability. Some problems fatigued driving can cause include: 

  • Delay in a driver’s reaction time
  • Reduced attentiveness
  • Hampered ability to make decisions–especially in emergency cases

General Tips for Combating Drowsiness 

While the only surefire way to prevent drowsiness while driving is to make sure you get enough sleep, other methods can help you temporarily combat tiredness:

  • Don’t add alcohol into the mix: If you feel tired already but have agreed to grab a quick drink with a friend, you might opt for an alcohol-free beverage. Alcohol can escalate a general feeling of drowsiness. Coupled with the adverse effects alcohol poses in the first place, it’s better to stick with that mocktail. 
  • If possible, grab a quick nap: A short 20-minute nap can help combat your drowsiness and make you more alert. However, this method is not advised if you have a long drive ahead of you. 
  • Check your medication: Your medications may be causing you additional drowsiness.

Get Compensation for Fatigued Driving Accidents with Help from Lapeze & Johns

A car accident can cause immediate and future economic problems, physical injuries, and mental trauma. You’re entitled to seek financial relief when you’ve suffered an injury due to a tired driver. 

At Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, our team of experienced Houston auto accident attorneys are here to assist. We can help you obtain justice and compensation following a car accident. Reach out to us today to see how we can help! 

If you’ve been involved in a car or truck accident in Texas, contact the Houston truck accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns today for legal assistance.

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About Christopher Johns

Christopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.

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