Major interstates throughout Texas give drivers an uninterrupted path from one corner of this great, big state to another. Unfortunately, the high speeds, heavy traffic, and negligent drivers can make these roads especially dangerous – even more so at night.
Interstate 45, which connects the Houston metro area to the Dallas metro area, is one such highway frequently used by commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers alike – and it’s also one of the most dangerous in the country.
One of the most common causes of accidents along Interstate 45 – and one which is largely preventable – is drowsy driving.
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Fatalities in Metropolitan Areas Along I-45
Covering 285 miles, I-45 is one of the most heavily traveled highways in the state of Texas as traffic from both the Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas congregate on this one roadway.
A data analysis performed on accidents that occurred from 2011 to 2015 reveals that there is an average of 56.5 deadly accidents for every 100 miles of Interstate 45. The Houston metropolitan area ranks as the most dangerous city for motor vehicle collisions along this interstate.
Like other major roads, factors that increase the likelihood of a serious accident include intoxicated drivers, speeding drivers, and inclement weather. However, one major cause of roadway death on I-45 is fatigued driving.
Roadway Fatigue Causes Dangerous Accidents
A study called “Falling Asleep at the Wheel”, revealed that I-45 is among the most dangerous roads for fatigued driving fatalities. This interstate accounts for 7.46% of the nation’s drowsy driving fatalities.
Common factors that contribute to drowsy driving accidents include:
- Medical conditions
- Prescription drugs
- Intoxicated driving
- Shift hours
- Commercial drivers who are fatigued
Highway dangers can increase on long stretches of road where there is less lighting and infrequent stops or rest locations.
Deadly fatigued driving accidents commonly include drivers veering off their lane at a high speed with no attempt to brake. Fatigued drivers endanger their own lives as well as those of any drivers/passengers that may be traveling along the same path.
Justice for Victims of Drowsy Driving Accidents
Drowsy driving contributes to many deadly collisions along Interstate 45.
Lack of rest can greatly diminish a driver’s ability to pay careful attention to their surroundings and can cloud their judgment. Each driver has a duty to operate a vehicle responsibly, and fatigued driving is indeed a dangerous form of driving.
Individuals who have been involved in a drowsy-driving related wreck deserve compensation for all that they have suffered.