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Is drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2023 | Personal Injury

Drivers are accountable for the decisions they make while behind the wheel. Whether it is driving while distracted or choosing to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, each person is responsible for the implications and consequences of those decisions, especially when it results in the harm of another person. This is also the case when a Texas driver gets behind the wheel when too tired to safely get to his or her destination. 

Too tired to be safe 

Most people get behind the wheel at some point while they are tired. It is normal to feel a little sleepy, but there is a point when fatigue is dangerous as it can affect focus, ability to react to hazards and keep one’s eyes open. In fact, experts compare the effect that fatigue has on a driver to the effects of alcohol. 

Studies found that after being awake for 18 hours, a driver acted similarly to a person who had a blood alcohol content of .05. It is reasonable to assume that the longer a driver is awake, the less capable he or she is of operating a vehicle safely. A driver is often not able to gauge his or her true level of drowsiness and how that could affect driving.  

The victims of drowsy driving 

Those harmed by drowsy driving in Texas do not have to suffer through the aftermath of their accidents alone. The civil justice system provides an opportunity for these individuals to seek compensation and recovery. It might be beneficial to discuss this option with an experienced attorney who can provide legal guidance and support.