According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are roughly 100,000 annual reported crashes that involve tired drivers. Furthermore, the National Safety Council says that 13 percent of all deadly truck accidents are caused by fatigue. Distracted driving also causes an increased risk of being involved in a serious accident. However, there are steps that can be taken to help drivers in Texas and elsewhere stay safe on the road.
For instance, technology can be used to analyze a driver's hours of service record. Based on the results of the analysis, it can be determined if an individual is at risk of causing a negative event because of fatigue. In addition to driving overnight hours, drivers can be at risk for fatigue when their shifts change. This is because their eating and sleeping schedules are also altered.
To prevent distracted driving, drivers can use the SafeRide app. It will not allow the phone to fully function while a vehicle is moving. Similar forms of technology will allow fleet owners and managers to keep track of a driver's behavior while on the road. A device from Nauto will alert drivers when they are distracted and explain what caused it to happen. This can be useful for drivers in their efforts to become safer behind the wheel.
Someone who has been hurt in an accident that involves a distracted or tired driver may incur significant financial losses. These losses may stem from not being able to work or accruing medical bills in the aftermath of the crash. Generally speaking, the victim of a crash involving a negligent driver is entitled to compensation for these types of damages. An attorney may be able to review a personal injury case to determine how to help a victim obtain a favorable outcome.