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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Study emphasizes link between shift work and drowsy driving

In addition to disrupting the sleep-wake cycle and heightening the risk for conditions like heart disease, shift work can increase drowsiness even during daytime commutes. In Texas and across the U.S., more than 9.5 million people work night shifts or rotational shifts, making drowsy driving a public health hazard.

Car accident fatalities rise again in 2016

The number of people killed in automobile accidents around the country increased again in 2016 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and this should worry Texas motorists. Road deaths began falling in 2007 and reached their lowest point in 2014, but the federal safety watchdog reports that they have now risen alarmingly for two consecutive years. Distracted driving and an epidemic of cellphone use behind the wheel was blamed for the surge in accident fatalities a year ago, but the number of deadly distracted driving crashes actually fell by 2.2 percent in 2016.

A majority of 18-34 year olds say they can text and drive safely

A whopping 62 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 said in a recent survey that they are either very confident or somewhat confident in their ability to safely text while driving. At the same time, 64 percent acknowledged that texting or looking at a phone is the most common cause of distracted driving accidents.

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