• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: September 2018

HOUSTON (September 15, 2018) – A Houston police officer avoided a close call early Thursday morning on September 13th.  A man fell asleep at the wheel while driving on the North Freeway near Spring, the man crashed into a patrol car that was parked near a tow truck driver.   

The patrol car was behind a wrecker driver who was stalled in the emergency lane. Luckily the officer and the wrecker driver managed to jump out of the way and avoid being hit. Charges were not filled at this time. No injuries were sustained.

Drowsy driving or fatigued driving has been the cause of countless accidents during 2018 in the Houston area. Drowsy driving can be caused by: drinking, use of drugs, and failure to take breaks during long road trips or driving after being up too long. Signs for a drowsy driver include: difficulty focusing, day dreaming, unable to remember the last few miles driven, yawning, and drifting in between lanes.

Statistics show that adults between ages 18-29 are much more likely to drive while drowsy compared to other age groups. Many drivers are unaware of the risks that sleep deprived driving causes, however approximately 100,000 accidents are reported to the police each year. Fatigued drivers are responsible for more than just their own lives. They are putting other citizens at risk as well.

Drowsy driving is not tolerated in many states. Criminal charges can range from moving violation to reckless driving, depending on the state and the nature of the accident.  In fact, in New Jersey the legislature passed something known as Maggie’s law, which states that a sleep deprived driver qualifies as a reckless driver who can be convicted of vehicular homicide.

If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident due to fatigued driving, it is important to contact a legal expert to help you evaluate your options. Please call (713) 987-7111, and one of the car accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout will be happy to discuss with your individual situation and you legal options.

Sources: https://cw39.com/2018/09/13/hpd-man-crashes-into-patrol-car-after-falling-asleep-at-the-wheel-on-45-north-freeway/, https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20031001/driving-drowsy#1

About the Author

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Hank earned his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and has been actively trying personal injury cases for over ten years. He was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Rising Star from 2012-2014 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas). He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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