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Car Accidents With Multiple Deaths Increasing in Texas

Lilibeth Ramirez2 years ago

An investigation has found the number of Texas auto accidents with at least three deaths has increased since 2010.

Accidents Occuring in Oil and Gas Extraction Areas

According to KWTX, the number of Texas traffic accidents that resulted in three or more fatalities has increased significantly since 2010.

An investigation revealed 72 such accidents occurred in 2010 – as of last year the number has more than doubled to 148.

Most of the fatalities have taken place along roads with significant traffic caused by the oil and gas boom. However, reports from law enforcement do not specify whether the accidents involved oil and gas vehicles.

Studies have also shown oil field workers are who engage in long work shifts as well as lengthy commutes are 8.5 times more likely to die in a car accident than other private employees.

Driving & Sleep-Deprivation

The National Sleep Foundation provided the following information:

  • Every year, an estimated 100,000 police-reported crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue.
  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk of a sleep-related crash; the less people sleep, the greater the risk.
  • Men are more likely to drive while drowsy and are almost twice as likely to fall asleep while driving than women.
  • A study by researchers in Australia showed that being awake for 18 hours produced an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05, and after 24 hours of .10

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