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Drowsy driving caused 3,666 fatal accidents in the United States between 2012 and 2016.
Just how common is drowsy driving? According to the CDC, 1 in 25 drivers have fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days. That’s not even counting the number of people who have driven while feeling sleepy or fatigued yet managed to stay awake.
A shocking 23.9 percent (876) of fatal traffic accidents caused by drowsy driving took place in Texas.
Here are the top five states with the most fatal traffic accidents caused by a drowsy driver between 2012 and 2016:
- Texas: 23.9 percent
- California: 6.06 percent
- Alabama: 5.02 percent
- Colorado: 3.74 percent
- Virginia: 2.89 percent
Sixteen out of the top 30 counties with the most deadly crashes caused by drowsy driving in the United States were in Texas.
When analyzing this data, something we found interesting was that the number of traffic deaths caused by drowsy driving wasn’t necessarily in the highest population centers. Of the top 30 most populous counties in the United States, only nine were found on the list of the 30 counties with the most fatal traffic crashes.