Three Men Killed in Tilden Car Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 1-Nov-2011

Three oilfield workers were killed in a car accident near Tilden, Texas on Highway 72, early Monday.

Juaquin Mireles-Munoz, 27, was driving westbound when the Chevrolet truck he was driving swerved into the eastbound lane, smashing into an oncoming pickup truck.

Rojelio Banda Cabrera, 61, and Juan Everado Garcia, 58, were pronounced dead, along with Mireles-Munoz. Cabrera was driving the pickup truck with Garcia as his passenger. All three men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, state troopers said.

Officials and investigators on the scene believe that fatigue may be responsible for the fatal car accident.

The accident was the third instance involving fatalities, on Texas Highway 72.

While much attention is given to drunk driving, fatigued or sleepy driving can be equally detrimental, affecting overworked and busy Americans across the country and offering dangerous consequences on the roads and highways.

Fatigue can affect reaction times, judgment and vision, resulting in erratic and out-of-control driving. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 car accidents every year, many occurring at night.

Although busy lifestyles can make getting enough sleep a difficult aspiration, drivers can combat the dangers of fatigued driving by trying to get enough sleep every night, planning extra time on long trips (in case it’s necessary to stop and rest) and reporting erratic or suspected fatigued drivers.

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