Austin, Texas – Following the recent high profile hit-and-run accident that left an Austin woman with disfiguring injuries, Austin injury attorney Amy Witherite of the 1800 Truck Wreck attorneys is seeking to raise awareness about a growing problem that has plagued the flourishing city for years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released new information suggesting drowsy driving may be linked to far more traffic accidents than previously thought. According to estimates, 1.2 million motor vehicle crashes may be caused by drowsy driving each year, which is significantly higher than other research has shown in the past. The claim is based on a previous study, which used a different methodology to calculate the total.