A man and woman have been killed in an accident on westbound Interstate 10 westbound near Beaumont early Wednesday morning. According to official reports, around 4:30 a.m. the driver of a 2013 Toyota sedan crashed into the back of a semi-truck that was carrying concrete powder near Smith Road in Jefferson County. The crash closed the Interstate’s westbound lanes for several hours during the morning commute. Two of the passengers in the car, a 51-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, both died at the scene of the crash. The man who was driving the vehicle was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and was scheduled to undergo surgery. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims. However, Texas State troopers did say that the driver was a 21-year-old man from San Antonio. Investigators believe he fell asleep at the wheel, causing him to crash into the truck. Investigators also said that said alcohol did not appear to be a factor. The driver of the big rig is a 57-year-old man from the Houston area. He’s under observation at the hospital. The accident is still currently under investigation. According to the National Safety Council, driving when your overly tired or feeling drowsy has a number of physical side effects that can impair driving. These include, tunnel vision, shortened attention span and reduced reaction times. When a driver falls asleep at the wheel it can cause accidents. If you are feeling drowsy behind the wheel, you should take precautions immediately to ensure that you arrive safely at your destination. Don’t take the chance of injuring yourself, your passengers, or other drivers on the road if you are tired. It is much better to find a safe place to pull over and get some rest. Studies have shown that it doesn’t matter if you drink a lot of coffee, turn up the radio, roll down the window, slap or pinch yourself in order to try to stay awake. None of these methods are a safe substitute to pulling over and getting adequate rest before getting back on the road again. The best insurance is to make sure you get an adequate amount of rest each night. The average adult requires anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Try to keep to a specific schedule of when you go to bed and when you get up every day in order to insure the proper amount of rest. If you have a hard time sleeping or require sleep during the daytime hours, make sure to have light blocking curtains, a sleep mask or even white noise via a white noise unit or window fan, for example to help you fall asleep. Adequate and uninterrupted sleep is essential for safety on the road and in the workplace. If you have been in an accident where you or someone else has fallen asleep behind the wheel, give our offices a call and speak with one of our attorneys. We will go over the details of your case with you and give you suggestions and advice to help you. We have years of experience in the Texas courts and have successfully represented our clients getting them the compensation they deserve. Your initial consultation with our offices is free and without obligation.