Teenagers and young adults across the country are often staying up late, playing video games or cramming for tests. Some of them are getting less than six hours of sleep at night, and a new study has found that those operating on less than six hours of sleep have a higher risk of causing a car accident.
According to a report, 20 percent of all car accidents have a sleep deprivation factor, and the recently revealed study focused on this variable and its impact on drivers between the ages of 17 and 24. The study found that people in this age group who received six or fewer hours of sleep each night were 20 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident.
This statistic might not sound very shocking to some, especially teens who find themselves staying up late. However, it is important for young adults and their parents to understand that it is not only unsafe for the teens but also for others on the road. It is the responsibility of every driver to make sure they are operating their vehicle safely. Sometimes people think they are capable if they just have an extra cup of coffee in the morning. However, it might be safer for all drivers on the road to make sure they are getting enough rest each night so they can be attentive while driving.
People who are injured because of negligent, drowsy drivers might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help the person understand their rights and seek compensation for their injuries.
Source: LiveScience, “Teens Short On Sleep Have Higher Car Accident Risk, Study Finds,” Rachael Rettner, May 20, 2013