Getting the proper sleep is essential to one’s mind and body. When people are sleep-deprived, they have delayed reactions, dulled judgment, and have more close calls than those who get adequate sleep. While getting eight hours of sleep or more is critical to a driver’s safety, it is also essential for pedestrians.

According to a new study conducted in the Youth Safety Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, sleep-deprived teens have a higher chance of being hit by a motor vehicle while crossing the street. This study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, included 55 teens, aged 14 and 15, who only slept four hours the night prior to the test—half of the amount of sleep teenagers this age should be getting.

What researchers found is that teens who didn’t have the proper sleep took longer to cross the street and had more close calls. Interestingly, this study reveals that just one night without the proper amount of sleep can impact a teen’s ability to cross the street safely. Study author Aaron Davis said, “It is easy to discount the idea that this loss of sleep could have significant impact if it occurs rarely, but this study demonstrates that adolescents’ safety could be put at risk after just one night of inadequate sleep.”

Researchers indicated that there are 8,000 teens between 14 and 15 years-old who suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents annually throughout this nation. In order to reduce the chances of a Georgia pedestrian accident, teens should have adequate sleep. 

However, if a driver was negligent and struck your teen, whether your teen did or didn’t get eight hours of sleep, your family may have a legal claim. Contact Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 to speak with a Peachtree City pedestrian accident attorney in a free consultation today.

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