We’ve all heard that adults need an average of seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function properly. When we get too little sleep, it creates sleep deprivation, which can lead to impairment. Although we may get used to staying up late and waking up early, our bodies still need the proper amount of sleep in order to think clearly and so that our judgment and reaction times are not affected negatively.

It may surprise you to know that teenagers need more sleep than adults, even though it seems like they have more energy. In fact, a teen needs an average of nine hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately, due to after school sports, homework, television, and social media networks, most teenagers are staying up too late and are not getting the proper amount of sleep—resulting in day time sleepiness.

Sadly, sleepy drivers are now causing one out of five auto accidents in the United States, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The study results found that those in the 18 to 20 age group accounted for more fatigue-related crashes than other age groups.

This study was interesting as it was the first time researchers observed driver behaviors before a crash. What they found in 20 percent of all crashes was that drivers showed fatigue in a number of different ways including:

  • Yawning
  • Head bopping
  • Eye-lid closure
  • Micro sleep
  • Loss of facial musculature

If you have been injured by a drowsy driver who may have fallen asleep at the wheel, contact an experienced Norcross accident attorney following your Gwinnett County car crash. You can reach Shane Smith Law at 770.487.8999 for a free initial case consultation today.

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