As a parent, you know some of the dangers of tired teens all too well. Tired teens (much like tired children and tired adults) tend to be irritable. However, a new study finds that teen sleeping habits may affect more than their moods. Their sleeping habits may affect their ability to drive safely and may endanger others.

Why Teen Sleeping Is Relevant to Car Accident Safety in Independence and across the US

A new study that appeared in the May 20, 2013 edition of Jama Pediatrics found that teens who got six or fewer hours of sleep per night had a significantly increased chance of being in an accident when compared to teens who slept six or more hours at night. The increased risk of being in an accident held true when other factors, such as driving experience and driving records, were accounted for by researchers.

Specifically, the researchers found that teens who got six or fewer hours of sleep had a 9.4% chance of getting in an accident and that teens who got six or more hours of sleep saw that risk of getting in an accident reduced to 6.9%.

Accordingly, it is important to take actions to prevent tired teens from hurting themselves or others in Independence car accidents. Parents should be sure that their teens are properly rested before letting them drive, and educators and parents should be sure to talk to teens about the risks of drowsy driving.

Call a Kansas City Car Crash Lawyer if You, or Your Child, Has Been Hurt by a Tired Teen

Education about drowsy driving and other precautions may help reduce the number of crashes, but they are unlikely to eliminate the risks. Accordingly, it is important to know what to do to protect your legal rights if you’ve been hurt by a tired driver of any age. If you have been injured in an Independence auto accident, then we encourage you to contact an experienced Kansas City auto accident attorney today at (816) 471-5111 or (888) 348-2616 and to read our FREE book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn more.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.