Every year, numerous teens in Louisiana are involved in car accidents -- particularly in the morning while driving to school. Some of these incidents have fatal outcomes, and many of them result in injury. According to a recently released study, numerous teen-involved collisions are the result of these young drivers getting behind the wheel while tired. As drowsy driving is considered negligent driving, anyone injured in one of these accidents may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.
Sleep is something that many people do not feel is important. True, numerous individuals can get by with little sleep; it does not mean their bodies can function as well as they could if they were fully rested. The average teen, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, requires at least eight hours of sleep a night -- 10 would be best. Unfortunately, most teenagers get much less than that, thanks to school, work and various other commitments. So, they go to bed late and wake up early, which messes with their circadian rhythm, and then they get behind the wheel of their cars when their bodies feel they should still be sleeping.
Why does this matter? Teens who drive while tired are more likely to make poor decisions, such as not wearing seat belts. They are also more likely to be distracted, causing them to lose focus on the road.
Drowsy and distracted driving are both considered acts of negligence. Anyone in Louisiana who is injured in an accident with a teenager who was operating a vehicle on too little rest may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. There are a few ways to go about doing this. Legal counsel can review the details of one's case and help one decide the best way to proceed.