Sleepy Teens at High Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

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Drowsy teenagers, who have not had enough sleep, are much more likely to be struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.

Drowsy teenagers, who have not had enough sleep, are much more likely to be struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to new research that was conducted recently at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, teenagers who slept for four hours or less during the previous night were more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. They were also much more likely to cross the street slowly.

The researchers surveyed a total of 55 teenagers, aged between 14 and 15. They wanted to test the ability of the teenagers to cross the street safely. The teenagers were tested in a virtual reality setting.

Teenagers with just four hours of sleep the previous night took much longer to cross the street, compared to those who had 8 ½ hours of sleep. Teenagers who slept for just four hours also crossed with less time before they made contact with a vehicle. They also seemed to have more numbers of near misses, compared to teenagers who slept for 8 ½ hours.

According to the newly released findings by researchers, approximately 8,000 teenagers between the age of 14 and 15, suffer pedestrian accident-related injuries every year. These injuries are serious enough to require medical treatment and even hospitalization.

Sleep deprivation among teenagers should become a serious traffic safety concern.  Teenagers seem to get very little sleep partly due to a hectic social life, and partly because school timings are often fixed way too early in the morning. Many teenagers tend to sleep late in the evening, and this means that they don’t get enough sleep. This increases their accident risks not just when they are walking to school but also driving to school in the morning.

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