A recent study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that teenagers who suffer from sleep deprivation are at a greater risk for sports injuries and car crashes. Unintentional injury sustained in motor vehicle crashes is the major cause of death among teenagers. In an examination of risk behaviors in teenagers that led to fatal motor vehicle accidents, such as failing to wear a seatbelt, texting while driving, or drunk driving, the study found that sleep deprivation, or seven or fewer hours per night, led to a significant increase in these risk behaviors. It is typically recommended that teenagers get an average of nine hours of sleep per night, but for a teenager to get less than nine hours of sleep is very common.
For instance, of the teens who reported getting nine hours of sleep per night, almost five percent admitted to drinking while driving in the past month. However, for those teens who reported getting six hours of sleep per night, the percentage of teens who had drank and drove in the past month doubled to ten percent. Plus, for those teens who got only four hours of sleep or less per night, the percentage increased to 17%.
The study attributes several reasons for teenagers tending to get less than the recommended amount of sleep per month. These reasons include the fact that teenagers tend to have poor sleep habits, such as using electronics in the bedroom and engaging in irregular sleep patterns. For example, teens often get up very early during the school week, and then sleep much later on the weekends in an attempt to make up for lost sleep during the week.
If you or a loved one suffers serious or fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties who are responsible for the accident that led to those injuries. In order to develop your claim for damages, we must determine which party or entity was at fault for the accident, acted in a negligent or reckless manner, or otherwise acted in a manner that caused death or injury to your loved one. At Boller & Vaughan, our Madison accident lawyers can help you with this inquiry and carefully guide you through any personal injury or wrongful death claims that you may have against various responsible parties.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.