Detroit Car Accident Lawyer Gary Bloom Comments on Report about High School Start Time, Teen Accident Risk

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Gary Bloom, founding attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Bloom, weighs in on a report suggesting that teen drivers who sleep later during the school week are less likely to be involved in car accidents.

If early school start times are leading to higher crash rates among teen drivers, this needs to be addressed immediately by school districts in Michigan and throughout the United States.

Commenting on a New York Times article detailing the results of a November study finding that teen drivers who sleep later are less likely to be involved in car accidents, attorney Gary Bloom said today it’s important for teen drivers and parents alike to understand the risks associated with fatigued driving.

Bloom, founding attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Bloom, based his comments on a November 19 article, “For Teenagers, Early School Start Means More Car Crashes, Study Finds,” which cited a November study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. According to the article, the study found a positive correlation between earlier high school start times and a higher likelihood of accidents involving teen drivers.

“There is growing literature that suggests early high school start times are a problem for teen drivers. However, the underlying issue involves a public safety issue that’s often overlooked and difficult to define,” said Bloom. “Fatigued drivers cause accidents every day in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and throughout the tri-county area. If early school start times are leading to higher crash rates among teen drivers, this needs to be addressed immediately by school districts in Michigan and throughout the United States.”

According to the New York Times, the study analyzed crash rates in two Virginia counties, Chesterfield and Henrico counties, with similar socioeconomic characteristics, ethnic characteristics and traffic congestion patterns between 2009 and 2011. The counties were selected by researchers for having high school start times an hour and twenty-five minutes apart from one another, according to the New York Times story.

The New York Times reported that the study found accident rates among 16- to 18-year old drivers were consistently higher in Chesterfield County, in which the school day starts at 7:20 a.m., while in Henrico County, which has an 8:45 a.m. start time for high school students, accident rates were noticeably lower.

“The danger that fatigued drivers present on roadways is similar to that of a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. That’s why it’s critical for those who drive regularly – and especially teenagers – to get adequate rest before stepping behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Bloom. “Fatigued drivers present an immediate danger to all others on the road. Furthermore, they can be held liable for an accident if it’s proven that the driver who caused the accident was too tired to be driving.”

About the Law Offices of Gary Bloom
Experienced attorney Gary Bloom operates a small yet highly successful law firm in the Detroit area where he makes the needs of clients his No. 1 priority. Gary Bloom distinguishes his legal practice from big city firms by offering his clients personal attention and care. With over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims in Detroit, Livonia, Wayne, Lansing, and Toledo, OH, attorney Gary Bloom has a hard-earned reputation as an aggressive and determined personal injury lawyer who works one-on-one with his clients to build a solid and successful legal strategy. Bloom belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for lawyers who have successfully obtained verdicts or settlements totaling over $1 million. In addition to handling cases involving car accidents, the Law Offices of Gary Bloom has successfully litigated cases on behalf of people injured by medical malpractice, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, call (734) 464-1700 for a free case consultation.

The Law Offices of Gary Bloom has offices in Livonia and Wayne, MI, and Toledo, OH. The main office is located at 39040 7 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152. For more details visit http://www.straighttalker.net.

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