Graduation season is right around the corner! High school seniors across the region will celebrate their accomplishments. Whether it will be with senior class trips or established parties, the notion of alcohol being consumed cannot be dismissed out of hand. With that, teens and their parents should continue to have detailed conversations about the dangers of drinking and driving, especially at this time of year.
Young drivers are especially vulnerable – Remember that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-20. So just because you may not have been in an accident the last time you drank, there’s no guarantee that you get home safely the next time you drive while under the influence.
The type of drinks don’t matter – It doesn’t matter what type of alcohol is consumed, it is the number of drinks consumed over time that’s important. So a person could have a beer, then shots later, and then a wine cooler later on; the more alcohol that is consumed over time, the more likely a driver will be impaired.
It is not just about the alcohol – Keep in mind that excessive speed is a factor in a majority of accidents involving teen drivers. It also makes sense to limit distractions while behind the wheel, so this means putting the phone down could save your life.
If you have questions about your rights and options after a drunk driving related car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. Contact Wilhelm & Roemersma if you have any questions regarding drunk driving related car accidents at 908-454-3200.