Drunk Driving Accidents Spike in Spring Months for TeensApril 29, 2019
Teenagers are not supposed to drink alcohol, and they are certainly not supposed to drink and drive. Unfortunately, too many teens ignore the law and get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, putting their lives and others on the road in jeopardy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all car accident fatalities involve drunk drivers.
Spring is a prime season for teen drinking and subsequent drunk driving accidents. This is due to more parties being held in spring, including those celebrating prom and graduation. Far too many of these teen gatherings end in tragedy when drinking and driving are involved. Other factors that contribute to teen car accidents include speeding, failing to wear a seat belt, and distracted driving.
Drunk driving accidents also occur when teens are on vacation in warmer climates. Not only are young people more inclined to drink and drive in such an unsupervised atmosphere, but they are also not familiar with the local roadways, which increases the risk for accidents.
When a drunk teenager causes an accident, they are not the only party responsible for the crash. Attorneys representing accident victims identify other responsible parties for the accident, which may include the owner of the car, the teen’s parents, and the person who supplied the driver with alcoholic beverages.
Zero Tolerance Law
Maryland laws have zero tolerance for teens who drink and drive. If a person under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent, they will lose their license. While the limit is 0.08 percent, impairment begins between 0.04 and 0.08 percent. An individual found driving under the influence (DUI) can face fines up to $1,000 and potential jail time. For those under the age of 21, a two-year license suspension accompanies conviction charges.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Drunk Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you need the services of the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve and ensure that your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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