Sobering Facts About Prom NightApril 22, 2019
For most American teens, going to the prom is one of the highlights of high school. From picking out a dress and getting fitted for a tuxedo to taking pre-prom pictures with a group of friends, it is a night that most students have anticipated since their freshman year. It is also a night when some teens may make bad choices when it comes to drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, that single bad decision can have tragic consequences when students choose to get behind the wheel of a car after they had too much to drink. These accidents are completely preventable if teen drivers make safety a priority and avoid drinking and driving.
Statistics on Teens and Drunk Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,086 teen drivers were fatally injured in car accidents in 2016 alone. One in five teen drivers involved in those fatal crashes were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The following statistics show how serious this problem is:
- The NHTSA reported that roughly 300 teens suffered fatal injuries in drunk driving accidents before or after the prom over the past several years.
- Approximately one third of fatal drunk driving accidents involving teen drivers occur during the peak of prom and graduation season, which is between April and June.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, and 25 percent of those accidents involve a drunk driver.
- Over 85 percent of teens say that they would drive drunk rather than call their parents because they do not want to get in trouble. Only 21 percent of teens said that they called their parents because they were impaired.
- A Liberty Mutual Survey found that most teens do not fully understand how dangerous drunk driving can be.
Safety Tips for Prom Night
Before prom night, parents should discuss the dangers of drinking and driving with their teen and encourage them to make smart choices. The following safety tips can help ensure that teen drivers make it home from the prom safe and sound:
- When driving, stay on well-lit roads.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and do not get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
- Use extra caution when driving on prom night, as there may be impaired drivers on the road.
- Plan so that you know how you are getting home at the end of the night, and that the driver is sober.
- Make sure that your cell phone is charged.
- Let your parents know your plan and update them if anything changes.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We take drunk driving accidents very seriously and will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. Our skilled legal team will protect your rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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