Prom season is upon us. This raises concern for teenage car accidents and other injuries. A new survey indicates that we have much to be concerned about.
As reported in USA Today, according to a national survey of more than 2,500 11th and 12th graders, 90% of teens believe other teenagers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night. Another 79% believe the same is true for graduation night. However, what is more concerning is that only 25% of the teens believe that driving on prom night can be dangerous.
The survey was commissioned by Liberty Mutual Insurance and a group called Students Against Destructive Decisions. “Newspapers, television, YouTube and Facebook are rife with tales of tragedy from reckless driving on prom and graduation nights, yet an ‘it won’t happen to me’ attitude continues to be so pervasive among our teens,” said Dave Melton, a driving-safety expert with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. “Add to the alcohol factor distractions like texting or talking on the cell phone while driving, or the greater likelihood of multiple people in the car, and the crash potential is very real.”
Car accidents are the number one killer of our teenagers. Parents have to educate teenagers about the risk of driving–whether it involves drinking and driving or not. Unfortunately, some parents may be teaching the wrong lesson. The same survey indicated that about 36% of students surveyed say parents have allowed them to attend parties where it is known that alcohol will be served.
The combination of a teenage driver mixed with cell phones, text-messaging, other teenagers in the car, and the inherent risk of driving for an inexperienced driver is too dangerous already. Don’t add alcohol into the mix.
If your teenager or friend is injured because another teenager was negligent or careless, you should talk to a lawyer before talking with the insurance companies. Insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interest after your car accident–so should you!
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes has been helping those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, and other personal injury matters for nearly 20 years. His Clearwater personal injury law firm-Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes-has been caring for clients since 1955. Click here for a free case evaluation. We See You Through.