We hope our readers had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. With the holiday passing, many people are going back to work, but with the unofficial start of summer already past, summer vacation is approaching for many teen drivers and college students.
For young drivers, nothing beats the freedom of the summer. After all, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and there is no school (or at least not through the entire day). With that, there is much more time to hang out with friends and take car rides to places they would not usually go during the school year.
This is why law enforcement agencies across the state call the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 deadliest days of summer. Essentially, the number of traffic accidents (and unfortunately) fatalities involving young drivers increases during the summer months. In fact, more than half of the people who lose their lives in auto accidents during this time of year are young people.
Given the propensity for young drivers (under the legal drinking age) to experiment with alcohol, authorities give special attention to finding and stopping drunk drivers. As such, teens and their parents should have honest and frank conversations about the use of alcohol and the implications it can have (both criminal and civil). Basically, a criminal conviction for drunk driving could be used as evidence that a driver failed to use reasonable care while behind the wheel, which could lead to personal liability.
If you have questions about drunk driving accidents, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.