Many parents find sending their children to college stressful. Often, it marks the very first time teens will live away from home—and parents hope they have imparted proper decision-making skills. Below, Caddell Reynolds examines the issues related to underage alcohol consumption—including the risks behind the wheel.
Every year, colleges and universities recognize National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAM) during the third week of October. At this time, schools nationwide sponsor educational initiatives, discussion forums, and informational programs to raise understanding of underage drinking on campus–including such issues as drunk driving and binge drinking.
The Problem of Drunk Driving
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-related vehicle collisions each day—making drunk driving a major problem in the U.S. At the same time, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) state drunk drivers kill 10,497 Americans every year.
Risks to Teens
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us car accidents are the number-one cause of teen deaths—and over 5,000 teens die in crashes each year. Drivers 16-19 are involved in fatal crashes four times as often as drivers aged 25-69. During 2015, 2,333 teens aged 16–19 were killed—and 235,845 injured—in car accidents in the U.S.
A Complex Problem
As most know, alcohol leads to a severe risk of injury or death on the road—severely affecting concentration and impairing reaction time. The National Safety Council says underage drunk driving contributes to 25% of teen car crashes. In their 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the CDC interviewed high school students to find that—during a 30-day period:
- 6% drove a vehicle after drinking
- 17% rode with drivers who drank
- 30% drank alcohol in some amount
- 14% engaged in binge drinking
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident with a drunk driver, call Caddell Reynolds for help at 800-671-4100. When you call, you’ll speak with one of our top Arkansas drunk driving accident lawyers absolutely FREE.
At Caddell Reynolds, we will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Our experienced Arkansas Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers understand drunk driving accident claims—and can help you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Caddell Reynolds Injury Law will be by your side every step of the way. Call us for your Free Legal Consultation at 800-671-4100 today. At Caddell Reynolds, there is never an attorney’s fee due up front. In fact, you owe us nothing until we recover for you. We have offices conveniently located throughout Arkansas to better serve you.
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