Alcohol-induced car crashes are completely avoidable, yet Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) claims that during the average American's lifetime, at least two-thirds will have their life adversely impacted by a drunk driver. It's estimated that alcohol-related accidents result in medical and funeral costs that reach as high as $52 billion each year.
Car accidents are the number one cause of death among teens. Among those adolescents who become involved in car crashes, at least 25 percent are found to have consumed alcohol not too long before it occurred.
Teens who become involved in car crashes because of their consumption of alcohol generally don't just injure or kill themselves. Instead, their choice to drive drunk also injures or kills their passengers and the other motorists they may strike.
Their reward for choosing to drink alcohol while underage and then drive can carry serious financial if not also criminal penalties for them for doing so. It may also result in their parents or the party's host being held liable as well.
Aside from not drinking in the first place, teens who do can easily avoid accidents and subsequent injury or wrongful death lawsuits associated with doing so by taking certain preventative measures. Friends can take turns in designating one person out of the group to be the nonalcohol drinking, designated driver for the night.
Intoxicated individuals may also call for a ride either from nondrinking friend, a ride share company or their parents if they feel as if they aren't capable of driving home safely. Nonintoxicated friends may also find it appropriate to take the intoxicated individual's keys from him or her if he or she has consumed a considerable amount of alcohol as well.
As for party hosts, many states allow them to be held both criminally and financially liable for their guests' drunken accidents, especially if they involve another's injuries. They can greatly minimize their risk of being held negligent for another's actions by deciding not to serving alcohol to minors, arranging for their guests to be transported home if they do and by serving nonalcoholic beverages at the party instead.
If you've suffered debilitating injuries after being struck by an intoxicated driver who failed to take these precautions, then you may benefit from discussing the details of your legal case with a Richmond, Virginia, drunk driving accident attorney.
Source: State Farm, "8 ways to prevent drinking and driving," accessed Aug. 04, 2017