Prom Season and Car Accidents in Montgomery

Prom is right around the corner and students and faculty members with the University of Alabama are reaching out to high school students in the state to talk about the importance of safety and safe driving habits during this time.
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Within these presentations, students are exposed to a short film in which a high school student gets involved in an alcohol-related car accident. The teen isn’t the driver, but the other car involved in the wreck is driven by an intoxicated driver. The intoxicated driver slams into the teen’s vehicle, and even after roughly 40 surgeries her body remains nearly unrecognizable. It’s a very real truth, alcohol-related car accidents in Montgomery and elsewhere. These presentations were formatted to help ensure that these students work together to help keep our roadways alcohol free during this year’s prom season.

Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand that there is an alcohol-related fatality every 33 minutes. According to the Times Daily, an alcohol-related injury happens in the United States every 2 minutes. A number of safe driving advocates and law enforcement officials throughout the state are reaching out to these young drivers, hopefully before it’s too late. We ask that parents get in on the action and talk with the teens in their family about the risks associated with prom night and the graduation season. Alcohol and drug use are a common factor in motor vehicle accidents on our roadways during this time of year. Talk with your teen to make sure that they understand the consequences of poor decisions and automobile accidents during this time of the year.

“Driving is a privilege, not a right, and parents need to set certain limits to ensure their teens stay safe,” added Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

ABC31 is here to offer parents with some simple tips to help kick off the safety conversation before their teen’s big night. Talking with teens may be the best way to help raise awareness and keep them safe on our roadways.

Prom Safety Tips:

-Make sure that you know your teen’s detailed itinerary for the big night’s plans. Know the venues they’ll be at, the time’s they’ll be there and contact information should you need to get a hold of them.

-Know what they’re doing after prom. If it involves a friend’s house, call their parents to make sure alcohol and other drugs will not be involved.

-Be sure to establish a curfew.

-Know the names and contact information of everyone your kid will be with. Talk to their parents as well to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

-Establish “check-in” times.

-Provide your teen with a backup plan, or a way to get home safely, should they need. Offer a safe out for them.

-Insist your teen calls home and reports back any changes in the itinerary, should there be any.

If you or the teen driver in your family has been injured or killed in an auto accident in Montgomery or elsewhere throughout the state, contact the personal injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-866-942-9315 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

Nightmare prom: ‘It could happen to anybody’, by Bernie Delinski, Times Daily
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