A student from the University of Alabama is looking at 19 charges after killing two and injuring four in a recent traffic collision. According to al.com, the incident happened during a late evening weekend as the 21-year-old driver was traveling between 80 and 100 miles per hour.Witnesses report that the young driver fled the scene of the accident wearing nothing but a towel. Officers were able to apprehend him later at his apartment complex, after failing a sobriety test and failing to cooperate with officers, according to the police department. He is currently being held on an $185,000 bond and faces charges of aggravated assault, intoxicated assault, manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
Our Montgomery injury lawyers know young drivers are some of the most dangerous when it comes to drinking and driving. Young people are over-represented in driving accidents involving alcohol. In a recent year, people aged 16 to 24 were involved in 28 percent of all alcohol-related driving accidents, although they make up only 14 percent of the U.S. population. Researchers have shown that even a small amount of alcohol can disrupt a person’s ability to concentrate or do two things at once. For less experienced drivers, one or two drinks can cause the loss of reasoning and reaction time that might result in a fatal crash.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are asking all 50 states and the District of Columbia to lower the current limit of 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent, the standard in most industrialized countries.
There is never a bad time to talk to your young drivers about the risk. Many of them don’t understand the risks and dangers that accompany a driver’s license and many of them feel they’re invincible behind the wheel. Stop and talk to the young driver in your family today about the importance of safe and sober driving. It could wind up saving a life.
Tips for Young Drivers:
-As a parent, you have the greatest influence over your teen’s behavior. In fact, leading experts believe parents play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths. Set a safe example when your teen is riding with you.
-Don’t stop talking about driving once they have their licenses. Don’t succumb to the “well, you just have to let them go and hope you raised them right” philosophy of parenting once they are actually on the road. Find ways to keep the conversation active, especially during the first critical months after they begin to drive on their own.
-Be honest and up-front about your expectations regarding drinking and driving. Establish a “none for the road” policy and then stick to it. By being firm and setting a good example, you’ll help steer your child down the safe-driving road.
-Don’t rush the training process. Just because teens have a permit or license, doesn’t mean they are ready for every driving condition. By easing into the training process, such as practicing in parking lots and side streets instead of busy highways, you’ll help ensure you and your teen will be ready for any situation.
-Approach your talk like a great coach. Stay calm, and set clear expectations and consequences regarding dangerous driving behaviors mentioned above. Also, put expectations in writing in a simple parent-teen driving contract. And give lots of encouragement. Kids, including adolescents, respond best to positive reinforcement.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a traffic collision, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a Montgomery accident attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Drunk Driving Killing Innocent Motorists in Alabama, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, September 20, 2013.
Alabama Teens Increase Accident Risks by Skipping GDL Course, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, August 26, 2013.