Graduating high school is a momentous occasion in any teenager’s life; and, prom is one of the most memorable events leading up to graduation. Although many teenagers enjoy prom responsibly, the reality is prom can be a very dangerous time. In their excitement, teenagers might make poor decisions that could not only affect themselves, but also others.
Don’t Drink and Drive
The American legal drinking age is 21. This means teenagers should not drink alcohol at prom or any other parties. While underage drinking can cause teenagers to get a permanent criminal record, it also puts them at risk for a life-threatening event – drunk driving. Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous not only for the driver, but also for his or her passengers and for other motorists on the roadway. Some of the most deadly car accidents – like rollovers and wrong way accidents – are caused by drunk drivers.
Distracted Driving Is Just As Dangerous
Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Things like putting on makeup, talking to passengers, or changing the radio are potentially deadly distractions. However, the most dangerous distraction in a car is cell phone use. Things like updating social media statuses, taking pictures or videos, or texting frequently cause accidents among teenage drivers.
While answering a text message may seem innocent enough, the average person takes their eyes off the road for five seconds when texting while driving. At 55 miles per hour, five seconds is long enough to travel the length of football field. When you get behind the wheel, you have to commit to driving responsibly, and this means putting your cell phone down.
Don’t Drive If You Are Tired
Drunk driving and distracted driving are not the only dangers teenagers face on prom night. After a long night, students may want to drive home, but driving while tired could cause you to fall asleep at the wheel and lose control of your vehicle. If you are feeling tired, you should stop and pull over.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorneys
Regardless of your age, driving is a huge responsibility and all drivers are expected to drive safely. Drivers who make careless decisions don’t just put themselves in danger, but put every other motorist on the roads at risk for injury or death. If you or someone you love was injured in a Lubbock car accident, you will need the help of an experienced car accident attorney. At Liggett Law Group, we can investigate your accident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.