Center Valley, PA (PRWEB) November 07, 2012
In the realm of traffic accidents, few are as negligent and reckless as those caused by a drunk driver. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released their October Vital Signs report* detailing the frequency of teen drunk drivers and how to reduce these horrible accidents. The Lancaster car accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell recognize the serious issue of drunk driving especially with regard to teen drivers, which is why they wish to inform the public of how prevalent this problem is.
The CDC report explained that in 2011, there were 1,000,000 teen drivers that got behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.* This is not just an issue of teens having one drink and then driving, the CDC reported that in 2010, one in five teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes had consumed alcohol to some degree, but 81 percent of those who did had blood alcohol concentrations higher than the legal limit for adults (it is illegal for those under 21 to consume any amount of alcohol and drive).*
Teen drivers are already three times more likely than other, more experienced drivers to be in fatal crashes.* This is only further exacerbated by teens making the careless decision not only to break the law by consuming alcohol, but to then get behind the wheel.
Richard P. Console, Jr., a Lancaster personal injury attorney, explained that, “This is not just a major problem on a national scale, it is happening in our own backyards.”
There were 26,813 drivers between the ages of 16-20 involved in accidents—the second highest age group of involved drivers—in Pennsylvania in 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.** Also, there were 934 drivers in the 16-20 age group involved in alcohol-related accidents. The DOT went on to explain that 26 percent of the driver deaths in this age group were drinking drivers.**
“We as parents and as a community have to work together to reduce the occurrence of these terrible accidents,” Console said. “In Lancaster County there were 40 alcohol-related deaths from 2010 through 2011, including teenagers who had been drinking, according to the DOT.”**
When individuals who are under the influence make the choice to get behind the wheel they are not just placing their own life in danger but also that of their passengers and everyone they share the road with. The DOT explained that in Pennsylvania, 85.9 percent of passengers who were killed in alcohol-related accidents were in the vehicle operated by the drunk driver.**
The Lancaster County car accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell have been protecting the rights of victims’ of drunk driving accidents throughout Pennsylvania since 1994. They are dedicated to informing the public of serious safety problems on Pennsylvania roads.