Teens are drinking alcohol at a much younger age now than they have in previous years, and that only amplifies what is already a very destructive issue.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
The arrival of summer vacation may be an exciting time for teen drivers each year, but data published by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows that the risk of being killed in a car accident nearly doubles for teens age 15-19 during the 100-day span between Memorial Day and Labor Day - known as the '100 Deadliest Days of Summer for Teen Drivers.'
The DOT also says that the Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day holiday weekends consistently account for some of the highest car accident and traffic fatality rates in the nation each and every year.
“There are a lot of contributing factors in play here, but the bottom line is that once the summer starts the roadways become even more dangerous for everyone,” says Chris Davis, personal injury attorney and founder of the Davis Law Group in Seattle.
According to BACTrack.com, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says that nearly six percent of all drivers 16-17 years old and 15 percent of all drivers 18-20 years old admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010. Data from the U.S. DOT shows that 3,115 teens age 13-19 died in motor vehicle accidents during the span of that same year.
Davis, who has represented countless teenage car accident victims in his career as a personal injury attorney, says that excessive free time and limited driving experience are some of the more significant contributing factors to the increased frequency of teen crash deaths.
But Davis, who also works extensively with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), says impaired driving is also a big part of the problem.
“Teens are drinking alcohol at a much younger age now than they have in previous years, and that only amplifies what is already a very destructive issue,” Davis said. “If we were able to deter underage drinking and keep teens from driving impaired, I think we would see a huge difference in terms of the number of fatalities.”
The laws and punishments for drinking and driving in Washington state are among the strictest in the country, and law enforcement officers in the state arrest more than 40,000 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol each year according to an article from MyNorthwest.com.
Yet drunk driving has remained a troubling issue for lawmakers and residents alike, and Governor Jay Inslee recently took to the state legislature to propose even more stringent laws aimed at deterring drivers from making the roadways even more dangerous.
Davis has written several informational guides on car accidents and personal injury law, including one designed specifically for victims of drunk driving accidents, called the Washington Accident Books. To order a free copy of one of the books, contact the Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 or visit http://www.WashingtonAccidentBooks.com.
About Chris Davis
Christopher M. Davis, founder of the Davis Law Group, has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and has successfully handled and resolved hundreds of accident claims. He has been a Washington ‘Super Lawyer' for seven years in a row for his expertise and success in litigating personal injury claims. You can learn more about the firm by visiting: http://www.DavisLawGroupSeattle.com.
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