Proms, graduations bring a high risk for teen car accidents in Massachusetts

Spring is an exciting time for teens and young drivers, with prom and graduation right around the corner. Young drivers are more at risk of a Masscachusetts car accident this time of year given the temptation to drink and drive while attending these kinds of events at the end of the school year.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers know that peer pressure can be a beast to contest at this age. But giving in to a dangerous situation puts your life at risk as well as other motorists who share the road.
We are reminded of the dangers of drinking and driving in a recent article by the Boston Herald which reported the story of a 21-year-old whose life will be changed forever. The alleged drunk driver had a car full of passengers when he lost control of his vehicle coming home from a house party recently. He was allegedly speeding when his vehicle crashed into concrete barriers on McGrath Highway.

One 16-year-old female passenger died at the scene. Another 17-year-old passenger is fighting for her life at Massachusetts General Hospital. The driver and three other passengers in the vehicle were all treated for injuries at MGH. Only three of the six passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The driver, with a long list of previous driving violations, is being charged with speeding, marked lane violation, operating under the influence, and motor vehicle homicide.

We posted a series of blogs last month about teen driver safety and the impact that distractions, alcohol, and speeding can have on their driving ability — parents can find these on our Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog.

Mile for mile, teens are involved in 3 times as many crashes in Boston than any other age group. In 2008, 68 motorists were killed in Massachusetts by a young driver involved in the crash.

Parents are urged to speak to your teen about driving safety during this important and exciting time in their life. Communicate the importance of the following safety issues to help ensure their safety:

-Always wear a seatbelt.

-Never drink and drive.

-Maintain the speed limit at all times. Spring weather can bring unsafe driving conditions so traveling under the speed limit may be necessary in certain situations.

-Don’t allow distractions to take eyes or mind away from the task of driving.

-Always call for help rather than risk an accident.

The Boston injury lawyers at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers LLC are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their families in Massachusetts. Contact our experienced team if you have been injured in a drunk driving or other car-related accident by calling (617) 777-7777 to set up a free consultation to discuss your rights.

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