As a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney, I try to stay in the know on new studies and reports that come out from auto insurance companies and safety institutions. Unfortunately in a recent study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company there seems to be an increase in the number of teenage drunk drivers, especially on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is already the deadliest driving day of the year in both the terms of fatalities and in terms of drunk driving car accidents. I wish I was able to report that the current school programs have worked well in reducing the amount of teenage drunk driving cases, but this recent study by Liberty Mutual shows that is not the case.
There was one redeeming and promising fact that the study showed, which was that most of the teenagers that were surveyed did indicate that they would allow someone else to drive if that option was presented to them. The study also concluded that teenagers that had parents who spoke to them about the perils of driving drunk were much less likely to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
As a personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach I often have to help clients that have lost a loved to a drunk driver. While I enjoy helping people that have been hurt through no fault of their own, it is absolutely devastating watching the heartache that a family goes through when they lose a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver. I hope to never have to deal with this issue in the future, but being a realist I know that is not going to happen. The best that we can hope for is that the school system and parents work on the education of our children when it comes to driving while drunk.