In a recent teen car accident in Charlotte, a father was killed after being hit by a 20-year-old driver who is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened.
According to WCNC, the accident happened at about 1:00 a.m. on Reedy Creed Road as the man, his wife and his teenage daughter left their house to venture to Miami for a Father’s Day trip.
Officers have charged the 20-year-old driver with felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.
Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand the risks that are associated with drunk driving. Many drivers, especially the younger ones, feel that their invincible on our roadways. According to the most recent release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30 percent of the drivers between the ages of 15- and 20-years-old who were killed in car accidents in 2010 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of collision. About 20 percent of these drivers were legally drunk.
Teens are out of school and they’re spending a lot of time on our roadways. Unfortunately, many of them will get their hands on alcohol, many will drink it and an alarming amount will get behind the wheel afterward. Parents are asked to talk with their young driver about the risks that are associated with drinking and driving before it’s too late.
In 2010, there were more than 10,000 people who were killed in alcohol-related car accidents. These types of accidents accounted for about a third of all fatal accidents during that year.
Unfortunately, many innocent motorists are injured and killed in drunk driving accidents, like the Charlotte man headed to Miami. In 2010, more than 15 percent of the kids who were killed during the year were killed in alcohol-related car accidents.
In the state of North Carolina, there were more than 450 people killed in alcohol-related car accident in 2010. Many of these fatalities were of our young, inexperienced and underage drivers. The truth of the matter is that these accidents can be prevented. There is never a time when a driver is forced to hop behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. There are alternatives. For those of you who are of age, you are asked to go out with a plan. Always have a designated driver that pledges not to drink anything. If you find yourself without a sober driver, you always have the option to call a taxi, take the bus, call a friend or stay somewhere safe. Never should getting behind the wheel be you decision. We can help to save tens of thousands of lives each year by practicing safe and responsible habits behind the wheel.
The car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those who have been injured or killed in a car accident in Charlotte, Asheville, Hickory or in any of the surrounding areas, call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free and confidential appointment with an experienced accident attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Car Accidents in Spartanburg and Elsewhere Expected to Rise, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 13, 2012
Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere a Summer Risk, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 11, 2012