DUI Allegations in Fatal Crash a Tragic Reminder of Risk for Teens

A teen from Columbia is now facing charges of felony DUI following a fatal traffic accident that killed his 16-year-old brother. According to WLTX and officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. in Columbia along Shallow Brooke Drive. The 18-year-old driver was heading west when he hit a vehicle that was reportedly illegally parked. He was thrown off the right side of the road and slammed into a number of trees.
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According to accident reports, all three of the vehicle occupants were wearing their seat belts when the accident happened. All three were taken to Palmetto Health. Unfortunately, the 16-year-old motorist was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Our Columbia car accident lawyers understand that it’s that time of the year when our teens face some serious risks for car accidents. It’s actually the most dangerous time of the year for them. With the summer, teens across the state are let out on break from school. During this time, they’re spending a lot of time behind the wheel. Unfortunately, their need for speed and their inexperience behind the wheel serves up deadly risks for accidents.

According to The Century Council, there were close to 315 people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in 2011 in South Carolina. Of those fatalities, more than 40 of these were of drivers who were drinking and were under the age of 21.

And don’t think it’s getting any better. According to reports, the number of teens consuming alcohol is on the rise. Where it was less than 14 percent in 2010, it’s now more than 22 percent in 2011.

Many of these young drivers are getting busted for it. In 2011, there were close to 110 drivers under the age of 18 who were arrested for driving under the influence.

Before letting your teen hit the road, make sure you discuss safe driving rules, regulations and laws with them. By doing so, you can help to save their life.

Talk with them about the following:

-Keep passengers to a minimum. Passengers serve as some of the most dangerous distractions for a driver.

-Never consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.

-Stay in touch with parents. Make sure they know where you are, where you’re headed, who you’re with and when they’ll be home.

-Make sure that a seat belt requirement is enacted within your home.

-Be sure to that your teen knows that they can call you whenever they have a problem or need help.

-Be sure they’re following their curfew. The later it is, the higher the risks are for an accident.

And don’t be afraid to hop in the car with them. Make sure you’re providing them with plenty of supervised driving time. This is the best way to see how their driver development is progressing and to help make the proper adjustments.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Young Drivers and Risks for Drowsy Driving Car Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, November 11, 2012

Reducing Risks of Car Accidents: Teens Targeted with Stickers, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 17, 2012

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