Prom night is an exciting time of year for high school seniors and parents alike. Prom night represents the kick off of graduation festivities and events and signifies the successful completion of a teenager’s final year of school. Although this night is often a fun and memorable time for the vast majority of teenagers, it is also a night that ends in tragedy for many families. Unfortunately, the night that ends in tragedy is not just one bad dream; instead, the tragic aftermath continues in the months or years following the accident. If you or a loved one has a teenager that will be attending their school’s senior prom in the upcoming months, Colombo Law asks that you take the time to remind your child about driving safety and the dangers that often accompany many teenagers on prom night. Speak with your child about the importance of the following:
- Do not drink and drive and do not ride in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control reported that 17% of teenagers acknowledge that they drove in a vehicle with someone who had been drinking and driving. While drinking and driving impacts individuals at every age, teenagers who drink and drive are much more likely to be involved in an accident given the lack of experience driving.
- Eliminate Driving Distractions: Many teenagers travel in groups to prom. This creates many distractions to the individual who drives the motor vehicle. Be sure to warn your child about excessive noise, such as music and communication. Also, remind your child that photographs and video recordings can wait until the teenagers reach their destination.
- Remain Alert: Driving at night time is more difficult than daytime driving as fatigue sets in combined with the darkness which impairs an individual’s ability to see. Many accidents involving teenagers occur between 3:00 p.m. and midnight.
In reality, teenagers have momentary lapses in judgment despite the countless discussions regarding safety behind the wheel. To ensure that your child does not act negligently behind the wheel, require your child to take transportation provided by the school. Otherwise, explore alternative transportation options such as reserving a limousine service that can transport your child to and from the facility where prom will occur.
Colombo Law: Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
The attorneys at Colombo Law are experienced personal injury litigators who seek to right the wrongs of those who act negligently, causing personal injuries to another individual. Our attorneys meet on a daily basis with those who have suffered from an injury or another type of tragic accident. We know the impact an injury can have on families. Colombo Law wants to see that your child has a exciting and memorable prom night that is safe for everyone involved.
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