For most high school graduates, the month of May is arguably the most important time of their lives. It means that one chapter of their lives is about to close, and college beckons. The same could be same for college graduates as they prepare for the first step in their professional lives. As personal injury attorneys, we can appreciate the feeling accomplishing something truly special. With that, we support the idea of celebrating, but we are also mindful of the dangers that confront young drivers at this time of year.  

After all, auto accidents are the leading killer of young drivers, and fatal accidents tend to increase in the months between April and August. Because of this, parents must have honest and frank conversations about the dangers that can befall a young driver when they use alcohol or other mood altering drugs before getting behind the wheel.

This post will highlight some of the topics should be discussed.

Do not drive while “buzzed” – Like the public service announcements say, buzzed driving is simply drunk driving under a different name. Just because you are not stumbling over and incoherent, you can still be a danger to other drivers. So if you insist on having alcohol at your grad party, call an Uber.  

Whoever is texting you can wait for a response– A car can travel more than football fields at highway speeds in the time it takes to look down at a phone and decipher a text message. With that, consider the hazards that can be missed when you answer a text message while driving.

Keep your seatbelt on – Your seatbelt can prevent you from being ejected in the event of a crash.

If you have questions about your rights and options after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.