When we think about people getting a DUI or causing an accident because they were drinking, we usually think about adults of legal drinking age. Sadly, there has been an alarming increase in underage teenagers causing and suffering from alcohol-related accidents. Last year, twenty Virginia teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in alcohol-related accidents. There were also 522 Virginia teenagers injured from auto accidents involving drinking. It’s become a huge concern with parents and other adults. Teenagers are not mature enough to realize the decisions they make to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking can ruin their lives and the lives of the people around them.
Teenagers are curious, and their curiosity when it comes to alcohol can get them into big trouble. Virginia has a zero tolerance policy, meaning that a teen cannot have any alcohol in his system. While this may scare some teens into waiting until they’re of legal age to try alcohol, many of them still get their hands on it—whether at a friend’s house or with a fake ID. Unfortunately, these moments of fun with their friends can lead to devastating consequences.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Virginia auto accident, we are here to help. Contact Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas for more information about your rights to compensation after a serious accident.