In New Jersey, April not only signifies the official start baseball season, it also notes the beginning of prom season. High school students from across the state look forward to their party and make memories that will last forever.
While kids look forward to prom night, parents and law enforcement agencies alike know that risky behavior during these evenings could lead to tragic accidents. In fact, the months between prom night and graduations is when more accidents are likely to occur.
There are a number of theories behind this, but the one constant among them is alcohol. When drinking is involved, (even though kids know that it’s against the law) the likelihood of an accident increases dramatically. Because of this, the following safety tips should be incorporated.
Get a ride to the prom – The easiest way to avoid drunk driving or distracted driving accidents is not to be behind the wheel while impaired or distracted. Going to the prom in a limousine or being chauffeured to the event is inherently safer.
Stay off the phone – Prom night is not the night to take selfies while driving. Save the picture taking for when you are at the event.
Don’t drive impaired – Not drinking and driving should be obvious. But it is surprising how many young drivers will drive while under the influence of marijuana or other mood altering substances (i.e. glue, synthetic marijuana, etc).
Obey the speed limit –Remember that excessive speed plays a part in a significant number of accidents involving teens. With that said, what’s the rush to get to the prom?
If you have questions about your rights and options after a car accident on prom night, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.