Contrary to common belief, a recent study conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
, revealed that nearly 70% of alcohol-related deaths among American teenagers do not happen on the road.
The study is based on 2010 statistics from various government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Highway Safety Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As an organization that firmly advocates against underage drinking, the national attention this study has received may give MADD the momentum they need to lobby for stricter regulations against underage drinking.
Underage Alcohol & Teen Deaths
The study found that the majority of alcohol-related deaths among teens are caused by non-vehicle related factors including suicides, alcohol poisoning and homicides. Underage drinking is a contributing factor in nearly 4,700 deaths each year. Causes of alcohol-related teen deaths included:
Traffic fatalities: 32% of drinking related deaths among ages 15-20 occurred while on the road
Homicides: 30% of alcohol-related deaths were homicides
Suicides: 14% of these deaths are the result of suicide
Alcohol Poisoning: 9% of drinking related teen deaths are caused by alcohol poisoning
Aside from alcohol-related traffic incidents, teenage car accidents caused by texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving are on the rise among this population.
In addition to texting and driving, distracted driving includes a number of other activities like eating and driving, using a cell phone to browse the web while driving and operating navigation systems while on the road. Any activity that requires the driver to take their eyes off the road, even briefly, presents a serious risk to everyone around them.
Call Our Injury Law Team 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week!
From a legal standpoint, if you or a loved one has fallen victim to a drunk or distracted driver, a Sarasota car accident lawyer may be able to help. Our injury law team can review your case to determine if you may be eligible for monetary compensation to cover loss of income, medical expenses and other damages.
Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at (941)-677-2853
for a free case evaluation.