Each day, thousands of adolescents get behind the wheel in Kansas City. Unfortunately, many of these individuals wind up getting in some type of accident. While there are some accidents that are unavoidable, many could be prevented. The fact is, regardless of if it is a minor fender bender or a more serious accident, there are some common links with many of these accidents.
According to recent research, drugs and alcohol are a common factor in more than 50 percent of the accidents where an adolescent is killed because of a collision. This shocking statistic has renewed the conversation regarding whether or not the laws in place are strong enough to prevent these accidents.
More than One Substance to Blame
In many of the situations where an adolescent dies because of a collision, it is found that they have both alcohol and drugs in their system. In fact, research has shown that in victims over the age of 21, drivers had both alcohol and drugs in their system when the life-taking collision occurs.
When it comes to deaths in the age range of 18 to 25-year-olds, car accidents are the leading cause in the U.S. Based on this statistic, it is clear that a significant part of the problem lies with the use of drugs and alcohol while behind the wheel.
While the legal drinking age in Kansas City is 21, this doesn’t deter many adolescents under this age from engaging in this behavior. Due to their limited time driving, the substance further inhibits their ability to focus on the road, making them significantly more at risk to be involved in a serious car accident.
How to Prevent these Substance-Related Accidents
Unfortunately, there is no known, immediate solution for this crisis. Something that drivers can do is to be aware of the potential dangers while driving. Also, parents need to speak with their young drivers about the dangers of doing drugs or drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. If someone on the road sees a driver acting sporadically or driving badly, they should report them right away.
Keep in mind, alcohol and drug use while driving is not a problem that is limited to the young. There are many drivers over the age who also engage in this behavior. They are just as dangerous to other drivers, as well as themselves while behind the wheel.
If you are ever involved in an accident with someone on drugs or alcohol or lose a loved one because of a collision, contact a personal injury attorney right away. This legal professional can evaluate the facts of the case to determine if you are due any compensation.