Thousands of college students return to campus each fall eager to start the new school year. For many, this means reconnecting with friends at social events where alcohol will be available. College drinking often leads to drunk driving, presenting a significant safety risk for student drivers, their passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians.
Every year, nearly 2,000 college students are fatally injured in car crashes where alcohol was a factor. Large numbers of young adults ride in a car with an intoxicated driver each weekend. Generally, college students have much less driving experience than older drivers. This limited experience heightens the risks associated with drunk driving.
One major challenge for many schools in addressing the college drunk driving problem is that most DUIs involving students occur off campus property. When an intoxicated college student gets into a car accident after leaving campus, schools are often hesitant to get involved. Many college students are engaged in underage drinking on their college campuses, which can compound legal liability issues when a drunk driving accident occurs.
Safe driving advocates encourage all colleges to invest in a meaningful DUI prevention program specifically targeting young adult students. While many colleges offer prevention services for alcohol-related issues, these programs rarely focus on the risks of driving while intoxicated instead focusing on the role alcohol can play in sexual assaults or date rape. Education is also key in keeping the legal drinking age at 21. Researchers warn lowering the legal drinking age would worsen the college drunk driving problem.
As the number of tragic deaths related to college drunk driving continues to increase, schools have begun to work with the local communities on DUI prevention. Some of the most effective drunk driving safety initiatives for college students have included:
Recent research indicates state governments also can help by imposing more restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages and high volume consumption while continuing to crack down on underage drinking. Colleges in states with these types of restrictions report fewer drunk driving accidents and fatalities.
Individuals injured in drunk driving accidents can sustain serious injuries ranging from sprains and broken bones to traumatic head injuries, organ damage, and internal bleeding. Some car accidents victims develop chronic medical conditions or permanent disabilities requiring years of medical treatment. These costs can become a financial nightmare for families. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against those parties responsible for the accident, including drunk drivers, injured individuals can receive monetary compensation for their medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved has been injured in a car accident caused by drunk driving, the experienced South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are here to help. Our dedicated attorneys work tirelessly to help families obtain the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries sustained in drunk driving accidents. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly serve injured individuals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. To schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Cherry Hill car accident lawyer today, call us at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or submit an online inquiry form.