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Underage Drunk Driving

Underage drinking is a major concern in the United States. Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s also a major safety concern. In the United States, one out of three fatal car accidents is caused by a drunk driver between the age of 16-20. 

Underage drunk driving has become an increasingly serious safety concern because it ultimately results in a drunk underage person taking the wheel.

Why Are Teens at Risk of Drunk Driving?

Underage drinkers are at an increased risk of drunk driving. Teen drinkers consume alcohol on a less frequent basis than adults but are more inclined to binge drink.  Twelve to twenty-year-olds are responsible for more than 10% of alcohol consumption in the United States.Teen driving stats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50% of high school students drive under the influence of alcohol. These drivers are more likely to cause a fatal car crash. Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) show that fatal crashes from people aged 16-20 are on the rise. 

There are currently more than 4,300 deaths caused by underage drinking annually.[1] Since 2015, fatal crashes by this demographic have increased by nearly 4%. Nearly one-third of these fatal crashes involve alcohol.[2]

How Can Parents Help Fight Teen Drunk Driving?

Underage drunk driving continues to be a problem, but safer behavior can be modeled by parents. Not having booze in the house or locking it up can be a solution to underage drinking. [3] 

Children need to be informed through regular conversations regarding the dangers of alcohol. Regular conversations about the dangers and consequences for teens may be enough to prevent drinking. 

Stay in touch with your child and their friends’ parents. Adults can be held responsible for an intoxicated minor if they’re caught drinking. Driving drunk is never safe or acceptable. Rideshare services are available all hours of the day to make sure no one ever has to drive drunk. 

Get the Advice You Need from a DUI Attorney

Here at Karnas Law Firm, we want our clients to make the wise decision to always travel sober. If you’re in a collision with a drunk driver, call us anytime. If you’ve suffered from a car accident, you don’t need to go through the aftermath of that accident alone. Reach out to our proven and trusted car accident attorneys today. 

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm have more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation. 

We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at to set up an appointment 

Our attorneys are known as some of the top lawyers in the business and have received accolades such as Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We are also Lead Counsel rated. 

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon. 

[1] Underage Drinking Statistics: United States.”,

[2] Rivera, Jose. “Underage Drinking Accident Statistics.” LegalMatch Law Library, 25 June 2018,

[3] Sobering Up AdministratorSobering Up: A blog about drunk driving, et al. “The Sobering Statistics of Underage Drunk Driving.” Sobering Up, 12 Nov. 2018,

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