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Graduation season can lead to rise in DUI crashes

It's not hard to understand why teens are excited to graduate. Getting through high school is a huge accomplishment, they're entering an exciting new phase in their lives and they want to party and relax.

However, experts warn that graduation season, and the partying that goes along with it, can cause a rise in DUI accidents. About 33 percent of all accidents are related to alcohol. At the same time, car accidents in general are the top cause of death for young people between the ages of 16 and 19.

Parents are urged to remember that it's not just what their teens do that matters. Even a teen that goes out, has fun and stays completely sober can be in danger. Other people are going to make irresponsible decisions and cause accidents. All it takes is one drunk driver for at least two cars full of teens to be in an accident, something that is especially deadly if many teens are carpooling and riding around together to get from one party to the next.

Those who drink massively increase the odds of dying in a single-vehicle crash, as well. If a teen has a blood alcohol concentration of just 0.08 percent -- the legal limit -- it's 32 times as likely that he or she will be killed this way. Again, if that driver has a car full of passengers, the injury and death toll can rise.

Have you lost a son or daughter in a tragic accident on what was meant to be the most exciting day of his or her life? If so, you may be able to get compensation in Georgia.

Source: Drive Smart Georgia, "Teen driver safety: Graduation season can be deadly," Jackie Kass, accessed May 26, 2016

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