As the weather heats up and the school season is over, we see a significant increase in young adult car accident rates. More kids are driving and going out to celebrate—prom, graduation, end of classes, warm weather–all too often with parties that involve alcohol.
If you are a parent to a teenager, it is important to communicate and teach them to make wise and safe decisions. Discuss the rules and consequences of drinking. Listen to them, check in with what is going on with them and their friends on social media like Twitter and Facebook, and let them know they can come to you with a problem. Emphasize that they should never get in a car with a driver who has been drinking, that they should call you at any time if they need a ride.
Most importantly, let your child you do not approve of underage drinking and never host a party for your child and their friends that involves alcohol.
It’s hard enough to learn your child was injured in an accident, but it can be even more difficult when you discover it was caused by teen drinking. You may be angry, disappointed as well as upset and worried. We understand all these emotions you may be feeling, but it is important for you to know that you have rights. When homeowners allow minors to drink in their house, they can be held responsible for any injuries and accidents that are caused as a result. This includes drunk driving accidents, but also assaults, alcohol poisoning and serious slip and falls.
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We can help. We have helped many others throughout Long Island in a similar situation. Contact our offices at 516-874-0466 for a free consultation and we can go over any questions you have as well as help you understand your legal options.