There are two things that every teen driver looks forward to between April and May: spring break, where they can get away from school for what seems like a month (even though it’s only a week); and prom night, the one night during the spring where they can dress up and strut their stuff. For generations, prom night is the one night during a teen’s high school experience were lifelong memories can be made. For many teens it is the first time that they have worn a ball gown or a tuxedo.
With as much fun that prom night can be, we certainly do not want it to be a teen’s last night. There are a number of car accidents that occur during prom season. In fact, the period between April and June is ripe for crashes to occur. To guard against prom night accidents, teens should incorporate the following tips.
Wear your seatbelt – Not only is seatbelt use the law of the land in Delaware, it can save your life by keeping you from being ejected from the vehicle in a crash. Even if you are going on a short trip, seatbelts should be used every time you get in the car.
Don’t drive buzzed or drunk – The public service announcements are right; buzzed driving is drunk driving. Alcohol compromises your judgment and motor skills; two things that are needed to safety operate a motor vehicle.
Keep in mind that it can happen to you – Teens may feel like they will never be in an accident because they are “good drivers” or “very careful” in what they do. However, tragedy can strike anyone, even those who believe they are being careful.
If you have questions about your legal rights and options after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.