We are currently in the midst of a very exciting time for many teens here in Tennessee. That's because Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and, perhaps more significantly, we are in the height of graduation season.
Of course, with the large number of graduation celebrations and the freedom of summer vacation comes the very real risk of underage drinking and, by extension, underage drinking accidents.
According to 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of teens who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol has declined by an encouraging 54 percent since 1991.
However, these statistics also show that as many as one in ten teens still drive under the influence of alcohol, and that teen drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 are 17 times more likely to lose their life in a car accident.
As devastating as figures like these are, consider also the toll that these underage drinking accidents can have on innocent drivers.
Indeed, those fortunate enough to survive a drunk driving accident frequently suffer life-changing personal injuries that not only leave them with unanswered questions about medical bills and emotional trauma, but also lost wages and the ability to return to work.
At the Terry Law Firm, we understand how utterly devastating underage drinking accidents can be to victims and their families, and we understand just how important it is to have experience on your side in these matters.
Our firm has nearly 50 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases, and understands what it takes to secure the justice and peace of mind that you and your family deserve.
To that end, we will not only work to hold the teen driver responsible for their actions behind the wheel, but also to determine whether any individual or establishment violated Tennessee's Dram Shop Act by selling them alcohol.
Rest assured, we will always conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine what happened and who must be held accountable.
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