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Alcohol, Speed, and Darkness — A Deadly Combo for Teen Drivers

By Burg Simpson
April 17, 2017
2 min read

Winter brings more than just snow and ice—it brings the darkest days of the year. Even as winter moves into early spring, less daylight can mean more accidents for Colorado drivers. When combined with alcohol and speed, the trifecta of car accident conditions makes winter the most dangerous time on our roads.

According to statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens ages 16-19. More than 2,000 teens die in car accidents every year, and hundreds of thousands are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries. In addition to distracted driving, teen-related accidents typically include:

  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe speed in inclement weather conditions
  • Unsafe navigation of road hazards, sharp turns, and obstacles
  • The inappropriate judgment of distance from other cars
  • Driving in the dark or while fatigued


Studies show that poor judgment of speed and distance, along with a lack of scanning ability, lead to 75 percent of teen accidents. Both of these are skills do not fully develop until later in adulthood. Most teens lack the ability to anticipate the behavior of other cars or accurately predict how their own actions will affect the car they are driving. Combined with the tendency to be distracted, this creates a danger to the teen driver even before adding the dangerous conditions of alcohol, darkness, and inclement weather.

Parents can help educate teen drivers by stressing the seriousness of driving safely, especially when weather and lighting conditions are not ideal. While many teens feel indestructible, they might not be quite so keen on going to jail, getting hurt, or injuring or killing others. Parents of new drivers should set a good example by driving at safe speeds, not following too closely, never using a cell phone, and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit, and entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. To learn more about your rights, call our Colorado personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. at 303-792-5595, or contact us online to for a FREE Case Evaluation.

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