College Students Ignore the Dangers of Drunk Driving and Regularly Get Behind the Wheel After Binge-Drinking, Study Says

April 23, 2012,

According to a recent campus survey conducted at Orange Coast College, even though college students know that drunk driving can lead to fatal consequences, there are still an alarming number of students that continue to binge drink before getting behind the wheel of a car. The findings were released by the "Do It for Cara Lee: Be the Designated Driver" program.

Lee, a former OCC student, was fatally injured in an Orange County car crash on February 14, 2010. The accident occurred when the vehicle she was in was struck by another car operated by Gustavo Adrian Vega, another student at Orange Coast College. At the time, he was driving under the influence. Last year, Vega was sentenced to over 20 years behind bars.

According to the OCC survey, which polled 434 students (65% of them are of legal drinking age) 15% of participants admitted to binge drinking 3 to 5 times in the past month, while 3% of the males and 6% of the females admitted to binging on alcohol at least 10 times. The study also found that most students do not ride with a designated driver. Many of the students surveyed did not even understand the meaning of the term.

As Orange County personal injury attorneys, we are well aware of the dangers and consequences of drunk driving, and we have tried to educate our clients and our community with news stories and statistics like the following from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who have found that, "California ranks 21st in DUI deaths nationally with 29 percent of the our fatal road deaths attributed to DUI". Unfortunately, stories and studies like this one remain at the forefront of the Orange County news cycle.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, please contact the Law Offices of Cohn & Swartzon. Victims of drunk driving accidents often sustain catastrophic injuries that can prove to be extremely costly in terms of medical bills, loss of current and future wages, and emotional trauma. The individual whose reckless actions caused your injuries do not just have a responsibility to the city, they have a responsibility to you, the victim. As your personal injury attorneys, we will fight on your behalf to make sure they own up to that responsibility and provide you with just compensation for your losses.

Moreover, we will deal, on your behalf, with the insurance companies of the parties involved to ensure that the settlement you receive is sufficient compensation for your expenses. In accidents like this, insurance companies will often try to take advantage of the fact that the settlement details are difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to understand. Thus, they will make a "low-ball" initial settlement offer and the victim or his/her family will accept without realizing that they deserve, and will end up needing, more than that. This is where the experience of an Orange County personal injury attorney can be of great beneficence. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

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