The Risks of Teenage Driving

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

As parents we all know the joy and pride of watching our children grow older and more independent. But some milestones, like taking to the road as a driver, also inspire fear and worry. Studies show that our concerns are justified. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-20. In 2012 more than 2,800 teenagers were killed in car accidents, accounting for roughly 10% of all passenger vehicle deaths.[1]

Everyone knows that teens are at a greater risk for car accidents. We can’t just skip our teenage years, but we can be aware of the specific behaviors that increase the risk of an accident:


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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney 

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States.[1] More than 18 million Americans suffer from some form of alcohol consumption disorder, and their affliction has a profound effect on millions of their family members and loved ones. More than one in four American children are directly exposed to adults who abuse alcohol. To combat these statistics the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established April as Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. By increasing awareness of and education about the dangers of alcohol abuse, this organization hopes to reduce binge drinking and other abusive behaviors.[2]


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RESPONSIBLE PARENTING: Providing Alcohol to High School Students Has Stiff Legal Penalties

Author: Attorney Tammy S. Ruble

As the mother of a high school senior, I know this time of year is filled with exciting events and activities for students.  Graduation is just weeks away and many parents will throw parties to celebrate this milestone.  Knowing the allure that alcohol holds for some teens, it may be tempting for parents to try to ensure their children's safety by providing alcohol at these parties, eliminating the need for some teens to drink in secrecy away from home. After all, if they're going to get together and drink, isn't it better for them to drink at home where parents can ensure no one drives or engages in some other dangerous activity while under the influence?

This approach…

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