Underage Drinking and Car Accidents in Florida

Underage drinking is not only illegal but also poses significant risks to the safety of young drivers. Each year, underage drinking leads to devastating car accidents that cut short young lives and lead to permanent injuries.


Flaxman Law Group is a family-founded law firm with deep stakes in the South Florida community. Our offices in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami have worked with many young drivers and their families after serious car crashes. If you or child have been injured in a traffic crash, you can contact our law firm for a free, no obligation consultation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer.

The Risks of Underage Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is always dangerous, but it can be even more so for young drivers under the age of 21. Such drivers are not only not legally allowed to drink, but they have less experience with both drinking and operating a vehicle. This can be a deadly combination.

Alcohol also impairs cognitive functions and coordination, making it challenging for young drivers to make quick decisions and react appropriately to road conditions. Further, drinking slows down reaction time, increasing the likelihood of accidents due to delayed responses to unexpected events.

Young drivers who cause a car accident when drinking and driving may face license suspension, fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and even criminal charges. A DUI conviction can also have long-lasting effects on a young person’s future, including educational and career opportunities.

Steps to Take After Being Involved in What May Be an Underage Drinking-Related Accident

If you’re in a car crash with a young driver who may be under the influence, move the cars to a safe location. Then, you will want to:

  • Report the accident to the police and get a copy of the official accident report. Police can administer a breathalyzer test at the scene, which can be important in proving that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
  • Get the driver’s license numbers, insurance details, and contact information for any drivers involved.
  • Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including surrounding areas.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as you can to determine if you’ve been injured.

Contact a Florida car accident claims attorney if you’ve been injured to find out what steps you may be able to take to maximize your financial recovery. An attorney can also investigate the cause of the accident to help you build a strong case and find all liable parties.

Underage drinking and driving is a dangerous combination that can have life-altering consequences for young individuals and for drivers on the road who are obeying traffic rules. If you’re injured by a drunk driver, regardless of their age, you may want to find out what options you may have for seeking compensation. You shouldn’t have to be stuck with medical bills and car repair costs due to no fault of your own.

Flaxman Law Group has offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood and we make it easy for you to get legal consultations, no matter where you are in Southern Florida. Just call us at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer.

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