While younger children are out trick-or-treating on Halloween, older teenagers are often celebrating at parties hosted by other teens or their parents. However, parents hosting Halloween parties for teenage children need to be aware that if they provide alcohol to their guests they may be liable for the consequences of those guests’ actions after they leave.
In an effort to cut down on alcohol-related teen fatalities, last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approved a new law AB 2486 entitled the “Teen Alcohol Safety Act” that seeks to punish parents who serve alcohol to teenagers. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers and roughly a third of those accidents are alcohol related incidents.
“There is often more than one person who is liable in an auto accident,” said Emery Ledger, a car accident lawyer at Ledger & Associates. “That’s why it’s important to discuss your accident with a car accident lawyer who specializes in the field to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.”
In the past, victims of traffic accidents caused by drunk teenage drivers could not file a lawsuit against the parents of the defendant who hit them, but the new law changes that allowing victims to pursue a lawsuit against adults who provide alcohol to a teen.
Additionally, another law provides that adults may also be fined up to $1,000 for purchasing alcohol for and may be ordered to complete community service.
Ledger & Associates, headquartered in Newport Beach, handles hundreds of alcohol-related car accidents every year. If you are injured by a teenage driver who was drinking alcohol there may others liable jointly for your injuries. It’s important that the accident be reported immediately to police and then call a car accident lawyer so an investigation can be conducted on the accident.