There are many ways in which we want high school girls and high school boys to be equal. For example, girls should receive the same encouragement and quality of instruction in math and science, and girls should have the same scholarship opportunities as their male classmates. In most cases, we view girls “catching up” to boys as a positive thing, but that is not always true.

A recent study found that girls under the age of 21 have caught up to boys in the number of fatal drunk driving accidents they cause. Thus, it is important for all teens and their parents to understand the risks and to know when to call an Alpharetta car crash lawyer if they have been injured or their child has been killed in an Alpharetta drunk driving accident.

The Underage Drunk Driving Accident Gender Gap Closes

The study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that in 1996 underage boys were more likely than underage girls to cause fatal drunk driving accidents in Georgia and across the country. At that time, boys caused more fatal drunk driving crashes at every blood alcohol level. Thus, in 1996 a boy with a blood alcohol level of 0.04% was more likely than a girl with a blood alcohol level of 0.04% to cause a fatal crash.

The study found that in just over a decade that gap had closed. In 2007, boys and girls were found to have the same risk of being in a fatal car crash at each blood alcohol level. It is unclear why the gap closed, and why it closed so quickly. Researchers theorize that girls may be more distracted by cell phones and other electronics, which were not as much of an issue in 1996. Thus, it is possible that while boys are taking risks while driving that girls are distracted while driving. The result is, unfortunately, the same. Drunk driving is dangerous for drivers of both genders, their friends, and those with whom they share the road.

Call an Alpharetta Car Crash Lawyer Today for Help
If you have been hurt, or your child has been killed, in an Alpharetta drunk driving accident, then it is important to contact an Alpharetta car accident attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and possible recovery. You can reach our experienced Alpharetta injury lawyers today by calling 1.770.518.1133 or by filling out our online contact form.

We also invite you to learn more about what to do, and what not to do, after an Alpharetta accident by reading our FREE book: If You’ve Been in a Wreck DON’T Do These Four Things.