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Nearly three years ago, two Paris teens were killed and two others injured after the driver (one of those hurt) had been drunk and texting behind the wheel when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a cluster of trees.

Now, that driver has been convicted of two counts of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Now 21 and the mother of a 1-year-old, she faced 30 years of incarceration on the manslaughter charges.

At trial, witnesses testified the driver was drunk when she arrived at the party. She continued to drink. She laughed off a crash that happened just a few hours earlier, when she was turning her car in circles in the driveway and slammed into a tree stump. She was drinking up until a half hour before the fatal crash. She refused to let anyone else drive the vehicle.

Much attention is given to teen drunk driving – and that attention is well-deserved.

What receives less attention is teens driving under the influence of drugs. Road and Travel Magazine reports that, for teens, driving under the influence of drugs is just as common as driving under the influence of alcohol. A recent survey by National Drug Control Policy found that of the more than 750,000 high school students who admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs, 1 in 7 reported “in the car” as the place they were most likely to use.

Bangor car accident attorneys know we needn’t look too far for evidence of this locally.

A 16-year-old girl behind the wheel during an October crash in Bucksport has been charged in the death of her 15-year-old friend, a passenger in the vehicle when it veered off the road and into a tree.

Allegations in this case are that the teen violated  Maine’s graduated driver’s licensing laws, designed to help protect motorists and teens from the common risks of young drivers. Our car accident attorneys in Bangor know it’s a critical safety message heading into graduation and the start of the summer travel season.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s also National Alcohol Awareness Month. Tragedies like this are a stark reminder that risky driving behaviors result in real tragedies. GDL laws are in effect for a reason, and parents must do everything they can to ensure teen drivers are following the rules.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently sided with the parents of a 16-year-old killed in a 2009 car accident, allowing them to move forward in their quest for underinsured motorist benefits.

The core issue was the content of a verbal agreement that took place when the teen initiated the purchase of a $900 truck from a private owner, less than two weeks before he was involved in a fatal crash in that truck. His parents subsequently sought underinsured motorist coverage from three separate insurance companies.

Bangor car accident attorneys know that the issue of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in Maine is one that has vexed many car accident victims. The whole point of these statutes is to ensure that the victim can recover as he would have had the at-fault party been insured to the same extent as the injured party.