If you have teenagers who like to hold parties in your home, you need to make sure that alcohol is not present.
Many states, including New Jersey, have social host and premises liability laws that hold adults responsible for any underage drinking that happens on their property. There is no excuse to allow a minor to drink on your property—failing to monitor or allowing this situation to occur could result in you being held liable if an accident takes place.
Recently, National Public Radio had an interesting story about underage drinking. The news outlet reported that on average, some teenagers receive three to four text messages a week about weekend parties.
NPR talked with researchers from the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California, which interviewed 1,100 teenagers living in Northern California about underage drinking. According to the agency, 39 percent of those interviewed admitted that they held parties where minors were drinking.
Among the teens holding the parties, 70 percent said their parents knew that kids at the party were drinking. Additionally, 24 percent of the teenagers said that their parents “probably” knew they were drinking.
When the agency interviewed parents who allowed their teenagers to drink, they came up with a number of excuses for this behavior, including “concern about alienating their children to worries that imposing strict rules might encourage more dangerous rebellion.”
Additionally, one parent said, “I’d rather they make their mistakes when they’re at home than when they’re away.”
Can I File a Lawsuit If a Drunk Driver Injures My Loved One?
In 2009, 25 percent of all fatal car accidents in New Jersey involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Do not allow your teenager, or his or her friends to drink on your property. All it takes is one person to leave a party and cause an accident for your life to be upended.
If your loved one has experienced serious personal injuries or has been killed in a drunk driving accident, contact our law firm today. We can investigate his or her case and determine if a driver’s carelessness played a role in the crash.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: A social host is defined as someone invites another person into their home and provides alcoholic beverages to the guest.