Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Whether you’re getting ready to head off to college or taking your first steps into the “adult world,” you should be very proud of yourself and your accomplishments. School isn’t always easy or fun, but you did it—and now it’s time to party!

But as you celebrate this important step in your life, be careful. One wrong or irresponsible choice can change your path forever.

For high school graduates, the season around graduation can be particularly dangerous. In fact, nearly 1/3rd of all fatal car accidents involving teenagers occur between April and July. These statistics became a tragic reality for students at Lakewood High School during last year’s graduation season, when three seniors were involved in a car accident just weeks before graduation. The students were leaving school together when the driver lost control and collided with a tree, killing one of the students and seriously injuring the other two.

In the crash near Lakewood High School, it’s unlikely that alcohol played a role. But in many other instances of summertime car accidents, alcohol is a dangerous factor. End-of-semester activities, like senior trips, graduation parties, or “skip days” often expose young people to alcohol and other dangerous substances, and increase the risk of students getting in the car with intoxicated friends and classmates.

Responsible Tips for Recent Grads

If you’re a class of 2019 grad who has finally received that coveted diploma, you might be feeling very grown-up and mature. But while you are taking a big step in life, remember that drinking is still illegal until you’re 21! If you find yourself at a party or event where peers are drinking, keep these tips in mind:

  • Always remember that you can say NO to anything you’re comfortable with
  • Never accept a drink from anyone, even if it’s just water or soda, and keep an eye on your drink at all times
  • Stay with a friend during the event—you’re never too old for the buddy system
  • Don’t be afraid to call 911 if someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning or an overdose
  • Never get in the car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs
  • Remember that you’re not invincible!

These tips aren’t just for teens, either! If you’re an adult celebrating your successful graduation in higher education, remember to enjoy responsibly. At any age or stage of life, irresponsible decisions can have lasting consequences. No one wants to have their first step in a new direction suddenly shattered or set back by a bad choice.

You’ve worked so hard to get where you are in life—make smart decisions during graduation so that your future is as bright as it should be!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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