A worrying one in 10 high school students in Louisiana routinely drive after consuming alcohol according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from a car insurance quote website analyzed data from the CDC’s High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System to find out how prevalent teen drunk driving is in America, and they then ranked the 15 states where high school students are most likely to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Only Arkansas was ranked below Louisiana.

Americans under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume alcohol, but more than one in four teens in Louisiana regularly ignores the provisions of the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act. The CDC data reveals that 28.2% of teens in the Pelican State ride in a car driven by a drunk driver one or more times each month, and more than a third of them admit to drinking alcohol. The 10% of Louisiana teens who admit to drinking and driving on a regular basis is almost twice the national average of 5.5%.

This is one of the reasons why the number of drunk driving deaths in Louisiana per 100,000 people is 4.7. This figure is almost 40% higher than the national average of 3.4 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people. In 2017, 10,874 of the 37,133 people killed on the nation’s roads died in a car accident involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.

Experienced personal injury attorneys could file a lawsuit against an auto insurance company when their client has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent teen driver, but they may also take legal action against the child’s parents in certain circumstances. Parents may be held legally responsible in these situations if they gave their child alcohol or knowingly allowed them to get behind the wheel while impaired.