When you think about terms like drunk driving or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, you probably picture a person in an SUV or a car. You might think of someone being involved in an accident, or of a driver pulling their car over to the shoulder of the road with sirens flashing in the distance. Whatever comes to your mind, odds are pretty good that your conception involves a vehicle with four wheels. However, motocycle riding while under the influence is much more prevalent than you might think, and it is a problem that is often discounted by the media. Today there are nearly 9 million motorcycles registered in our country, and that number is growing every year. With so many of the present drunk driving campaigns focusing on four wheel vehicles, our lawyers think it’s about time that we spotlight motorcycles as well.
Any motorcyclist will tell you that the best way to keep yourself safe when riding is to stay attentive and be ready to react to other drivers on the road. Alcohol can significantly hinder the reaction time of riders, and can have deleterious affects on their balance and perception as well. Motorcycles are already much more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, but adding alcohol is really playing with fire. Still, some pretty frightening statistics reveal that 42% of the motorcyclists killed in single vehicle accidents have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. What’s worse, thousands of other motorcyclists are relegated to hospital beds, or forced to rely on their family to take care of them after a serious injury. (Ride Apart; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our attorneys see traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and various other injuries when working with victims of motorcycle accidents. These injuries are bad enough as is, but many of them are lessened by the ability of the rider to react and protect themselves. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident after drinking, they often lack the ability to react quickly enough to lessen the impact. This equates to greater injuries and longer recovery times, not to mention significant fines and a potential loss of your license.
Our attorneys have a wealth of experience helping our clients get the compensation they deserve. If you choose to drive or ride drunk, you put yourself and everyone else on the road in serious danger. If you have had too much to drink, call a cab, or get a buddy to pick you up; whatever you do, just make sure you are putting safety first.