When most people think about the hazards associated with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, they 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 of drunk driving involves a vehicle with four wheels. However, riding while under the influence is much more prevalent than you might think, and it is a problem that is often completely overlooked 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 want to take a moment to highlight alcohols deleterious affect on motorcyclists 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 a significant affect on 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. 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 seriously injured in alcohol-related accidents, relegating them to hospital beds, or forcing them to rely on their families to take care of them. (Ride Apart; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our attorneys have experience handling lawsuits involving motorcycle accident injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. We know that these injuries are bad enough as is, but many of them are lessened by the ability of the rider to react and protect themselves in the last few seconds before an accident occurs. 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.
At Levin & Perconti, we have over 20 years of experience helping our clients injured as a result of negligence get the compensation they deserve. When 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.