Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on the road. Although there are many different causes of motorcycle accidents, the NHTSA reports that about 45 percent of motorcycle accidents involve a motorcyclist who had been drinking. This is why it is not only imperative to drive sober (or get pulled over) but also to be aware of other drivers who are driving under the influence .
The legal limit for driving under the influence across the nation is 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration or BAC. However, this is just a standard association of observed effects on the average person who has consumed alcohol. Therefore, just because someone’s BAC is below the legal limit, does not meant that they are not too impaired to drive. Many individuals who drink and drive, feel the effects of alcohol way before they have reached the legal limit. It’s vital to understand that although there is such a limit, that doesn’t mean drivers and motorcyclists should pursue driving after they have drank a small amount. It’s better to wait or call a taxi to get home instead of risking lives.
Motorcyclists and DUIs
It’s pretty standard to know that drinking is a part of the motorcycle culture. Gangs of bikers usually wind up drinking in their favorite establishments, often drinking way more than the legal limit. In doing so, the motorcyclist creates a dangerous environment because of the inadequate amount of people who could take over to drive. Generally, a motorcycle has enough room for two people. Signaling a designated driver would require someone who has the experience and skill to handle a motorcycle. Furthermore, traveling with an intoxicated person can create another dangerous scenario attributed to loss of balance, insufficient restraints and distracting the driver.
Additionally, just like other drivers on the road of various methods, many motorcyclists believe that they have enough skill and experience to drive after a few drinks and that alcohol does not impair their abilities. However, the numbers and statistics show that is often not the case.
DUIs of Other Drivers
Drunk drivers in other motor vehicles are also very dangerous and deadly to motorcyclists who are often overlooked. With very little protection and the small stature of the motorcycle itself, riding a motorcycle is already a risky way to travel, especially at night. Adding in alcohol, drivers who are impaired will be even less likely to notice a motorcyclist or make unsafe maneuvers that can cause serious collision with bikers .
- In Florida in 2011, impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of 0.08+ accounted for 26 percent of motorcycle fatalities, while impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of 0.01+ accounted for 32 percent of motorcycle fatalities
- Nationally, in fatal crashes in 2011, a higher percentage of motorcycle riders had BAC of 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver. The percentages for vehicle riders involved in fatal crashes were 29 percent for motorcycles, 24 percent for passenger cars, 21 percent for light trucks, and 1 percent for large trucks.
- In 2011, the percentage with BAC 0.08 g/dL or above was highest for fatally injured motorcycle riders among the 40-44 (38%) age group, followed by the 45-49 and 35-39 age groups at 37 percent, respectively .
Some of the injuries that motorcyclists can be extremely serious and even fatal as all of these figures point out. Some of these accidents include: spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, crushed limbs, internal bleeding and organ damages, road rash and other burns, head trauma and neck/back injuries. As such, suffering from any one of these injuries can be extremely debilitating and life altering. Many of the after effects of severe injuries include paralysis, amputations or other permanent disabilities. Moreover, many of these accidents can cause a motorcyclist to be thrown from their seat and into the pathway of other cars, objects or slamming into the pavement. Due to the extensive amount of injuries and differentiating types of accidents, it’s significant to attain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can get the compensation a victim deserves.
Dolman Law Group
If you have ever been involved in an accident with a driver who is under the influence, you have the right to full compensation for their utter disrespect and negligence. Getting behind the wheel or riding a motorcycle after drinking is an extremely selfish and ignorant thing to do to other motorists or individuals. At Dolman Law Group, we’ve seen far too many injured victims who have severe injuries because of a drunk driver. Fortunately, we are committed attorneys who want to help victims receive the just compensation for the careless actions of impaired individuals. Claims that involve DUIs have unique and sometimes complex issues that can be tied up in laws and statutes, so please call our office to help you figure out your next move. In doing so, the consultation is free and the advice will ensure that you make the best move. Call us at (727) 853-6275.
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