Those who ride motorcycles understand firsthand the freedom that comes with riding on the open road. Motorcycle riders also understand that enjoying these experiences comes with a great deal of responsibility as well. In order for drivers and riders to coexist peacefully on the road, both must exercise good judgment when behind the wheel. Sadly, thousands of drivers and riders still operate their vehicles while impaired each year, causing devastating roadway accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. In fact, a drunk driver causes one out of three fatal motorcycle accidents across the country.
Motorcyclists are accustomed to exercising extra caution behind the wheel. Operating a motorcycle requires the rider’s attention to always be focused on the road and surroundings, as anyone on a bike is without the physical protection a car or truck provides its passengers. When motorcyclists choose to get behind the wheel while impaired, they are making the same reckless choice as the drunk driver of a car or truck. The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 27% of fatal drunk driving-related motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclist had a BAC rate higher than .08% – and 35% had a BAC of at least .01%. While some riders may think that since motorcycles are not as large as cars or trucks that damages would be minimal, but that could not be farther from the truth. Regardless of size or design, an impaired driver can turn any vehicle into a deadly weapon. Motorcyclists driving under the influence are just as likely to lose control of their bikes as a driver of a car or truck, which can cause a direct collision with another vehicle and cause other vehicles to crash in attempting to avoid your rogue motorcycle.
It is not new information that drivers shouldn’t get behind the wheel of passenger vehicles when impaired. Ironically, even though the majority of – if not all – drivers are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, each year thousands lose their lives to drunk drivers. Because bikers are 28 times more likely to die in an auto collision than passengers of a motor vehicle, it is crucial that all drivers take the responsibility of operating their vehicles seriously.
A Deadly Combination
The reason drunk driving of any kind of vehicle is so dangerous is the debilitating effects it has on a person’s ability to focus, stay alert, and react appropriately when needed. A sober driver should always remain alert for other vehicles, particularly those that may fall into their vehicles’ blind spots and be hard to see, such as a motorcycle. If that same driver is impaired, they are less likely to remain focused and practice proper driving techniques, such as looking at all mirrors and using turn signals before changing lanes or making a turn. Likewise, if the motorcyclist is also impaired they are less likely to be focused on their surroundings, which in this case would be a drunk driver moving into their lane. Not only will both drivers be unable to react timely, but they are also more likely to lose control of their vehicle, doubling down on the potential damages.
Lubbock Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Drivers can have fun and remain responsible, and that begins with exercising good judgment and not operating a vehicle after drinking. Drunk driving is dangerous, destructive, and can alter a person’s life in a split second – regardless of what vehicle the impaired driver is operating. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a civil lawsuit. There is limited time to act in Texas following a motor vehicle accident, so don’t delay in contacting us today for your free case consultation.