Driving under the influence is dangerous for any driver, but motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of serious injury or death when they are drinking and driving than any other motorist. Motorcyclists driving under the influence suffer from slower reaction times and poor judgment, which can easily cause an accident that endangers themselves and any other motorists on the roadway.
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2014, nearly 30% had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. For motorcyclists between the ages of 40 and 49 involved in fatal crashes in 2013, 40% had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.
While many motorcyclists drive responsibly, a staggering number are drinking and driving, and putting themselves and other motorists at serious risk for injury or death.
Effects of Alcohol on Driving
After drinking as few as two drinks, drivers begin to experience a decline in visual function and a decline in their ability to perform two tasks at the same time. After three drinks, a driver will have difficulty steering, reduced coordination, and a reduced response to emergency driving situations.
After four drinks, a driver loses speed control, suffers from impaired perception, reduced information processing capability, and difficulty concentrating. After five drinks, a driver has a reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately. Once a driver has consumed six or more alcoholic drinks, they experience substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving, and visual information processing.
While drivers with a higher blood alcohol concentration pose the greatest risk of injuring themselves or other motorists in a motor vehicle accident, even one drink can impair a driver and can cause an accident.
Lubbock Motorcycle Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle drunk driving puts the rider and other motorists at risk, and they need to be held responsible for their recklessness. If you were in an accident caused by a motorcyclist driving under the influence, contact Liggett Law Group today. We’ve helped motor vehicle accident victims of reckless driving obtain compensation for their injuries. Consultations are free, and you owe us nothing unless we help you recover compensation.