CONSUMING ALCOHOL AND DRIVING IS A DEADLY COMBINATION FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Throughout the year in Florida, there are festivities which bring great joy to residents and tourists of this great state. Along with those festivities generally come campaigns to try and remind us as drivers that we share the roadways with everyone. These campaigns promote responsible driving, and make us aware of the fact that there are increases in pedestrian activity, more motorists on the roads, and a significantly higher amount of people who drink and drive. The problem remains that drinking and driving is a year round issue, and especially so when a motorcycle is involved.
When people drink, drive and ride a motorcycle, they are placing a severe amount of danger on the lives of everyone on the road. If a person drinks and drives/rides, there are many things that can be affected including:
- Person’s ability to make sound judgment calls
- Increase in speeding
- Forcing their way in and out of the flow of traffic
- Failure to follow posted traffic signs / Street Lights
- Not using normal safety precautions while handling the vehicle
Drinking and driving has a significant effect on the basic mechanics of handling a car, truck or motorcycle. Reaction times for maneuvering, braking, or shifting lanes can be dramatically reduced when alcohol is involved. Contacting a skilled DUI accident attorney if you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident with the presence of alcohol can be the best decision you can make.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ALCOHOL
Florida currently has a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08. Though the state legislative powers are in the process of making this level even more stringent, as of now, any person who provides a field sobriety test to a law enforcement officer of anything higher than that level will be arrested for driving under the influence. The fact is that many people think that they are more sober than they really are and decide to drive after having consumed alcohol.
Many studies have demonstrated that alcohol contributes to death-related motorcycle accidents whether it was the biker or motorist who was intoxicated. Nearly fifty percent of motorcyclists who were killed in an accident had some level of alcohol in their system.
Not only motorcyclists are responsible for DUI accidents. Drivers who drink and drive also contribute to the horrible statistics as well. The unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists take the brunt of the impact because they are exposed, unlike drivers of passenger vehicles.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident involving alcohol, contact Madalon Law and discover how they can help you. Understanding all that is involved with a motorcycle accident where someone was intoxicated can be tricky to say the least. Our motorcycle accident attorneys know these types of accidents, because they have successfully handled these cases for years. Contact us for a free consultation so we can answer your questions about motorcycles accidents involving alcohol.