Why Are Motorcyclists at a Higher Risk for Drunk Driving Accidents Than Other Drivers?

A person who rides a motorcycle is at a higher risk of being involved in an accident, is more likely to die from injuries in an accident, and, as recent data shows, is also more likely to be injured in a drunk driving accident. Why is this? Read on to learn about the danger of motorcycles and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

Let Us Begin with the Statistics

First and foremost, let us cover the seriousness and commonality of motorcycle accidents. Remember that just 3% of all registered vehicles on the road are motorcycles, yet they make up for about 15% of all traffic fatalities. Of those, nearly 30% of the motorcyclists had a BAC over the legal limit of 0.08 BAC. Of all fatal crashes involve motorcyclists, 43% of those bikers had been drinking.

When looking only at weekend nights, 64% of all fatal motorcycle accidents involving a single vehicle involved drunk driving. As you can see, not only are motorcycle accidents more common than car accidents, per capita driver, but they are also much more likely to involve drinking.

Essential Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

No matter if alcohol was involved or not, the steps to take after this type of accident are the same. First, call for emergency services. You should do this if there is at least $500 of property damage and/or if anyone is injured. This includes even minor injuries. Then take photos so that your attorney can more easily prove your injuries, the specifics of the accident, and your damages.

Your Attorney Can Help Your Case

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in which someone else was at least partially at fault, then a personal injury attorney could be able to help you in a number of ways. First, we can work directly with your insurance company so that you do not have to. This not only takes this pressure off while you are trying to heal, but it can ensure that you do not accidentally say something that could negatively impact your case.

Your attorney can also establish fault for the accident by looking at witness interviews, police reports, and photos. We can ensure that you are correctly documenting your injuries and any healing issues, such as scarring, to get you the compensation you deserve. Your damages might include lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and future medical costs.

If you are ready to find out what your options are, we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can determine what your options are and give you an honest assessment of your next step.