Willens Law Offices Articles The Risks of Riding Under the Influence

The Risks of Riding Under the Influence

By Matt Willens  Jul. 23, 2015 2:36p

People often associate the risks of DUI with four-wheel vehicles. Unfortunately, the risks of riding a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol are often overlooked.

In the U.S., there are about nine million motorcycles registered and the number is continuously increasing each year. Despite the fact that there are drunk driving campaigns conducted across the country, they tend to focus only on four-wheelers and not on motorcycles.

Drinking While Riding

Most motorcyclists think that they can stay safe on the road just by paying attention and being careful so that they can react to the maneuvers of the other drivers they meet on the road. However, many of them fail to understand that drinking alcohol can drastically reduce attention, balance, and reaction time.

Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of getting involved in accidents and drinking while riding further increases this risk. According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of motorcyclists that die in vehicle accidents are found to have alcohol in their blood.

Common Injuries Suffered in DUI Motorcycle Accidents

When a motorcycle is involved in a car accident, it is important to seek the help of a Willens Law Offices motorcycle accidents who has experience in handling such lawsuits. Motorcycle accident injuries often include spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries. In many cases, such injuries occur because of the rider’s inability to properly react and prevent a crash. This usually leads to more serious injuries that involve longer periods for recovery. In addition, drinking and riding could lead to substantial fines and loss of riding license.

DUI motorcycle accidents are often serious and many times fatal as well. They cause severe injuries and may leave the victim permanently disabled. Common injuries that are suffered in DUI motorcycle accidents include:

  • broken limbs
  • traumatic brain injury
  • severe burns
  • temporary loss of eyesight or permanent blindness
  • depression, anxiety, or traumatic memories
  • death

Many motorcycle accidents and resulting injuries can be easily prevented just by avoiding riding under the influence. There are special programs developed across the country, which aim to increase the awareness of motorcyclists regarding the risks of DUI. It is important for every rider to be aware of the risks that drinking and riding involves.

Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you get involved in a traffic accident which involves a motorcycle, contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer from Willens Law Offices. We have experience in this field and can guide you on the most appropriate legal recourse. Call us today at (312) 957-4166.

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