One of the gravest dangers facing motorcyclists on our roads is the presence of alcohol-impaired drivers or drunk drivers. Recently, a San Jose motorcyclist was killed in an alcohol-related motorcycle accident involving an impaired 23-year-old driver.
The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene of the crash, and charges are pending against intoxicated driver. This is an unfortunate case, but it is not an isolated incident at all. In fact, every year, hundreds of motorcyclists are injured across California in accidents that involve drivers under the influence of alcohol.
Drunk driving accidents are the biggest killer of American roads, and every year, as many as 30% of all accident fatalities involve drivers who were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Clearly, this is not just a major highway safety issue, but also an increasingly underestimated safety issue. As the focus on distracted driving increases, the focus on the danger from motorists driving under the influence of alcohol seems to be declining.
This is very dangerous because alcohol is a huge factor in accidents, and may be especially more dangerous, when the accident involves a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are at very serious risk of injuries when they are involved in any accident, and motorcycle accident lawyers find that the risks may be even greater when they are involved in an accident with an intoxicated driver. Drunk drivers typically engage in reckless driving behaviors like speeding. Not surprisingly, these accidents can be high impact and high-speed accidents that end with severe injuries and fatalities. A motorcyclist who is involved in a drunk driving accident can suffer severely disabling and debilitating injuries.
To avoid being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, practice defensive riding, and wear a helmet at all times.
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