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Ah, the enviable motorcycle lifestyle. There’s something about being king of the open road, being in control of a powerful piece of equipment, and not being tethered to a car like your daddy drove.
Every curve in the road reminds you of the babes who admire your machinery. Life is good and a few beers or shots along the way only make motorcycle life better. Put on the brakes, man.
Recent alcohol statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) prove otherwise. Did you know that motorcyclists who have any alcohol in their body increase their chances of motorcycle accidents by five times? Having a blood alcohol content greater than 0.05% increases a motorcycle accident about 40-fold. In almost 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclist drank alcohol. One fourth of all fatal alcohol-related motorcycle crashes involve motorcyclists running off the road, overturning, or falling from their motorcycles.
Alcohol greatly impairs a motorcyclist’s ability to search for and evaluate hazards that might lead to trouble. Even one beer can impair your vision, your decision-making ability, and definitely slow down to dull your coordination-reaction time. Motorcyclists should never feel mentally relaxed. A mind without alcohol will be astute and acutely aware of what’s going on and how to circumvent any emergencies. Drinking may give motorcyclists a false sense of bravado but without the judgment to back it up.
No one advocates drinking and driving but even though there are more passenger vehicles on the road, motorcyclists have the highest percentage of driving while intoxicated.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic jump in the number of deaths among motorcyclists who are 40 years and older. The confident male ego has weathered many challenges and may not fully reckon with the challenge of motorcycle safety. Who me? Are you talking to me?
Motorcycles are less crashworthy than closed vehicles. Operating a motorcycle requires a different combination of physical and mental skills than those used in driving four-wheel vehicles. Motorcyclists who ride for recreation vs. day-to-day may be unaware of the different skill set required. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to weather hazards and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles. Maybe your daddy was on to something.
Have you or a loved one has been seriously injured from a motorcycle accident? Has a loved one died from a fatal motorcycle accident? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a motorcycle accident case or wrongful death lawsuit. Please contact Monheit Law with law firm with offices in Pennsylvania to find out what your legal options are. There is no cost to talk to a lawyer.