Unfortunately, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to sustaining very serious injuries when involved in an accident due to impaired driving. Because a motorcycle affords so little protection, serious injuries can result, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and blunt force trauma. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS), a motorcyclist in a fatal crash is 2.5 times more like to have consumed alcohol than the driver of a motor vehicle.
Impaired driving can result from use of alcohol or drugs, and can seriously alter a driver’s reaction to events that take place on the road. In addition, the person’s weight, gender, amount of food in their stomach and amount of drugs or alcohol in their system can greatly affect their level of impairment. The NHTSA says that “alcohol impaired” is for the operator of a vehicle to measure a blood alcohol (BAC) level of 0.08 grams/deciliter.
While there have not been many studies conducted for motorcycle riding and alcohol use, there is no question that the combination is lethal. . Authorities contend that even with a BAC as low as 0.01 to 0.04, a motorcycle rider’s judgment is seriously reduced and the likelihood of an impaired motorcycle driving accident increases exponentially.
With BAC levels of between 0.05 to 0.07%, thinking and reasoning powers are diminished, and a person’s ability to perform complex tasks decreases. Once the driver’s BAC reaches 0.08% reasoning and performance are seriously hampered.
If you are involved in an impaired driving motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with a Missouri motorcycle accident lawyer from our office. We have over three decades of experience handling injuries sustained from these types of accidents. Contact us at the Ryan Bradley Law Firm for sound legal guidance and a free consultation.