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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that alcohol-related crashes account for 27% of all fatal motorcycle collisions in the US, two times higher than any other type of vehicle. 

Were you involved in an intoxicated driver motorcycle accident, or did you lose a loved one through their negligence?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are legal advocates for victims injured in motorbike collisions.

Call a motorcycle accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free) or use the contact form for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.

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Intoxicated Driver Motorcycle Accident

Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drunk driving causes at least one death every forty-eight minutes nationwide.

In addition, almost thirty people die daily in car accidents involving intoxicated drivers.

Motorcyclists are often accident victims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [1], drunk driving is one of the many common causes of motorcycle crashes.

A drunk driver risks motorcycle accident victims’ lives, including children and adult passengers.

The Effects of Intoxication on Motorcycle Riders

Some studies show that motorcycles were only involved in 14% of all collisions.

However, it accounted for 40% of the deaths and 26% of the injuries.

This alarming statistic illustrates the need for motorbike riders to be aware of the effects of drug and alcohol use on their safety.

The ability to operate a motor vehicle is a skill that requires alertness, coordination, and perception.

When an individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle (or ride a motorbike) is seriously compromised.

In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [2] from 1982-1984, it was found that 42% of all motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol use, and 45% were drug-related, which accounts for almost half of the riders killed while operating a motorbike after consuming drugs or alcohol.

While the NHTSA study in 1982-1984 showed that 42% of fatalities in motorcycle crashes involved alcohol and 45% were drug-related, a more recent survey in 2008 shows that drugs are involved in almost 20% of all fatal crashes.

Recent NHTSA Statistics show the drugs involved in drunk driving motorcycle accidents include:

  • Marijuana 8.6%
  • Cocaine 5.9%
  • Opiates/Sedatives 1.5%
  • Alcohol 47.0%

Visual Function Problems When an Intoxicated Driver Caused Fatal Motorcycle

Visual acuity is ill-affected by various levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

The most pronounced effect occurs at BACs above 0.03%.

At 0.04 – 0.06%, the risk of a motorbike collision doubles more than usual and increases sixfold when the driver’s blood alcohol content is above 0.10%.

Peripheral vision is also impaired at a blood alcohol level of about .02%, far below the legal limit.

At higher levels of intoxication, the central vision of a drunk driver is affected.

An intoxicated driver has difficulty judging distances, particularly concerning an object close to the motorbike.

Illinois Motorcycle Operators and Drunk Drivers

Unfortunately, motor vehicle statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation also reveal that many crashes involve drunk bikers.

The figures released by the government department show that over 400 accidents involving an intoxicated driver occurred between 2013 and 2017.

These accidents occurred between 12:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M., mostly on weekend nights.

More than forty motorcycle crash fatalities involved a drunk rider out of these tragic cases.

The total percentage of motorbike riders driving intoxicated was 19% in Illinois.

Even worse, there were a total of 143 motorcyclists who died as a result of vehicle crashes.

The statistic reflected an increase in the number of fatalities for Illinois motorbike riders in 2017.

Injuries Associated With Intoxicated Driver Motorcycle Accidents

There are serious injuries that can result when one is involved in a motorcycle accident due to a drunk driver.

Here are some of the severe injuries that can occur from a drunk driving accident:

  • Severed limbs
  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Deep abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Serious burns
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of vision and blindness
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Depression, traumatic memories, and anxiety issues
  • In the most severe motorbike collision cases, death

Illinois has now implemented a “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” program to decrease the number of intoxicated riders on the road.

The purpose of this program is to hold drivers accountable for putting the lives of others at risk and often causing a crash.

As a result, the Illinois State Police (ISP) is now more aware than ever of impaired drivers or bike riders driving drunk.

Chicago Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Assisting Injured Bikers

Motorcyclists are at high risk when they operate their motorcycles on the road.

In addition, other intoxicated riders or drivers of cars may cause serious accidents that can have life-threatening consequences.

If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, we can help with the legal process of financial recovery for medical expenses and lost wages.

Our award-winning attorneys can assist with personal injury cases or wrongful death claims.

Contact our Chicago motorcycle crash injury attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free case consultation on a contingency fee basis.

Resources: [1] NHTSA, [2] NHTSA

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