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How Dangerous is Riding a Motorcycle Under the Influence?

What to Know About DUI Motorcycle Crashes

The dangers of driving under the influence are well-documented; however, there is limited conversation regarding the effects of riding a motorcycle while intoxicated. Due to the already high-risk nature of these vehicles, those who choose to ride under the influence may face more severe implications.

In 2020, 27% of motorcyclists that sustained fatal injuries were in alcohol-involved collisions; this number increased to 41% when only examining single-vehicle crashes. Among all fatal crashes, 16% involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than or equal to 0.15%. While having a BAC this high can already affect an individual’s breathing, walking, and consciousness, operating a motor vehicle of any kind can exacerbate these issues.

How Does Alcohol Affect Motorcycle Riders?

Alcohol can have a number of different effects on those who choose to drink and then get on a motorcycle. These effects may include:

  • Impaired judgment and lower inhibitions
  • Reduced ability to pay attention to surroundings
  • Slower reaction time
  • Weakened muscles
  • Issues with coordination and control
  • Vision impairment
  • Increased risk of falling asleep or losing consciousness

All these factors can make it more difficult for a rider to operate their motorcycle safely. Additionally, alcohol affects balance, which is a necessity for riding a motorcycle. As a result, drunk riders are more likely to lose control of their vehicles and crash.

The Insurance Information Institute further reports that alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders are also much more likely to not wear a helmet or other protective gear, putting them further at risk of a severe or fatal incident.

St. Augustine Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders not only put themselves at risk on the road. Regardless of the vehicles, drivers should only operate one when sober.

The attorneys at Canan Law have spent years helping injured individuals throughout Florida seek justice against intoxicated motorists who cause them harm. If you’ve been the victim of one of these preventable accidents, call (904) 849-2266 to seek help today.


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