Those who drink and drive are at extreme risk of being involved in serious or fatal accidents. That is what happened in this motorcycle accident case.
One biker rear-ended another in an intersection. The force of the impact ejected the 22-year-old biker onto the street, and although emergency medical personnel got him to hospital quickly, he succumbed to his injuries. The second motorcycle rider was charged with DWI.
The main factor to consider in motorcycle accidents is that riders are completely exposed and have virtually no protection as they would in a car. Even though they may be wearing helmets and the proper riding gear, such as leathers, if they are ejected into a stationary object, they are seriously injured, maimed permanently or die.
The number of bikers that died in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2013 was 4,381. Biker deaths accounted for 13 percent of all fatal collisions in 2013, double the number of fatalities in 1997.
Riding a motorcycle sober is challenging enough without riding while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have been involved in an accident with a rider that was inebriated or high, make certain to discuss the case with a competent motorcycle accident attorney. You may need compensation to take care of medical bills, replace lost wages or require round-the-clock care.
Personal injury accidents involving motorcycles are complex and no one involved in one should attempt to represent themselves with insurance companies or the courts.