Riding a motorcycle or scooter is a fun recreational activity for millions of Americans, and also provides an economical method of transportation. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, there are more than 4,000,000 properly registered motorcycles in the United States, and possibly an additional 2,600,000 unregistered motorcycles and scooters in regular use. In some ways, motorcycle safety has increased, as evidenced by the rising number of motorcycle rider training programs completed each year. However, many riders still participate in the very dangerous practice of operating a motorcycle or scooter after drinking alcohol.
The results of a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that motorcycle drivers who are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents were consistently drunk driving. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in which the motorcyclist was driving drunk, a Newnanmotorcycle accident attorney can help hold the motorcyclist responsible, and help you receive a settlement for your injuries.
The NHTSA study looked into reasons why so many motorcycle operators continually practice drunk driving despite the high risk of motorcycle accidents:
- Motorcycle riding is often a social activity that includes riding to or stopping at bars
- Many motorcycle riders are thrill-seekers by nature and are not afraid of risks such as drunk driving
- Younger motorcycles riders are more reckless
- Offering a ride to another person to avoid drunk driving is difficult because it is harder to balance an intoxicated person on the back of your own motorcycle
- Many social motorcycle rides cover many miles and drunk drivers are reluctant to leave their motorcycles in remote locations
- Experienced motorcyclists believe they can handle their bikes well enough to avoid motorcycle accidents, even when drinking.
Even though drunk driving in passenger vehicles has decreased over the past decade, drunk driving on motorcycles has not statistically gone down. This leaves the chance of a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver relatively high. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver, and you are injured, you should call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 as soon as possible. As an experienced Newnan motorcycle accident attorney, Shane Smith can help you receive the maximum reimbursement for any personal injuries or property damage resulting from the accident.