What Role Do Alcohol and Drugs Play in Motorcycle Accidents?

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Most of us know that driving doesn’t mix with the use of alcohol and drugs. Unfortunately, these substances are still a contributor to many motor vehicle accidents, especially motorcycle accidents that are likely to leave behind serious, lasting injuries. If you or a loved one were harmed in a motorcycle accident and you believe that someone else’s use of alcohol and drugs was at least partly to blame, then you may be entitled to compensation. Our Monmouth County motorcycle accident attorneys can help you hold them accountable.

How Often Are Alcohol and Drugs a Factor in Motorcycle Crashes?

It can be difficult to figure out exactly how many motorcycle crashes involve alcohol and drugs, but some studies have tried. A recent study from the National Library of Medicine concerned 282 patients who were hospitalized, of which about one-quarter were victims of motorcycle-related trauma. Of these patients, around half admitted that alcohol and drugs were used before the accident. The other half denied the use of these substances.

Why Are Alcohol and Drugs Dangerous For Drivers?

Most of us know that alcohol and drugs can affect us when we drive, whether we’re on a motorcycle or behind the wheel of a larger vehicle. These substances can cause:

  • Dulled reflexes
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Poor judgement
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulties focusing
  • Overconfidence

Any of these can contribute to an accident.

What Are Common Injuries in Crashes Caused By Alcohol and Drugs?

Injuries in motorcycle crashes caused by alcohol and drugs can be quite serious. Motorcycle riders and passengers do not have all of the protections that occupants of larger vehicles do. Accidents can result in:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken or bruised ribs
  • Road rash
  • Facial trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions and other head injuries

If you get hurt in such a crash, you should seek medical care right away.

Can I Sue For Damages if I Get Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?

When your injuries from a motorcycle accident are serious and your insurance cannot cover all of your costs, suing another driver for damages is an option. If you can show that they were negligent, their insurer could award you compensation that helps make up for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If there is proof that another driver used alcohol and drugs before the accident, that can be helpful.

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

Proving negligence on your own can be tough though. There is a high bar to clear in personal injury cases, so we recommend hiring a lawyer who can help you build a stronger case. Someone from our firm can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident and you think that alcohol and drugs were involved, you may have a valid personal injury claim. Contact the Wilton Law Firm and ask to schedule a meeting with our team. The first consultation is free, and there is no pressure or obligation. We look forward to hearing from you.