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How Alcohol Causes Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles

By Edited Oct 15, 2016 0 0

If you have been injured after your motorcycle was struck by another vehicle, then you should get the services of a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney to help you get compensation for your injuries and all the damages you sustained.

The problem is that according to statistics, nearly 25 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes are with fixed objects and not with other vehicles.

This means that the crash is most likely a single –vehicle accident.

So unless, there was a defect on the motorcycle or the road and weather conditions are adverse, the collision is probably a result of the motorcyclist’s own negligence.

One of those negligent actions is driving while under the influence.

Statistics show that alcohol is involved in 30 percent of all motorcyclists killed in crashes have a BAC of .08 or higher.

In fact, according to the National highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving your motorcycle even at .01 BAC can already be dangerous.

In theory, according to the NHTSA, the effects of alcohol to motorcyclists are as follows:

  • 0.01 – 0.04 BAC

At this level of alcohol in the system, the motorcyclist will be less critical of his own actions, will have some reduction in reaction time and judgment begins to lessen.

Motorcyclist may feel some mental relaxation, which makes it harder to focus

  • 0.05 – 0.07 BAC

At this level, the motorcyclist’s judgment is no longer sound, and reasoning powers are no longer very clear.

The ability to perform complex skills is also reduced.

  • 0.08 BAC and above

Reasoning and ability to make good road judgments are significantly reduced and hampered

At this stage, the motorcyclist will have a lot of trouble completing even the simplest of tasks.

In summary, the NHTSA says that alcohol affects your SEE, which stands for

  • S – Search for hazards or dangers
  • E – Evaluate how hazards and other dangers interact to know the risk
  • E – Execute an action to remain safe

That is why the NHTSA discourages mixing alcohol and motorcycle riding because even at legal limits, you are still at risk of getting involved in a collision.

Get Help

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, either in a single crash or multiple vehicles, the Mesriani Law Group can help you recover your losses through our expert  Los Angeles injury attorneys.

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