What’s the Role of Alcohol and Drugs in Motorcycle Accidents?

There are many potential contributors to motorcycle accidents, but alcohol and drug use continue to be leading causes of crashes despite many years of efforts to reduce incidences of driving while under the influence. If you got hurt in an accident and you believe that someone’s use of alcohol or drugs was a factor, then you may have legal options. Our Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to help you.

How Can Alcohol and Drug Use Lead to Motorcycle Accidents?

Alcohol and drug use can make motorcycle accidents more likely. That’s because drivers under the influence could suffer from:

  • Poor coordination
  • Bad judgment
  • Dulled reflexes and reaction time
  • Impaired vision
  • Issues focusing on the road
  • Balance problems

Whether the person under the influence is on a motorcycle or driving a car, they are a danger to everyone who shares the road with them. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders because they lack the protection offered by a car. Serious injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones, are common in such accidents.

How Can You Recover Compensation After Motorcycle Accidents?

Victims of motorcycle accidents can often sue for damages. If their injuries are serious and they believe that someone else was negligent, they can file a personal injury suit and try to recover compensation that can help them pay for vehicle repairs or medical bills.

However, it is important to know about local contributory negligence laws. Victims of motorcycle accidents cannot recover any damages in Washington, D.C. if they are partly to blame for it. Even if they are one percent responsible, they cannot sue. So if you were the motorcycle owner driving under the influence, you are not going to be able to receive compensation no matter how badly you were hurt.

Can I Sue for Wrongful Death If My Loved One Died in a Motorcycle Crash?

If your loved one died in an accident, you may be able to sue for wrongful death damages. If another driver used drugs or alcohol, they should be held responsible for creating a dangerous situation. You may need other evidence to show that a driver was negligent, but this is a good start.

Wrongful death damages can reimburse you for your loved one’s financial contribution to the household. They can also address the pain and suffering you feel as a result of their loss. In most cases, the executor of the deceased’s estate will be the one to bring forward a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family.

Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you are ready to discuss your legal options, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC. We can schedule a consultation and take a closer look at your case. If you are owed compensation, we will help you fight for it.