DUI Motorcycle Accidents
In reference to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the state of Georgia, the majority of fatal accidents, which involves drivers that have a BAC of .08 or more, are motorcycle accidents. This does not necessarily mean that the motorcyclists were drunk. In most cases, this situation is the result of motorists being impaired and getting into an accident with a motorcyclist. At Van Sant Law, we are experienced Georgia drunk driving motorcycle accident lawyers, and we know how difficult it can be if you are injured because of another person’s recklessness. We are ready to help.
Motorcycles are both lighter and smaller than even the smallest passenger automobile. This insufficient protection for the rider, and the size difference between motorcycles and cars, puts drivers at a much higher risk for being injured or even killed. Because of this, the consequences of a DUI accident involving a motorcyclist can be devastating regardless of whether the motorcyclist or other driver is impaired.
Motorcycle accidents caused by a DUI can be much more serious than those suffered during a regular accident. This is because the drivers often do not realize they are in danger of an accident until after it happens. Motorcycle safety gear such as a helmet is designed to mitigate the effects of a normal crash. If a driver is under the effects of drugs or alcohol, however, the accident is often atypical and much more serious. This greatly diminishes the effectiveness of safety gear.Common Injuries to Motorcyclists During DUIs Include:
- Serious and superficial lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Brain or spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Wrongful death
A person can be charged with a DUI for operating any type of motor vehicle and having a BAC that exceeds the legal limit of .08. If driving while under the influence of illegal narcotics or even prescription drugs, a driver can also be charged with a DUI.
If a driver involved in a motorcycle wreck is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, whether the motorcyclist or car driver, he or she is most likely at fault. The at-fault driver can be sued for damages by the injured party or the survivors of the accident victim in the event of a fatality. Compensation may be able to be acquired for any type of damages that were the direct result of the accident. This includes third party damages, punitive types of damages, and even compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages can be sought to help the injury victim cover any financial losses that he or she has incurred due to the accident. This could include costs related to damages to their vehicles, medical bills, rehabilitation, missed work, and other situations. The punitive damages have the sole purpose of providing punishment for a driver for any negligent or reckless behavior. The third party damages will allow a victim to hold the other party liable for all or a portion of the actions of the responsible party. When talking about DUI cases, this may be the actual location where the driver of the vehicle at fault became intoxicated.Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 855-GA-INJURY or 404-991-5950 to schedule your free consultation.