Philadelphia Impaired Driving Motorcycle Accidents Attorney
Impaired driving is the act one undertakes when they actively choose to operate or control a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that it impairs your mental and motor skills. To successfully operate a motorcycle takes skill, experience, patience, and knowhow. Accordingly, alcohol consumption and motorcycle driving, simply put do not mix. A Philadelphia impaired driving motorcycle accidents lawyer
There is a direct correlation between drivers’ blood alcohol concentrations (“BAC”) and the heightened risk of being involved in a crash. The leading cause of motorcycle crash death is traumatic brain injury. For those who are not fatally wounded by a traumatic brain injury the recovery cost associated to treat TBI is 13 times more costly than non-brain injuries (Department of Transportation, 2009). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported a steady rise of motorcycle deaths associated with alcohol-impaired driving in recent years. According to the most recent data, NHTSA estimates that 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in 2011 with another 81,000 people injured. Within the same year, nationally motorcyclists represent 3 percent of all registered vehicles; yet motorcyclists represented roughly 14 percent of the total traffic fatalities. If your or a loved one were victims of an impaired motorcyclists then contacting a well known personal injury firm specializing in motorcycle accidents is essential. The time to file a claim begins to run from the date of the accident, please reach out to the Philadelphia based law firm of Rosenbaum and Associates at your earliest convenience.
With little bodily protection, or shielding from extreme and changing weather conditions, in addition to the skill needed to maneuver a motorcycle successfully, it is no surprise that the NHTSA in its 2002 fact sheet, considered motorcycles the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive. The Governors Highway Safety Association (“GHSA”) in a 2011 report found that nearly 29 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders had a BAC above the legal limit of .08. While statistics say that about 3 out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives, you can still improve your own odds and those of your loved one’s by choosing to not ride while impaired. For riders and their motorcyclist peers and motorcycle clubs, there is a state approved free 30 minute program called Riders Helping Riders, which is designed to encourage prevention and intervention, in hopes of reducing alcohol-involved motorcycle crashes.
If you or a loved one was severely injured in a motorcycle accident caused by an impaired driver, the Philadelphia based firm Rosenbaum & Associates can help you recover just compensation. To determine whether you have grounds for a case, please contact us online or call 1 800 7 LEGAL 7 for a Free Case Evaluation.