It was a normal Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs when a man riding his motorcycle was struck by an Oldsmobile Bravada. Luckily, the rider escaped the crash with his life, but the severity of his injuries sent him to the hospital, and it forced the driver of the Oldsmobile into handcuffs. Police suspect that the car driver was under the influence and driving drunk, but the arrest is a hollow victory for the biker recovering in the hospital.
Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to drunk drivers out on the open road, but there are a few things you can do to turn the odds in your favor.
4 Ways Motorcyclists Can Avoid Drunk Drivers
- Choose Your Time Wisely—As an old Jedi master once taught his Padawan, it’s all about the timing. Drunk drivers are usually out and about at night, on weekends and during holidays. So maybe it would be a good idea to avoid major roads or to stay in when drinkers are most likely to be out.
- Watch Your Back—Drivers have a tough enough time seeing riders when they are perfectly fine, but when you add alcohol to the mix, things can get wild. Approach stops slowly, and be sure to flash your brake lights. If the person behind you misses your flashing brake light, then you will have extra time to respond if you start your stop sooner rather than later.
- Keep ‘em Where You Can See ‘em—If you see a drunk driver, don’t pull past them. Pulling past a drunk driver leaves it up to that driver to not close in on you and hit you. Keep drunk drivers in front of you, so you can see them and stay clear of their crazy driving.
- Mind Your Crossings—Intersections are already the most dangerous part of the road for motorcyclists, so why would you tempt fate when there could be drunk drivers around. Approach intersections slowly, so you can respond to the unexpected, and don’t assume drivers can see you, or that they have the ability to.
Following these simple guidelines can help keep you out of the crosshairs of drunk drivers, but if you do happen to cross paths with one of these drivers, call the police immediately. For more motorcycling safety tips, keep following our blog.
A message from the attorneys who ride at the Metier Law Firm.