Are Careless Drivers Putting Motorcyclists at Risk for Disaster?

Drunk drivers kill thousands of motorists in the U.S. every year, but the risk is even higher for motorcycle enthusiasts who have very little protection against accidents. Last week, a Denver judge sentenced a drunk driver to twelve years in prison for his role in an accident earlier this year that killed a U.S. Air Force motorcyclist.

On April 9, near the Buckley Air Force Base, the airman was riding home on his motorcycle when he was clipped by the drunk driver and sent flying into the street. Although remorseful for his actions, the drunk driver’s mistake left behind a devastated family and a lost life.

How Big of an Impact Do Careless Drivers Have on Motorcycle Accidents?

In 2012, alcohol-impaired motorists were responsible for 31 percent of all car accidents. However, alcohol-impaired drivers are not the only thing on the road that present a danger to riding enthusiasts. Distracted drivers also pose a significant risk, causing a total of 3,328 deaths and 421,000 injuries in 2012.

Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that on any given day, 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices. Riders need to be able to depend on other drivers to see them. Cell phone use or other distractions reduce the odds that drivers will be aware of their surroundings.

Unfortunately, there is very little riders can do to stay safe from drunk driving accidents and other careless drivers, but you can help hold them accountable for their actions. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a reckless driver, reach out to Metier Law Firm so we can help you or your family set things right.

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