Alcohol Impairment: Tips to be mindful of
People see riding a motorcycle as an exciting means of transportation and also a fun way to enjoy the open breeze while driving. However, as a motorcyclist, you need to be aware that driving while impaired is not limited to people who drive trucks or cars. Findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that several thousands of motorcycle accidents every year are alcohol-related. With a high statistic like this, it is crucial that you are mindful of certain riding behaviors to know if a motorcyclist is impaired.
According to the NHTSA, the major cause of motorcycle accidents is motorcyclist failing to take curve turns correctly, and this type of crash is common in drunk motorcyclist. Drunk riders tend to “drift” when making curve turns, and end up on the wrong lane.
Most motorcycle riders place their feet on the ground when they approach a stop sign or stoplight. However, drunk motorcyclist finds it difficult to maintain balance; this is a sign that such rider is under the influence of alcohol. Difficulty in maintaining balance is not the only sign, you will notice them shifting their weight from side to side to maintain balance.
Late Braking and Inattentiveness: Drunk motorcyclist have delayed reflexes and reactions, which is highly dangerous while riding. Most riders under the influence of alcohol will brake when it’s already late; thus, causing an accident. Also, they are not mindful of their environment or surrounding and seem nonchalant of other road drivers.
Erratic Riding: Most motorcyclist under influence will carry out risky behaviors such as running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, following too closely, failing to turn on their lights at nights, and so on. Besides erratic driving, these motorcyclists find it difficult to obey traffic signs and may end up riding their bikes on the wrong way down a one-way street.
Even though the scenarios mentioned earlier can happen to riders that are sober, there is no need to jeopardize the lives of other road users. Make sure you call your local police department if you observe a motorcyclist riding in a manner that will put the lives of others in danger. Also, if you have suffered injuries from an impaired motorcycle rider, ensure you contact a motorcycle accident lawyer that is well experienced.