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How Common Are Alcohol-Related Motorcycle Crashes?

How Common Are Alcohol-Related Motorcycle Crashes?

With summer break in full swing, drunk driving becomes much more common as graduations, holidays, and other events often involve alcohol consumption. Although no driver should ever get behind the wheel when under the influence, motorcycle riders should also keep in mind the importance of riding sober. To have a better understanding of the prevalence of this issue, here are some alcohol-involved motorcycle crash statistics to know.

Alcohol-Involved Motorcycle Crashes

According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among the drivers in alcohol-related motorcycle crashes, 36% were motorcyclists, 29% were light truck drivers, and 25% were passenger car drivers.

Furthermore, about 45% of these crashes were single vehicle-only. This suggests that the motorcyclist was more likely to be at fault when alcohol was involved.

How Has This Changed Over Time?

It's important to note that the rates of drunk driving-related accidents among motorcycle riders have decreased over time. In 1998, 34% of alcohol-involved fatal crashes involved motorcycles, decreasing by 5% by 2008. This decrease is likely due to a combination of public awareness campaigns and stricter drunk driving laws.

What Are the Penalties for Drunk Driving on a Motorcycle in Florida?

In the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a BAC level above 0.08%. If you are caught driving drunk on a motorcycle, you will face the same penalties as if you were driving a car. First-time penalties include a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, community service, attend a DUI program, and license suspension for a minimum of 180 days. If an accident occurs or if you are a repeat offender, these penalties will be much harsher.

Daytona Beach Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Our team at Politis & Matovina, P.A. believes that all motorists have a right to a safe roadway free from intoxicated drivers. We hold these individuals accountable for their negligent actions and help injured victims pursue compensation. Schedule a free consultation with our team today to discuss your potential case by calling (386) 333-6613.