Drunk drivers are not limited to those who operate cars. Many DUIs, in fact, come from motorcyclists. This is alarming due to the catastrophic nature of most motorcycle accidents. Nevertheless, there were 5,622 alcohol-related crashes in Arizona in 2009, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Of these crashes, 221 involved a motorcycle.
Regardless of whether the impaired driver is operating the bike or another motor vehicle, the consequences of DUI collisions involving motorcycles can be tragic.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle DUI accident, complete the Free Case Review form to the right to begin exploring your legal options.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents Involving Alcohol or Drugs
Accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol typically result in severe and debilitating injuries for all parties involved. When a motorcycle is thrown into the mix, the risk of serious or fatal injuries significantly increases.
Given the nature of the design of a bike, there is not much protecting riders in the event of an accident. Injuries common to motorcycle dui accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Road rash
- Head and brain injuries
Motorcycle DUI Injury Lawsuits
Driving under the influence does not just refer to those whose blood alcohol content is above the legal limit. A motorist is considered to be driving under the influence if they are using prescription drugs or illegal narcotics as well.
In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it is illegal for a driver to operate a motor vehicle, including motorcycles, with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
Survivors of motorcycle dui accidents may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. Depending on the case, victims and their families may be able to pursue compensatory damages, punitive damages and third party damages.
Compensatory damages are intended to help compensate the injury victim for any financial losses the victim may have incurred. Punitive damages are designed to punish the reckless driver and provide some award for the victim who suffered due to the drivers misconduct. Third party damages allow injury victims to hold drinking establishments, for example, accountable for the crash.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle DUI Accident Injury Attorney
Arizona is a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. One of the best ways to avoid a serious motorcycle accident injury is to wear the proper gear. But if a driver, either of the bike or of another vehicle involved, was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there may not be anything that can prevent the injury of the motorcyclist.
At Phillips Law Group, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured by the actions or negligence of another in Phoenix. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Arizona motorcycle DUI accident due to no fault of your own, we may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses related to the crash. Injury victims may be able to collect for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages associated with the accident.
Our motorcycle attorneys offer free case evaluations to anyone who believes they may have cause to file a claim. During the evaluation, a lawyer will review and discuss with you the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course of pursuing legal remedies for your losses.
If you choose to pursue legal recourse with the help of our firm, there is never any cost to you until we win a favorable outcome for your lawsuit.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Phoenix motorcycle DUI accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our legal professionals, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.