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The Dangers of Impaired Riding

As San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys, we are concerned that many California motorcyclists still don’t recognize that alcohol, drugs, and motorcycle riding can be a deadly combination. Many motorcyclists believe that they will only hurt themselves if they are in a San Diego motorcycle accident; however, the reality is that the pain, suffering, and financial costs often extend much farther, particularly if another driver or pedestrian is involved in the accident.

To help reduce the number of San Diego motorcycle accidents, we would like to share a few important facts regarding impaired riding:

  • The percentage of intoxicated (BAC levels .08 g/dL or higher) motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers of passenger cars, SUVs, or pick-up trucks.
  • Alcohol affects those skills essential to riding a motorcycle—balance and coordination, explaining why it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities.
  • In 2009, 30 percent of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had BAC levels of .08 or higher. An additional 7 percent had alcohol levels of BAC .01 to .07.
  • Having any alcohol in one’s body increases the chance of crashing by five times.
  • Having a BAC greater than 0.05 percent increases the risk of crashing about 40-fold.

Given the significant impact of alcohol on motorcycle safety, we encourage all riders to think twice before hopping on their bike if they have been drinking.


If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.