The Risk of Motorcycle Accidents

One potato, two potato…a motorcycle accident can involve just a single vehicle as well as multiple vehicles. Motorcycles are inherently unstable because they only have two wheels. It is a constant balancing act, and because motorcycles are typically driven at high speeds, even small defects on the road such as loose gravel can result in a concussion or even death from a motorcycle accident.

Yet because motorcycles are convenient and economical ways to get from point A to point B, more and more motorcycles are hitting the road, a gain in 2013 of about 1% from sales in 2012. This translates to more than 300,000 new two-wheel vehicles in the US alone. There are currently about 9 million motorcycles travelling US roads.

The main concern about motorcycles is safety. Regulations in some states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but they are still 35 times more likely to be seriously injured or hurt in a multiple vehicle accident than a passenger in a car. It is very important, therefore, that riders exercise caution every time they straddle their motorcycles.

But even when a motorcycle rider is careful, they still have to contend with adverse road conditions and other vehicles on the road. When a car plows into a motorcycle because the driver was texting, spilled a drink, or intoxicated, the most defensive motorcyclist can do very little to keep from crashing. If the rider is very lucky, the worst that happens is a little road rash and an overwhelming desire to kick someone in the rear end. Unfortunately, that is not what typically happens.

Motorcycle riders involved in single or multiple vehicle accidents often end up with moderate to severe brain injury, broken bones, lacerations, bruises, and internal damage even with safety gear. The human body is vulnerable, and without the protection afforded by a hardier structure such as a car frame, the motorcyclist is in for a world of hurt and huge medical bills.

If you or someone in your family was injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of others, you will probably have to contend with a lot of expenses. You may be able to get some compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer used to dealing with motorcycle accidents.

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Drunk Driving and Truck Accidents

Drunk driving is a felony, mostly because it is a common cause of accident. It is no joke to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and if you happen to be a commercial driving license (CDL) holder, which all truck drivers are, then a conviction will put paid to your employment as a commercial motor vehicle driver.

Most defenses against a DUI charge have to do with probable cause. This means that the arresting officer must have had a good reason for administering the field sobriety tests, including the breathalyzer. This could be erratic driving behavior, smell of alcohol on the breath, slurred speech, or general demeanor. But when there is an accident, probable cause is not an issue.

One of the first things that happens right after truck accidents or any kind of vehicular accident is to determine if any of the drivers involved is intoxicated. This is typically done by measuring the blood alcohol content (BAC) level using a breathalyzer. In most states, a BAC of .08 is considered legally intoxicated for people over 21 and .04 for CDL holders. A driver under 21 with any BAC at all will be arrested.

However, it should be noted that the breathalyzer test is far from infallible. A good criminal defense lawyer would seek to discredit the validity of the results, or provide an alternative explanation for them. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville, some medications have been known to yield a false positive in breathalyzer tests even if the driver had not imbibed any alcohol, such as the asthma medication salbutamol.

A DUI conviction carries serious consequences, so it is important to make every effort to avoid it. You can seek out Waukesha Criminal Defense Lawyers to help fight the accusations you are facing when you are up against a DUI charge.

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