Motorcycle DUI Accident Lawyers
Drunk driving accidents are not limited to car crashes. Many DUIs, in fact, involve motorcyclists. Due to the catastrophic nature of most motorcycle wrecks, this is alarming. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over .08 percent in 2006. Of the bikers between the ages of 35 and 39 that were killed that year, 41 percent were over the legal BAC limit.
Regardless of whether the impaired driver is operating the bike or another vehicle, the consequences of DUI accidents that involve a motorcycle can have catastrophic results.
Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents Involving Alcohol or Drugs
Crashes that involve drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol typically result in severe and debilitating injuries for all those involved. When a motorcycle is added to the equation, the risk of serious or fatal injuries significantly increases.
Due to the design of a motorcycle, there is essentially no protection for riders in the event of an accident, so injuries resulting from a wreck are typically severe. Injuries common to motorcycle DUI accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken or fractured bones
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Road rash
- Head and brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Motorcycle DUI Injury Lawsuits
A motorist is considered to be driving under the influence if they are using prescription drugs or narcotics as well; driving under the influence does not necessarily refer to those who have a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.
In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it is illegal for a motorist to drive a 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 circumstances surrounding the claim, victims and their families may be able to pursue compensatory damages, third party damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are intended to help victims recover financial losses incurred due to injuries from the accident. Punitive damages can punish the reckless driver and provide some award to the victim who suffered harm due to the drivers misconduct. Third party damages allow injury victims to hold drinking establishments, for example, responsible for the accident.
Contact an Experienced Tulsa Motorcycle DUI Accident Injury Attorney
Motorcycle accidents often result in tragedy for all parties involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle DUI accident that resulted in severe injuries, or even fatality, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover losses related to the crash.
We urge you to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney right away. At The Edwards Law Firm, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully litigating an injury claim. Our staff will be able to recreate the scene of the wreck in order to pinpoint the exact cause of the crash in order to hold the responsible parties accountable for the injuries that resulted.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether this it through a settlement with the other parties insurance companies or by a jury verdict.
If you are unsure if you have cause to file a motorcycle DUI lawsuit, contact our firm to schedule a FREE case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our attorneys will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your condition.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to motorcycle DUI accident injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.