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How Often is Alcohol Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?

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How often is alcohol cited as a factor in a motorcycle accident? Who is liable when alcohol is involved in a Kansas motorcycle accident? Alcohol use is a common cause of motorcycle accidents in the United States. When an accident involving a drunk car, truck, or motorcycle driver occurs, the person who has been drinking is typically held liable for the personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and personal injuries they cause.

In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in the United States. Of these, 5,286 were motorcyclists. That same year, 10,497 individuals died in alcohol related collisions, of which 1,600 were motorcyclists. Overall, approximately 30% of motorcyclists who were killed died in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

Statistically, there are fewer motorcycles on the road than automobiles, and motorcyclists have a higher rate of alcohol involved accidents. In 2016, there were 8.68 million registered motorcycles in the US, compared to 263.6 million cars. When an accident involves alcohol, the motorcyclist is at greater risk of serious injury or wrongful death due to the limited protection provided by helmets, pads, and jackets. As such, motorcyclists need to exercise extreme care to avoid a Kansas motorcycle accident, whether they are traveling to work or enjoying a weekend drive into the countryside.

In total, 20% of drivers of passenger vehicles and 20% of light truck drivers who caused alcohol related fatalities in 2015 had BAC levels in excess of .08%. By comparison, 27% of motorcycle drivers had a BAC in excess of .08%. Of motorcyclists with a BAC less than or equal to .08% who died, 688 died in single vehicle collisions, while 502 died in multiple vehicle collisions. Of those with a BAC greater than .15%, 438 died in single-vehicle accidents while 260 died in multiple-vehicle collisions.

Kansas does not have a "dram shop" law. This means that with few exceptions, those injured in a Kansas motorcycle accident in which the other driver was drunk cannot pursue claims against the bar, liquor store, or social host that served the driver alcohol.

Brad Pistotnik Law is a Kansas motorcycle accident attorney and abogado with attorneys, lawyers, and abogados who represent clients in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois who experience personal injuries and the survivors of those who suffer a wrongful death. Whether the accident occurred in Wichita, Liberal, Garden City, Salina, Junction City, Clay Center, Concordia, Beloit, Lincoln, Wilson, Russell, Hoisington, Lyons, Sterling, Hutchinson, Hesston, Newton, Marion, Abilene, Cottonwood Falls, Council Grover, Manhattan, Stafford, Beloit, Meriden, Hoyt, Wetmore, America City, Effingham, Onaga, Wamego, Alma, Eskridge, Lawrence, Stull, Perry, Oskaloosa, Soldier, Gower, Faucett, Dearborn, Camden Point, Ridgely, Trimble, Paradise, Ectonville, Ferrelview, Farley, Kearney, Kickapoo, Platte City, De Kalb, Iatan, Agency, Olathe, Gardner, Overbrook, Ottawa, Paola, Drexel, Williamsburg, Lyndon, Columbia, St. Louis, Tampa, or elsewhere in these states, our team works to secure the compensation our clients need to recover from a Kansas motorcycle accident.

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