The risk is high that you will suffer catastrophic injuries or be killed if a drunk driver causes your motorcycle accident. Fortunately, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries if you can prove that their negligence was the reason for your collision in Kansas and Missouri.
However, their insurance company could attempt to deny your claim or try to pay you less than you deserve even if their insured was drunk when they struck you. Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys understand the tactics they may employ and will aggressively fight so that you receive the maximum recovery in your settlement.
How Alcohol Impairs Driving Skills
Consuming alcohol or drugs can make it more difficult for a motorist to drive safely and increases the likelihood that they will cause a motorcycle collision. Alcohol affects a driver's:
- Judgment. A person's judgment will be impaired when they are drunk, making it more likely that they will engage in reckless behaviors like tailgating, speeding, and weaving between lanes.
- Vision. It will be harder for a motorist to see an already less-visible motorcycle when they are intoxicated because their peripheral vision, ability to judge distances, and clarity of their vision will be reduced.
- Coordination. Being drunk can affect an individual's fine and gross motor skills. This can reduce their hand and foot coordination—which is essential for safe driving.
- Reaction time. Drunk drivers have a slower reaction time. This can make it impossible for them to take action quickly enough to avoid a crash with a motorcycle rider.
Common Types of Motorcycle Collisions Caused by Drunk Drivers
When a motorist is drunk, they can engage in many unsafe driving practices, like driving at an excessive speed, driving too close to the vehicle in front of them, and making lane changes when it is not safe to do so. In addition, alcohol can make them drowsy, which increases the risk that they will fall asleep at the wheel. Common types of accidents they cause include:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end crashes
- Drowsy driving accidents
- Distracted driving wrecks
- Unsafe lane change crashes
- Wrong-way accidents
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.