Risks Of Motorcycle Riding In Kentucky

What’s the risk when you drink and drive in Kentucky? You risk not only your life and other people's lives, but also your freedom, finances and your future, too. Alcohol has been a major factor in motorcycle crashes. That is why Kentucky implemented stricter and harsher laws for drunk driving. In fact, some studies reveal that 40 to 45% of all riders killed in motorcycle accidents had been drinking. On an annual basis, 2,100 motorcyclists are killed and around 50,000 are seriously injured after drinking.

Related: Kentucky Motorcycle Manual PDF

Kentucky alcohol law
In Kentucky, it is illegal to drive with a blood or breath alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. KRS 189A.010 states:

"A person shall not operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle anywhere in this state while under the influence of alcohol."

There are penalties, such as fines and imprisonment, for driving under the influence and aggravating circumstances. Every time someone is under the influence of alcohol, their ability to think clearly and rationally diminishes. It's difficult to make good decisions. Also, your reaction time is much slower. All this is a recipe for disaster.

Drunk driving motorcycle accident
Unfortunately, people do drink and drive. An example of such a case happened on April 13, 2013. A member of the motorcycle club Fire & Iron was killed in a deadly crash when his motorcycle collided with two vehicles. The victim who was identified as Randall Baber, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that happened in a no-passing zone on Millersburg Road in Bourbon County. State Police said alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors. Aside from alcohol, not wearing a helmet also contributes to motorcycle accidents. In the preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police (KSP) in 2013, 14 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 14, 2013. Any of these accidents could have been avoided had alcohol not been involved or if they wore helmets.

Related: Protective Clothing and Equipment for Motorcycle Safety

As a Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Attorney, I want to remind everyone to please not drink and drive. Also, if you're riding a motorcycle, please always wear a helmet. Cliche I know, but it is better and safer. Also, wearing a brightly colored helmet does not only protect you in a crash, but it can also help other motorists see you. Riding season is among us, and we always want you to be safe on the roads.

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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