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Drunk Motorcycling: A Bad, Bad Idea

How dangerous is being drunk on a motorcycle?

There is no doubt that motorcycle is an unforgiving machine, even for sober drivers who are inattentive. However, riding while drunk is a disaster waiting to happen. According to a 2010 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcycle riders involved in fatal accidents who were drunk was much higher compared to any other type of vehicle driver.

Unfortunately, drunk riding is not an uncommon phenomenon. Youths are often attracted to such ruthless behavior, and they are sometimes not fully aware how dangerous it is to drink and ride a motorcycle. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), about 46% of riders who are killed in road accidents have alcohol in their system when they die.

Why riding a motorcycle when drunk is dangerous

Motorcyclists comparatively have a higher chance to be involved in a fatal collision with a fixed object than other types of vehicle on the road. Due to this fact, motorcyclists need to practice extra caution and avoid riding even after “only a couple of beers.”

When you are drunk, your judgment is compromised and that’s why accidents happen. Furthermore, when you get drunk and get into an accident, this makes it difficult for motorcycle accident attorneys to defend your claim.

A significant percentage of single vehicle motorcycle accidents occur because of alcohol, and most of them are the rider’s own fault. When riders are drunk, they tend to make worse decisions – and one bad decision can lead to your last decision. This is why riding drunk should be avoided at all costs.

How alcohol affects your ability to ride motorcycle

It is a well established fact that alcohol use and riding is a lethal combination. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support this fact. Even with a BAC as low as 0.01 percent, a rider’s judgments are considerably reduced, and they become less critical of their actions.

Use of alcohol affects our sensory stimuli and inhibitions diminish. As a result, many cyclists like riding when drunk because it feels more fun and less dangerous. What they don’t realize is that their abilities to stay upright have been decreased considerably.

At 0.05 to 0.07% BAC your thinking and reasoning powers as well as your ability to perform complex skills are diminished significantly. When the legal limit of 0.08 % BAC is reached, our reasoning powers are almost gone completely and we don’t have the ability to perform even the simplest tasks correctly.

Reasons why people drink and ride motorcycles

Despite all the awareness campaigns, many riders still think it is alright to be drunk and ride motorcycle. Many young riders falsely believe they can handle alcohol. Riding motorcycles to bars is a phenomenon in the American motorcycle scene that unfortunately has deep roots in our culture.

Because alcohol decreases our abilities, we cannot trust our judgment when we’re inebriated. When we’re drunk, we tend to have false confidence. And false confidence can be dangerous when your life is on the line. With alcohol use, riders are more likely to speed and make reckless maneuvers, which can – and often does – lead to a serious crash.


In order to ensure your safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road, drinking before riding should be avoided. It is a proven fact that accidents are more likely when riders have alcohol in their system.

This information has been brought to you by the motorcycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. Since 2007, we have represented thousands of riders, winning more than $100,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements. If you have been in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, call us at 1-800-52-CRASH. We offer FREE case evaluations.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017