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How many drunk motorcyclists pass away in single-vehicle wrecks?

Motorcycle accidents have a variety of causes, whether someone is struck by a distracted or drowsy driver while they are riding their motorcycle or someone is hit by a truck driver who lost control because of poor road conditions. Unfortunately, some motorcycle crashes are caused by motorcyclists’ poor decisions, placing their lives at risk and the lives of other people on the road also. For example, some people choose to operate their motorcycle after consuming alcohol, a problem that may have been more widespread over the recent Memorial Day weekend.

There are a number of risk factors to keep in mind when it comes to motorcycle crashes, from poor visibility to inadequate helmets and heavy traffic. However, alcohol intoxication on the road is especially concerning and many motorcyclists have been hurt or killed because they were under the influence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the course of 2014, 43 percent of the motorcyclists who passed away in a single-vehicle wreck were under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. Furthermore, accident data from 2014 shows that motorcyclist fatalities happened 27 times more often in comparison to fatal accidents involving the drivers of other types of vehicles.

It is important to keep in mind that motorcyclists may also be involved in a drunk driving accident because another driver is under the influence. For example, someone driving a car or truck while intoxicated may have more difficulty noticing a motorcyclist and slam into them, claiming their life or causing a significant injury.

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