Like most Americans, you probably spend some time celebrating with friends and family with a few alcoholic beverages. Likewise, most people spend times of sorrow having drinks alone or with others. Perhaps you even are accustomed to having a few drinks with your friends for happy hour after work. Whatever the cause or occasion, alcohol has become a part of everyday living in America.
Many times we consume alcoholic beverages away from home. This means we have to make a choice of whether to drive our vehicles. For Green Bay motorcycle riders, a wreck can easily be fatal, alcohol or not. The statistics on alcohol-related Wisconsin bike wrecks are scary. Some of these numbers are:
- Alcohol and/or speed were the main cause for 70 percent of fatal single-unit motorcycle crashes in 2010.
- There were 224 alcohol-related Wisconsin motorcycle accidents in 2010.
- Out of the 224 wrecks, 190—or 84.8 percent—occurred between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Alcohol-related accidents are the number one preventable motorcycle accident.
As you can see, alcohol and motorcycles are not a good combination. Even one drink can undermine your ability to drive safely. In addition to the safety risks to yourself and to others, driving a motorcycle after drinking in Wisconsin carries serious legal penalties.
If you have been involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident in Wisconsin, it is important to know your rights. Contact a Green Bay motorcycle crash lawyer at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Call us toll-free at 800-800-5678, and you can also request a FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.