Alcohol can severely impair a person’s judgment abilities, and his ability to make emergency maneuvers. Those abilities are dangerous enough when you are driving a motor vehicle. However, when you are riding on two wheels, those compromised abilities could actually result in a possibly fatal accident. When you are riding a motorcycle, you need all your faculties about you, and those faculties are dangerously impaired when you are driving under the influence of alcohol. Your vision may be blurred, your ability to judge a moving vehicle's speed or distance may be impaired, and you may also lose your ability to take emergency action to prevent an accident. All of these can severely increase your risk of being involved in an accident.
In fact, you don’t have to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% which is the legally permissible level in California, to have your riding abilities compromised. Even if you are riding after having had a couple of beverages, you may have a blood alcohol concentration of .01 % to .04%, and that blood-alcohol concentration can actually be sufficient to slow down your reaction times, and induce mental relaxation that can be dangerous for you.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a motorist, or any other third party, speak with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation. For assistance filing a claim, and to learn about your rights, schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.