December 14, 2011
We all know how dangerous drinking and driving can be, but drinking and then getting on a motorcycle takes risky behavior to a whole other level. The Tribune-Star reported today that one motorcyclist who took his chances with drinking and biking lost the gamble Sunday night when he died after crashing his bike.
The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department reported the accident occurred at approximately 10:15 PM in the northbound lanes of Indiana 63. Deputies stated that upon arrival at the crash scene, they found the 40-year-old victim, from Cayuga, Indiana, on the shoulder of the road. They added that it appeared the biker had gone off the road and struck a guardrail before coming to rest. Detectives and deputies who are currently investigating the crash further did confirm that alcohol played a part in the single-vehicle crash.
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds an increasing number of motorcyclists aged 40-44 are dying in alcohol-related crashes. According to the CDC, the rate of older adults who have died in alcohol-related motorcycle crashes increased from 1.2 per 100,000 population in 1983 to 1.9 in 2003.
The Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind bikers that the dangers of drinking and driving are even greater on a motorcycle. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact an attorney today for a free initial consultation.