Alpharetta Motorcycle Collisions Caused By Drug Use
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,612 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2011. Nearly half of all motorcycles that were involved in fatal motorcycle crashes collided with another vehicle.
Motorcyclists Under the Influence of Drugs in Georgia
Motorcyclists under the influence of alcohol are dangerous because their physical, mental, and emotional conditions are impaired. A Georgia motorcyclist who rides under the influence is also breaking the law. But alcohol is not the only substance which is dangerous when motorcycling. Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medication as well as herbal supplements can cause impaired riding. Medications and supplements can on their own, or in combination, cause many side-effects including:
- poor coordination
- erratic and aggressive behavior
- tremors or shaking
- over- confidence leading to taking unneeded risks
- blurred vision
- inability to pay attention or stay focused
- severe nausea
- panic attacks.
When some medications and supplements are combined with each other and/or alcohol these conditions may intensify severely. This problem exists for motorcyclists of all ages but becomes even a greater problem for older adults, as when people age they become more susceptible to medication side effects and related problems.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse  confirms that the effects of specific drugs differ depending on how they act in the brain. For example, marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease motor coordination. Motorcyclists who have used cocaine or methamphetamine can be aggressive and reckless when riding. Certain kinds of sedatives, called benzodiazepines, can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can lead to accidents. Further, research studies have shown negative effects of marijuana on riders, including an increase in lane weaving and poor reaction time and attention to the road. Use of alcohol with marijuana makes riders more impaired, causing even more lane weaving and increased impaired motorcycling.
Driving Under the Influence Statistics in Alpharetta
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides:
- In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That is one percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each
- Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.
- Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
Fulton County motorcyclists should never get on a bike impaired, whether as a result of prescription drug use and/or illegal drugs. Many prescription drugs even specify that the patient must avoid or use extra precautions in operating a motor vehicle. If you are taking prescription drugs or have even used illegal drugs, it is important not to ride a motorcycle until the effects of the drugs are gone.
Contact an Alpharetta Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are a tragic event. For those who have suffered physical or emotional injury as a result of a motorcycle accident or those who have lost a loved one as the result of a motorcycle accident, the effects are devastating. Although no amount of money can erase the pain or trauma of these occurrences, an experienced Alpharetta motorcycle accident attorney can help victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses.