Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that DUI-related motorcycle accidents have decreased in the Washington, DC area in the past six years. The greatest decreases have been in DUI-related motorcycle accidents that caused death.
In 2008, the most recent year for which NHTSA has completed its statistical analysis, five motorists in DC were killed in accidents involving both a motorcycle and a person driving under the influence of alcohol. The statistics do not show which party in each accident was driving under the influence, nor which party was killed. However, the number of DUI-related motorcycle accidents has decreased significantly from 2004, in which twenty-one such accidents resulted in deaths.
NHTSA has released a preliminary report discussing traffic safety statistics from 2009, but the agency has not specified how many of 2009’s Washington, DC traffic accidents involved a drunk driver.
Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a charge that can be made against any motorist driving while under the influence of alcohol, whether that person is in a car or on a motorcycle. Furthermore, even sober motorcyclists are at greater risk than drunk drivers, both because motorcycles are harder to see than cars and also because motorcyclists’ bodies are less protected from collisions than are drivers in a car.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Maryland or Washington D.C., the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. Our Maryland and Maryland and Washington DC DUI lawyers will examine the details of your case and construct a strong defense that fully protects your rights and seeks the best possible outcome. Contact our offices at (866) 444-6363 for a free and confidential case evaluation.