A recent fatal San Jose motorcycle accident involving an intoxicated driver once again underscores the grave risk facing motorcyclists in San Jose and around California. According to reports, the motorcycle accident occurred when a car that was traveling in the northbound lanes, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
Investigators have managed to determine that alcohol was indeed a factor in the crash. The motorist is believed to be a 23 year old man, who also suffered injuries in the accident. This is the 22nd fatal accident in San Jose in 2013.
Of all the risks facing motorcyclists on California roads, some of the biggest involve intoxicated drivers. That’s because driving under the influence of alcohol results in aggressive driving practices that endanger the lives and safety of motorcyclists.
For instance, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are more likely to drive at excessive speeds, and this makes it difficult for them to control the car or brake in time to avoid a motorcyclist. Besides, drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to engage in reckless driving and aggressive driving, and very often, the targets of such aggression are motorcyclists.
Unfortunately, San Jose motorcycle accident lawyers find that there is nothing much that motorcyclists can do to avoid being struck by an intoxicated driver. In order to reduce the risks of being injured in an accident however, always wear a helmet while riding. Try to remain as visible as possible, by wearing brightly colored clothing and stick reflective tape on your clothing, helmet and motorcycle at night. Wear full sleeved pants and full sleeved shirts that are made of tough material, like leather or corduroy or denim.