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Drunk Driving On A Motorcycle: 14 Cues To Determine DUI

Updated on: 11/7/2019

Motorcycle accident caused by DUI

Motorcycles can be dangerous as is – without any substance abuse or roadway obstacles. If you decide to hop on your motorcycle after a few drinks, prepare for the consequences.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of cues they look for at night, which helps to target drunk drivers – especially those injured in motorcycle accidents.

'Excellent' Cues

These cues signify there is a 50 percent or greater probability that the driver is intoxicated:

  • Inattentive to surroundings
  • Trouble with dismount
  • Drifting during turn or curve
  • Trouble with balance at a stop
  • Inappropriate or unusual behavior (e.g., carrying or dropping object, urinating at roadside, disorderly conduct, etc.)
  • Turning problems (e.g., unsteady, sudden corrections, late braking, improper lean angle)
  • Weaving

'Good' Cues

These cues signify there is a 30 to 50 percent probability that the driver is intoxicated:

  • Running stop light or sign
  • Evasion
  • Operating without lights at night
  • Recklessness
  • Following too closely
  • Erratic movements while going straight
  • Wrong way

If you witness any of these motions by a motorcyclist, you should call 911 immediately. Attorney Chris Davis handles many DUI and motorcycle accidents. We support MADD Washington by donating $500 for each DUI accident case that is closed. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle crash or DUI collision, call Mr. Davis at Davis Law Group, P.S., at (206) 727-4000 to schedule a free consultation.

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