Motorcyclists in the State of Wisconsin, along with the rest of the country, find many dangerous obstacles while on the road. Although you wear a helmet and other protective clothing on your body, that won’t stand a chance against a collision. With so few protective barriers, collisions involving motorcycles often end in a fatal outcome, either involving serious injuries or worse.
Accidents involving motorcycles are terrible. The accidents involving a fatality are even worse. However, if the other motorist has been suspected of a DUI, the accident becomes much more stressful and severe regarding potential consequences. Believe it or not, this sort of thing happens quite often in the world, Wisconsin included.
This incident occurred in Wisconsin, and it even has a lesson to be learned. Late in July of this year, one woman caused a serious accident of the nature mentioned above. The accident claimed the life of an unsuspecting motorcyclist that was going on his merry way.
During a normal drive, a motorcycle, and a car were in the wrong place at the wrong time, at the same time. A woman was the driver of the car, and a man was driving the motorcycle. The woman reportedly crossed the road into oncoming traffic. She swerved and veered on the wrong side of the road, where she then proceeded to hit a man in a head-on collision. The man was driving the motorcycle just like any other day.
The man was quickly airlifted to a waiting medical facility for the treatment of his wounds and injuries, which were extensive and eventually fatal. However, the emergency personnel who was first on the scene report, much to their dismay, that the man died in transit to the hospital. He went all day without knowing what would come to him later, and the woman had some serious explaining to do. An accident of this nature does not go without consequence.
The accident is mind-boggling enough alone, but with a certain element coming into light, the accident is even more appalling. Police from the Wisconsin town have reported about the terrible accident later by saying that the woman, who had been driving the car, admitted to the accident. In a panic, she even requested that the police take her into custody because of it. They took her to the station and began to question her as well as run tests. When they tested her for blood alcohol content, her levels were at a .30, well over the legal driving limit. In Wisconsin, they take these serious facts into consideration of the accident.
Not only was her blood alcohol content over the legal limit, but this was not her first charge either. Things were not looking good for the driver of the car that day. She, reportedly, has had two other OWI convictions on her record, and she is also facing various charges because of the fatal accident involving herself and the man on the motorcycle. One of the charges the woman faces includes a drunk driving offense, which is her third offense on her record. You can imagine the severity of her charge after the police found out this information.
There are many penalties for DUI accidents and charges, none of which are minor. These types of charges are not taken lightly because of the severe threat they pose toward other drivers on the road as well as the intoxicated drivers themselves. The DUI charges increase in severity as well, and since she has two other charges, the conviction will be serious. This, with the added fatal accident, has serious repercussions for the woman who was behind the wheel that day. The woman does have a chance to defend herself in court, by the law of course. A defense attorney might even be able to help her avoid conviction for the woman, but it stands to reason that driving under intoxication is serious and life-threatening. The woman, whose final charges are still unknown to the public, has the chance to face life in prison because of her reckless actions.
What is not found in the recollection of the fatal accident is the turmoil after the fact, not only for the family of the deceased but even for the woman herself. It is safe to say that the motorcyclist probably left a family of some kind behind. He probably had friends. The mourning for this loss of life is only heightened by the events surrounding his death. It could have been avoided.
For the woman, she will be faced with this terrible thought for the rest of her life. The death of this man will hang over her head. It is possible that the woman was also feeling turmoil after the accident since she knew what she had done and turned herself into the police in this Wisconsin town. Her reckless actions took a life that day, and she will live with that guilt for the rest of her life.
When looking at the facts of this accident, there are a few things to consider before hopping back into your car and driving down the road. Motorcycles are not as safe as they seem. You always take a risk when riding one on the roads. Also, driving is difficult anyway, but with the mix of alcohol or drugs, driving becomes a huge hazard.
Not only is driving under intoxication dangerous for other drivers on the road, but it is dangerous for the one doing the driving. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death, and DUIs play a huge role in this statistic. It is always safe to relinquish your driving after you have been drinking. Call a cab, call an Uber, or find another ride back home. Remember to keep yourself and everyone else safe by not drinking and driving.