While motorcycles can boast speed and maneuverability, they lack the safety provided by an enclosed vehicle. Motorcycles are a fast, exciting mode of transportation, but even a simple miscalculation can end in disaster.
It is not uncommon for riders to suffer brain trauma, spinal cord damage and amputation as a result of a vehicle collision. Unfortunately, numerous motorcycle wrecks end in rider fatality. With an astonishing amount of data available, many organizations use information in an attempt at keeping riders safe. The Insurance Information Institute has broken down when fatal motorcycle accidents occur. The information is organized in three-hour blocks of time over both weekday and weekend days. There are two interesting pieces of information:
- The single most dangerous time was 3 pm to 6 pm on the weekdays. This makes sense as it encompasses the evening commute when most people are on the road attempting to get from work back home. More vehicles on the road generally equals more accidents. Additionally, during the fall and winter months, the sun is going down during that time leading to visual challenges. This block of time accounted for 641 fatalities.
- The most dangerous block of time over the weekend was 6 pm to 9 pm. This three-hour chunk of time accounted for 568 fatalities. It’s possible that the combination of the darkening sky and weekend freedom results in a significant amount of fatal crashes.
In general, 3 pm to 9 pm over the course of the entire week accounted for nearly 45% of all fatal accidents over the course of 2018.
Unfortunately, riders are only protected by helmets and heavy clothing. In the event of a collision – whether with another vehicle or a stationary object – these riders can suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck caused by road debris, distracted motorists or other negligence, it is wise to seek guidance for your monetary compensation.