Motorbike accidents can and do occur any time, but in some times of the day, the possibility of being part of one drastically goes up. You cannot always avoid riding in these times when the risk for an accident is high, but you should know the hazards and ride much more safely.
When Is Riding a Motorbike Least Safe?
As per accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most fatal accidents happen between 03:00 pm and 12:00 pm on weekends. The possibility of entering a fatal collision is more than double from 03:00 pm to 09:00 pm, a period where 42% of fatalities happen.
The tendency for non-fatal motorbike crashes follows a comparable pattern. The Administration found that over 21,000 injurious motorbike accidents happened in the same period. That is almost 25% of all injury-causing collisions that occur throughout the week. Riding a motorcycle is the most dangerous any day between 03:00 pm and 09:00 pm.
Weekday Stats Skew the Accident Risk
The above-mentioned numbers do not give a clear idea about the risk which riders actually face in the weekend. Many more crashes occur in the week, but there is an even greater concentration of collisions on weekends. Those NHTSA statistics reveal that 2015 saw more than 2,400 fatal motorbike accidents during the weekend days compared to 2,556 during the whole week. That is almost the same number of fatalities happening in only two days.
The Reasons for This Fatal Time Crunch
Knowing that almost every motorcycle accident happens from 03:00 to 09:00 pm is not enough. You should understand the causative elements behind this combination of motorbike accidents. The combination of things that leads to this phenomenon includes the following.
Rush Hour Traffic
A large number of individuals go back home from their workplaces between 03:00 pm and 06:00 pm. It is among the busiest times across America in terms of traffic on main highways. Naturally, more traffic translates to more danger. It can mean frustration, bad decisions, aggressiveness, and other such behaviors which increase the possibility of motorbike accidents in this period. When possible, change your commute to avoid riding in rush hour and a potential accident.
Rush hour is a risk factor, but not the only one. It is likely for riding conditions to quickly deteriorate as the sun sets and it becomes a cooler atmosphere. In this time, the fog rolls off the sea, when snow, mixed precipitation and rain are likelier to fall as the asphalt temperature changes. If riders are not ready to, or they cannot respond to such atmospheric changes, then they could lose control of the bike.
It is unfortunate that between 03:00 pm and 12:00 pm, there are more impaired drivers than at other times on the road. As per NHTSA’s accident information, alcohol-involved deadly crashes increases from just below 4,000 from 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm to nearly 5,000 from 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm. This increase stays steady up to about 12:00 pm, which is when these numbers start to come down again. Unsurprisingly, the period when a greater number of motorbike accidents occur coincides with the impaired driver period. This is one of the popular times to ride, so if you cannot avoid hitting the road this time, then stay visible and vigilant.
This period when the majority of motorbike accidents happen coincides with sun setting. In addition to driver impairment and speed, another common factor that contributes to motorbike collisions in California is decreased visibility. Therefore, bike riders are told to wear bright-colored clothing, leave lots of space to maneuver between cars, use the lights properly, and think that other motorists do not spot them always.
You Must Do What Is Needed to Ensure Everyone’s Safety
In an ideal world, one could just stay home to avoid motorbike accidents at these risky periods, but this is not how things are done. The second best thing to do is to know the common reasons for and the factors that contribute to motorbike accidents, and what can be done to avoid these collisions.
Several motorcycle accidents involve some rider responsibility aspects, but remember that other drivers are at fault in 60% of these collisions. It is not at all your fault when:
- An automobile driver does not see you;
- He or she behaves aggressively or angrily during a jam; and,
- He or she chooses to drive when impaired.
As a motorcycle accident victim, you have legal rights and may be able to seek compensation for damages from those who caused your injuries. When your accident happened will not affect your right to sue. Speak to a vehicle accident lawyer to clarify whether you have the right to do so.