Fatal motorcycle accidents can happen at any time of day. You always need to be careful when you ride and remember that other drivers cause most of these crashes. The biggest threat you face is from those around you.
That being said, knowing when most of these accidents happen can help you to avoid some of the most dangerous times on the road. So, when are those high-risk times?
6 p.m. to 9 p.m carries the highest risk
It’s easy to assume that accidents may happen more at night, but remember that traffic levels are also down. The real risk is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is when just over 21% of all fatal motorcycle accidents happen. Dusk can be very dangerous because it reduces visibility and a bike could blend into the falling shadows, especially if riding without a light.
The next highest risk is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. when 20.4% of these fatal crashes happen. This is followed by noon to 3 p.m., with 16.2% of the deadly crashes.
One thing you may be able to infer from this data is simply that people are more likely to ride their bikes in the afternoon. The overall crash statistics may spike because that’s when the traffic levels are highest. This doesn’t mean other times pose less of a risk, but it’s worth noting if you’re going out for a ride.
What if you do get injured in a motorcycle wreck?
Just knowing when accidents are likely can’t always prevent them. If someone hits you and you suffer serious injuries, then you must know what steps to take to seek compensation for your losses.