Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Motorcyclists don’t enjoy the protection of a shell around them as motorists do. Their smaller size is no match for larger and heavier cars and trucks. Their narrow profile makes it difficult for many drivers to see them as well. When motorcycle crashes are discussed, though, one risk factor that’s rarely mentioned is the day of the week and time these crashes are most apt to occur.
According to data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute (III) in 2015, a motorcyclist’s risk of getting injured or killed while out on the road depends on whether they’re riding during the week or weekend and what time of the day it is.
Data shows that motorcyclists are most apt to get hurt out on the road when they operate their motorbikes between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. At least 27.5 percent of all injury crashes during the week occur during that time frame. The three-hour window prior to and after that rank second and third for the highest amount of injury crashes.
Motorcyclists are most prone to get hurt on the weekend in between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. More than 28 percent of all crashes occur during this three-hour window. The six hours preceding that time frame rank second and third for being the most injury prone on the weekends.
As for death rates, motorcyclists are most apt to die on weekdays during the same time frames that they’re likely to be injured. In 2015, some 606 bikers died during 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Motorcyclists were most vulnerable to being killed between 6:00 to 9:00 pm. on the weekends, the same window during which they were likely to be injured. In 2015, some 595 motorcyclists were killed during this time frame.
Increased traffic and decreased visibility are two reasons motorcyclists are at such high risk for getting hurt during these time frames. The faster one is going at the time of a crash, the more likely they are to suffer more serious injuries. A heavy vehicle can cause significant damage if it’s traveling at a low rate of speed, however.
Victims of motorcycle crashes may be able to recover medical or funeral costs. A Los Angeles motorcycle accidents attorney can let you know the type of compensation to which you may be entitled.