Motorcycle crashes: Where they happen, who they hurt

Western New York Personal Injury Law Blog

Western New York Personal Injury Law Blog

Motorcycle riders are already at an increased risk of catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash, which is why it is crucial to prevent them. This can start with knowing where they can be more likely to happen and who they are more likely to involve.

Where motorcycle crashes happen

Motorcycle crashes can happen at any time on any road. However, statistics reveal that they occur more in certain places and at certain times.

According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), most fatal motorcycle crashes happen:

  • In August (with other summer months having high numbers, as well)
  • Between 6 and 9 p.m. on weekends
  • Between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays
  • On major roads other than freeways and interstates
  • In urban areas (versus rural settings)
  • In clear conditions and good weather

Some of these statistics are unsurprising. After all, in places like New York, it makes sense that there are more motorcycles on the roads in the summer and when the weather is nice. 

However, it is still helpful to see this information because it highlights the fact that conditions need not be treacherous for riders to be at risk.

Who gets hurt?

Most crashes involving a motorcycle involve another vehicle, though motorcyclists are far more likely to die in a collision than people in cars and trucks. 

Further, fatal motorcycle crashes are more likely to involve:

  • Riders over 50 years old
  • Males
  • Riders wearing helmets
  • Riders on motorcycles with 0-1,000 cc sized engines (though fatal accidents involving riders with an engine larger than 1,400 cc have increased dramatically in recent years)
  • Intoxicated riders in single-vehicle crashes
  • Sober riders in multi-vehicle crashes

If you fall into any of these categories, it can be crucial to appreciate the fact that you could be at a higher risk of getting killed in a motorcycle crash than others. 

Protecting yourself on your ride

If you ride a motorcycle, you can use this information to protect yourself. Stay alert and make safe decisions. Make yourself visible and wear protective gear. Be cautious, even when the roads seem perfect. And if you are involved in a crash, getting medical and legal support immediately can be crucial.

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