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What is the deadliest time of day for motorcyclists?

Posted on November 2, 2015

In a past post, we talked about how truck accident fatalities tend to peak at a certain time of the day. In today’s post, we’ll talk about what time of day motorcyclist deaths peak here in the United States.

Unfortunately, roads here in the U.S. see quite a few motorcyclist fatalities. It is estimated that, in 2013, 4,381 motorcyclist traffic deaths occurred in the country.

The motorcyclist fatality statistics from that year indicate that what the deadliest time of day for motorcyclists is differs between the weekend and the rest of the week. For the purposes of these statistics, “weekend” is defined as the period going from 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday.

According to the statistics, during the weekend, the part of the day which had the highest percentage of motorcyclist deaths was the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. period. Around 23 percent of weekend motorcyclist fatalities in 2013 occurred during this time period.

When it came to non-weekends, the statistics indicate that 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. was the time period that saw the most motorcyclist fatalities. This time period accounted for 21 percent of non-weekend motorcyclist deaths in 2013.

Thus, it appears that late afternoons during the week and evenings on weekends are particularly deadly times for motorcyclists.

What do you think causes motorcyclist fatalities to peak at these times? In your opinion, what particular motorcyclist safety issues do these times of the day raise? What traffic safety and motorcycle accident prevention steps do you think it is important for motorcyclists and drivers to take during these times of day?

What time of day a fatal motorcycle accident occurred is one of the many things that can impact what sorts of details can be important ones to look into when it comes to investigating accident cause, as different times of the day can raise different traffic safety concerns. Skilled traffic accident attorneys understand how the various specifics of an accident, including when it occurred, can impact what’s important in accident investigations. Such attorneys can help families of motorcyclists killed in accidents with trying to get to the bottom of how the accident that took their loved one’s life occurred and who/what is responsible.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Highway Loss Data Institute, “Motorcycles and ATVs – Fatality Facts,” Accessed Nov. 2, 2015