When we talk about motorcycle accidents, we often think about speeding or bad weather, but other factors contribute to motorcycle fatalities. Speeding is a factor in 33 percent of motorcycle crashes. And wet weather is a factor in 61 percent of crashes. Another factor is that car drivers aren’t looking for motorcycles.
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According to a new study, speeding is a major contributor to many fatal motorcycle accidents. 33% of motorcycle fatal crashes involve speeding drivers. This figure is significantly higher than the 19% speeding rate of passenger car drivers. Motorcyclists need to obey speed limits, use proper lighting, and slow down when they need to perform evasive maneuvers.
Speeding increases the risk of collisions, putting the driver, passengers, and others in danger. While speeding is dangerous for drivers of any type of vehicle, it’s particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists have a higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash if they’ve had past speeding convictions. This is particularly true because they have a much greater chance of losing control of their motorcycle if they hit a pothole or other road obstacle. They may also not be able to stop in time.
While fewer accidents occur on roads in colder climates, inclement weather can still be a factor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 89% of motorcycle accidents occur under clear skies. Only 2% occurred on roads that were affected by rain or snow, and fog only contributed to 1% of accidents. A motorcyclist is 29 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than in any other type of vehicle, and they are four times more likely to be injured.
While it is true that a motorcycle is vulnerable to weather conditions, it is especially vulnerable in wet conditions. In addition to potholes and puddles, wet roads can pose additional dangers for motorcyclists. Additionally, changing road conditions can affect a motorcycle’s stopping distance more quickly.
The average person spends 108 weekdays and 60 weekend hours on the road. This gives them 4.5 days and 2.5 days off a year. However, compared to the weekdays, motorcycle fatalities are higher during the weekends. In 2019, over one-quarter of all traffic fatalities involved motorcyclists.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most motorcycle fatalities occur between the hours of three to nine p.m. on weekdays and three to six p.m. on weekends. In the middle of the night, a fifth of motorcycle crashes occur. This is due to heavy traffic. Motorcycle deaths also increase during rush hour and on weekends. It’s important to find alternate travel times.
It’s an unfortunate truth that car drivers don’t always see motorcycle riders. A recent study at Bournemouth University found that vehicle blind spots have grown larger each year. The lack of visibility is attributed to flaws in the way the brain processes information. But the good news is that motorcycle rider aren’t completely invisible, and you can avoid collisions with them by simply being aware of your surroundings.
In 2014, in New York State, there were 4,750 motorcycle crashes. Of these, 2,546 involved another vehicle. This is a staggering number and demonstrates the high risk of motorcycle collisions. Many of these collisions were caused by a car driver not seeing a motorcycle. In addition, it’s human nature to look for a single object, and this can make it difficult for drivers to notice a motorcycle.
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