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What day and time of day are motorcycle deaths occurring?

Due to the terrible nature of motorcycle accident deaths, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been recording motorcycle accident death statistics since as early as the 1970s. What these statistics do is to help determine patterns in statistics and behavior that can hopefully help promote better behavior and safety standards to keep motorcyclists alive.

In 2013 there were 4,381 motorcyclist deaths nationally. Of those motorcycle accident resulting in fatalities, 62 percent occurred between the months of May and September.

This is no surprise because this is the most popular riding months for motorcyclists due to weather conditions. However, what many may not know is that half of all motorcycle deaths occurred on weekends. This means that two days of the week (Saturday and Sunday) were most deadly for crashes, with most fatalities occurring at night.

If motorcyclists are aware of when deadly motorcycle accidents occur, they may choose when and where to ride based on known statistics. For example, a motorcyclist may choose to only ride on weekdays during daylight hours due to the known fatality statistics just discussed.

But, statistics aside, no motorcyclist should lost their life due to the decision of a negligent driver. Despite what time of day a motorcyclist is traveling, if a motorcyclist loses their life unexpectedly due to the poor driving decisions of another, there is means to seek reparations for that mistake.

Of course, a motorcyclist could be at the wrong place, at the wrong time any day of the week at any time. However, statistically there are more dangerous times for motorcyclists to be on the road. This is due to a variety of factors, but negligent drivers are always present on Reno’s roads. Sometimes motorcyclists do not see these drivers until it is too late.

Source: iihs.org, “Motorcycles and ATV’s,” Accessed Oct. 12, 2015

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