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Where, when and why do fatal motorcycle accidents happen?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2021 | motorcycle accidents

Because riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, it may be impossible to keep your son off one. Still, as a parent, you likely always have your child’s safety in the back of your mind. Understanding where, when and how fatal motorcycle accidents occur may put your mind at ease.

The National Safety Council has released some information about fatal motorcycle crashes in 2019. Some of the statistics you may expect, while others may surprise you.

Where do fatal motorcycle accidents usually happen?

In 2019, more than 60% of fatal motorcycle accidents happened in urban areas, with the remaining ones happen in rural settings. While traffic congestion may help explain the discrepancy, it is important to note many fatal motorcycle crashes in rural places were single-vehicle accidents.

When do fatal motorcycle accidents usually occur?

Almost 90% of fatal motorcycle wrecks in 2019 occurred on clear days, with about 2% happening in rain or fog. That year, the number of motorcycle traffic deaths was roughly the same during the day and night, helping to dispel the myth that most catastrophic crashes occur in low lighting.

Why do fatal motorcycle accidents happen?

Wearing protective gear is one of the more effective ways to stay safe behind the handlebars of a motorcycle. Nevertheless, in 2019, helmeted riders accounted for almost 60% of all motorcycle fatalities. This is likely due to the number of helmet laws across the country. Rider intoxication also played a role in about 29% of fatal accidents.

As the NSC’s statistics make clear, fatal motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, at any time for many different reasons. Ultimately, if someone causes or contributes to a fatal motorcycle accident that affects your life, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.