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High risk factors in motorcycle crashes

It is common knowledge that riding a motorcycle is dangerous, although fun. What may not be as common are the factors that increase the odds of an accident and injury.

Being aware of these risks can help you avoid an accident:

Time and place

The most dangerous time to be on the streets is on the weekends, particularly 6 to 9 p.m. Injuries and fatalities on weekdays are greatest during evening rush hour. Most accidents surprisingly occur on non-highway roads. Avoid these times, if possible, and be more vigilant on urban or rural streets. 


Although some motorists are guilty of drunk driving, motorcyclists had the most intoxicated drivers in 2015, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most drunk bikers involved in fatal collisions rode at night. Never get on your motorcycle after consuming alcohol. Even if an accident is not your fault, this detail can make it harder to prove your case.


Older riders suffer more injuries and fatalities due to decreased vision, slower reaction time and higher frailty. Older bikers also tend to use larger bikes that roll over more easily. Younger crowds favor racing bikes that encourage speeding, leading to the highest deaths among all motorcycle drivers, says the Insurance Information Institute


Operating a motorcycle is still predominantly a male activity, so men get into more crashes. Women who are in accidents tend to be passengers. It may be that men are also likelier to take risks.


Unfortunately, some bikers do not have the proper license. Riding a motorcycle is a skill that takes training and practice, so do not underestimate the importance of obtaining a license.

Other drivers

Of course, not every accident is the biker's fault. Sharing the road with other motorists comes with many challenges. Drivers may not see you or be safe and respectful around you. They may be drunk, drowsy or distracted. Additionally, they may stop abruptly or fail to use turn signals or follow signs and laws. As a result, you suffer more in an accident because of the difference in vehicle size and protection.

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