Do Motorcycle Accidents Increase in the Summer Months?

Do Motorcycle Accidents Increase in the Summer Months?

Motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous than traditional passenger vehicle accidents, as motorcycles lack the same protection that cars provide. As such, thousands of motorcycle accidents occur each year, many of them resulting in fatalities. In fact, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2016; Florida was the state with the most motorcycle fatalities that year at 586.

Read on to learn when and how motorcycle accidents happen to stay safe on the road.

When Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 60% of motorcycle accidents happen from May through September. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that many people go on vacation or travel during the summer, which means more cars will be on the roadway. More congested traffic increases the likelihood of accidents.

Additionally, instances of drinking and driving spike on certain holidays during this time period, like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, which also makes accidents more likely to occur.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are trends among the locations of motorcycle accidents, including the following:

  • 57% of motorcycle fatalities occur in urban areas, compared to 43% in rural areas.

  • 66% of motorcycle fatalities occur in non-intersection locations, compared to 34% in intersections.

  • 59% of motorcycle fatalities occur during daylight hours.

  • 97% of motorcycle fatalities occur during clear weather conditions.

  • 91% of motorcycle accidents occur on non-interstate roads, compared to 9% on interstates.

Statistically, most motorcycle accidents and fatalities occur during the summer months, in urban areas, on non-interstate roads, during daylight hours, and in clear weather conditions.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, we can help protect your rights. At Roman & Gaynor, our motorcycle accident attorneys have recovered more than $75 million in compensation for clients, and we’re prepared to fight for you.

Contact Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212 for a consultation today.

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