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Understanding Motorcycle Crash Risks

In general, motorcyclists are more at risk of being involved in a crash since motorcycles have obvious safety disadvantages compared to other vehicles on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) gathered stats that point to the days and times that motorcycle crashes happen the most. Here’s what you need to know.

Most Motorcycle Crashes Happen on the Weekend

According to the NHTSA’s latest data from 2016, more motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes during the weekdays (6 a.m. Monday to 5:59 p.m. Friday) than on the weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Monday). The following number of deaths were reported:

  • Weekday: 2,793 deaths
  • Weekend: 2,481 deaths

However, the NHTSA reported that In 2016, the 50-and-older age group had the highest rate of motorcycle crash fatalities during the weekend (6.9%) versus the weekday (4.4%).

When to Avoid the Roadways

While the above statistics may point to weekdays being the deadliest of days for motorcyclists in general, that doesn’t mean you should limit your rides weekends only. You can still enjoy a ride if you avoid the roadways during inclement weather and follow these safety tips:

  • Practice defensive riding
  • Don’t drink and ride
  • Follow traffic rules
  • Give your bike a pre-trip inspection
  • Wear appropriate clothing such as boots and gloves
  • Wear proper safety gear such as a helmet and protective goggles

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? We Can Help

Even if you drive defensively and wear a helmet, without seatbelts and airbag protections, you are at risk of sustaining severe injuries after a crash — no matter what time of day it is.

If you were injured in a motorcycle crash due to another’s negligence, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are here to help and guide you every step of the way. From medical bills to lost wages, we’ll fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation.

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