When Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?March 8, 2017 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury | Share
Since Florida has year-round good weather for outside activities, there is no question it is a Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts. There are so many motorcyclists on our roads and highways that motor vehicle drivers are reminded to be alert even more so on weekend evenings when motorcycle accidents are most prevalent.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):
- 52 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekend nights, with the highest proportion occurring between 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- 5 percent of motorcycle accidents are fatal.
- Motorcyclists over the age of 40 account for 54 percent of all motorcyclist’ fatalities.
Who is typically at fault?
A 2013 study by University of South Florida researchers found that 60 percent of the time motorists in other vehicles are at fault when they collide with motorcycles. Because of their smaller profiles, motorists need to be more vigilant.
Since motorcyclists do not have the luxury of seatbelts, crumple zone bumpers or lane assistance technology, they are exposed to many dangers which include being thrown off their bikes into other vehicles or objects.
What are the top 3 types of accidents between motorcycles and cars?
- Head-on collisions
The National Safety Council (NSC) says that 78 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents happen when a car strikes a motorcycle head-on. These accidents can cause motorcyclists to become airborne.
The NSC recommends the “Four Rs” for motorcyclists when trying to avoid a head-on collision with another vehicle:
- Read or scan the road ahead for obstacles
- Drive to the right outside lane
- Reduce speed
- Ride off the road onto the shoulder or the grass
- Car turns left in front of motorcycles
42 percent of all accidents involving cars and motorcycles are a result of a car making a left-hand turn. These collisions usually happen when motorcyclists are going through an intersection, attempting to pass or overtake a car.
- Car pulls into motorcycle’s lane
Motorists need to watch out for motorcyclists even when they may be obstructed in blind spots. When cars may be changing lanes, motorcyclists can look at signs which may indicate a car is about to change lanes. These are turns signals, wheels beginning to turn and when drivers begin to check their mirrors. Ridepart.com also recommends that motorcyclists be aware of blind spots and spend as little time as possible in them.
“Motorcycle accidents can cause major bodily harm, expense not only medical bills but also lost wages, and affect the quality of life. When a motorcycle accident was caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, obtaining fair compensation is easier when you work with an experienced personal injury attorney. Please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. We have assisted many victims of motorcycle accidents who have been injured,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney.
Ft. Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.