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When you go out on a motorcycle, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the careless or negligent actions of other drivers to cause motorcycle accidents in the state of California. Here, our experienced injury lawyer in Orange County discuss the time of day that most motorcycle accidents actually occur. Believe it or not, these incidents can be relatively predictable. Even though motorcycle accidents can occur at any time of the day, we want to examine when they are more likely to occur on the roadways of California.
Data available from the California Office of Traffic Safety shows that there were nearly 13,000 motorcyclists injured as a result of vehicle crashes during the latest reporting year across the state. Unfortunately, 474 motorcyclists lost their lives as a result of vehicle collisions during that same year.
But when is it most dangerous to operate a motorcycle?
Research available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that the majority of motorcycle accidents occur during certain time frames. Overall, motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur on weekend evenings and nights between the hours of 3:00 PM and midnight.
However, we need to look further into this data to fully examine the risks that motorcyclists face, in particular, between the hours of 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
The NHTSA says that there is a 42% increase in motorcyclist fatalities during the six-hour time frame from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Every motorcyclist in California should be aware that this is when they face and most risk of sustaining a severe injury on the roadways.
The data from the NHTSA shows us that motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries are skewed towards the weekends. Across the country, there is a significant increase in the number of injuries and fatal motorcycle crashes over the two-day weekend compared to these types of incidents that occur throughout the course of regular weekdays. Nearly the same amount of total motorcyclist fatalities happen on the weekends as do all other weekdays combined.