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When Are The Most Dangerous Times to Ride a Motorcycle?

September 30, 2023

When Are The Most Dangerous Times to Ride a Motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving four-wheeled motor vehicles simply due to the fact that riders are more exposed, are not wearing seatbelts, are not protected with a steel frame, and are less stable since motorcycles only have two wheels. If you get into a motorcycle crash, you also have a higher risk of suffering devastating injuries or getting killed.

Whether you use your motorcycle for commuting to and from work or just enjoy riding it everywhere and at any time, you should know about the most dangerous times and situations to ride your bike.

It is More Dangerous to Ride Your Motorcycle During The Daytime and on Weekdays

Surprisingly, riding your motorcycle during the daytime can be more dangerous than riding at night. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (NHTSA), 57% of motorcycle crashes happened during the daytime, while only 39% of crashes occurred at night. 4% of motorcycle crashes occurred during dusk, and only 1% occurred during dawn.

Additionally, approximately half of motorcycle riders died in traffic accidents during the weekend. Riders who were killed in nighttime traffic crashes were also intoxicated more than those who were killed in daytime crashes.

Riding Your Motorcycle in The Rain is Also More Dangerous Than Riding When It’s Sunny

During inclement weather, driving any type of motor vehicle is always more dangerous. However, riding a motorcycle during inclement weather is even more dangerous. For instance, heavy rainfall might impact your minimum braking distance and ability to see the road more clearly.

Ensuring you have clear visibility and field of vision is crucial when riding in the rain. It should be effortless for you to effectively gauge your distance from other motor vehicles and objects around you. Anything that blocks your field of view will raise your risk of getting into a crash. 

All roadways will have some fuel, mud, debris, and oil on the surface. When it’s raining, especially after a dry spell, these can mix and make roadways more slippery and hazardous. Also, riding while it’s raining will require proper clothing. If your clothing becomes soaked because they are not waterproof, you could become uncomfortable and cold. Having to suffer through this discomfort while riding is dangerous because it might distract you from focusing all your attention on the road.

Get In Touch With a Seasoned Rutherford County Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

While motorcycle crashes can occur at any time and under various circumstances, certain times and road conditions can increase the risk of crashes exponentially. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact the Rutherford County motorcycle accident attorney at Raybin & Weissman to evaluate your legal options.

Even if you’re fortunate enough to evade death, you may be severely injured and need extensive, costly, and lengthy medical treatment. Our Rutherford County motorcycle accident attorney can guide you through the financial, medical, and legal challenges you are facing. Send us an online message or call 615-256-6666 to set up your free case review.