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Risk factors associated with fatal motorcycle crashes

Characterizing a motorcycle crash goes beyond considering the behavior of all parties involved. Multiple factors can affect how each scenario plays out and increase the likelihood of deadly outcomes. Riders can watch out for these critical elements to keep their trips safe and fun.

Checking road conditions

During their trips, motorcyclists must keep their focus, maintain the appropriate speed and wear protective gear. However, aside from these considerations, checking road conditions is also paramount.

Thus, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2021 study reiterates that the following risk factors can contribute to motorcycle fatality accidents:

  • Type of land: 67% of deaths occur in urban locations, while rural areas account for 33%
  • Time of day: 57% of deaths occur during daytime, 39% when it is dark, and the remaining percentage at dusk and dawn
  • Road classification: 92% of deaths occur on noninterstate roads, while interstates account for 8%
  • Particular position: 65% of deaths occur in nonintersecting points, while intersections account for 35%
  • Atmospheric state: 97% of deaths occur in clear or cloudy weather, 2% when it is raining and 1% for other weather patterns, such as snow, fog or sleet

These circumstances affect motorcycle collisions differently. For example, metropolitan regions tend to have more people relying on their motorcycles for transport. With more riders on the road, the chances of getting into a crash can also grow. Additionally, snow, rain or fog can make the ground slippery, restrict a rider’s visibility, and influence the motorcycle’s braking and steering controls.

Driving safely regardless of existing settings

Ultimately, it comes down to how riders adapt, respond or behave in ever-changing environments. The same principle applies to drivers of other motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Aside from strictly following laws – wearing helmets or seat belts, and operating within allowable speed – all road users can do their part in being more aware of their surroundings. Doing so can reduce catastrophic consequences. However, when life-changing tragedy strikes, victims often feel vulnerable. Their Indiana legal counsel can reassure them of their options and work toward the results they need to return to their adventures in no time.