When Do Most Motorcycle Crashes Happen?

From helmet use to alcohol impairment, the Insurance Information Institute shared statistics on motorcycle crashes between 2011 and 2020. Here are highlights of what they found:

  • Motorcyclist fatalities are currently at the highest rate in nine years. Fatality rates came in at 31.64 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2020, versus 24.97 in 2011. There were 5,579 deaths in 2020, up from 5,044 the previous year. That’s with 278,951 fewer registered motorcycles in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Motorcyclists are more likely to be killed from 3 to 6 pm on a weekday. The second most dangerous time to travel by motorcycle was from 6 pm to 9 pm on a weekend. The safest time to travel was between 6 am and 9 am on a weekend, presumably because there were fewer vehicles on the road. Just 2.4% of the motorcycle fatalities happened during those early weekend hours.
  • Occupant fatalities were up 22.3%. Compare that to occupant deaths in passenger cars which were up 14.1%, and occupant fatalities in light trucks which were down 12% over that same period.
  • Motorcycles make up a greater percentage of fatal crashes. In 2020, motorcycles were involved in 68.71 crashes per 100,000 registered vehicles. By contrast, passenger cars represented just 16.71 per 100,000 registered vehicles.
  • Alcohol sometimes played a role. In 2020, 27% of the motorcyclists had a blood alcohol count (BAC) of 0.08 and 34 percent had a BAC of 0.01%.
  • Not all accidents result in fatalities. Motorcycle injuries ranged from a low of 408 in 2018 to a high of 511 in 2016 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The injury rate in 2020 was 468 on that same scale, representing 992 injuries per 100,000 registered motorcycles.

Sometimes another driver can cause an accident; sometimes a mechanical failure or product malfunction can be the culprit. The bottom line is – if you suffered injuries or losses in an accident and believe you were not at fault, you may wish to speak with a top motorcycle accident attorney in Pennsylvania. Please reach out to us to discuss the details and see if we can help.