Motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous than traditional passenger vehicle accidents, as motorcycles lack the same protection that cars provide. As such, thousands of motorcycle accidents occur each year, many of them resulting in fatalities. In fact, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2016; Florida was the state with the most motorcycle fatalities that year at 586.

Read on to learn when and how motorcycle accidents happen to stay safe on the road.

When Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 60% of motorcycle accidents happen from May through September. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that many people go on vacation or travel during the summer, which means more cars will be on the roadway. More congested traffic increases the likelihood of accidents.

Additionally, instances of drinking and driving spike on certain holidays during this time period, like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, which also makes accidents more likely to occur.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are trends among the locations of motorcycle accidents, including the following:

  • 57% of motorcycle fatalities occur in urban areas, compared to 43% in rural areas.

  • 66% of motorcycle fatalities occur in non-intersection locations, compared to 34% in intersections.

  • 59% of motorcycle fatalities occur during daylight hours.

  • 97% of motorcycle fatalities occur during clear weather conditions.

  • 91% of motorcycle accidents occur on non-interstate roads, compared to 9% on interstates.

Statistically, most motorcycle accidents and fatalities occur during the summer months, in urban areas, on non-interstate roads, during daylight hours, and in clear weather conditions.

Contact the Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442