When the weather is warm and the sun is out, it can be very inviting to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities. One of them is the motorcycle. Generally, when the weather is bad, like hail or rain, fewer motorcycles are on the roads. This makes sense because there isn’t much a rider has on a motorcycle to protect them from the elements. Although on a nice day riding on the open road with the abundant refreshing and pleasant air, it can be the perfect time to get out and enjoy a leisurely ride.
Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating, but it’s dangerous. And while car crashes can lead to injury and death in a collision, the risk to motorcyclists of sustaining injury in a crash far exceeds that of car occupants.
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How can warmer weather lead to motorcycle accidents?
Warmer, clearer weather is generally ideal for driving. This is the case between sunrise and sunset, both when the sun can be so intense and it is harder to see. However, when it is clear and there is no precipitation during the day, the risk of weather playing a role in a car accident is reduced. Even if this is true, it does not mean that accidents, even potentially catastrophic ones, cannot happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017 alone, 5,172 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes. These incidents accounted for 17% of all fatal driver-occupant crashes reported that year. Yet, even though motorcycle accidents can have such high mortality rates, their popularity continues to grow. From 2019 to 2020, the industry grew by 1.6%, and consumers in the United States bought motorcycles 67% more than in 2019.
Specifically, when the weather is particularly good, studies have shown that weekends are when there are significantly more reported motorcycle accidents. It is essential to note that it is not the warmer weather itself that causes motorcycle accidents. It’s just that there are usually more motorcyclists on the road when the weather is nice, and that’s the weekend. More drivers mean there is more risk of accidents. Additionally, weekends tend to be when people go out and gather for a drink, which means drinking alcohol can also contribute to more crashes. Drunk driving is a dangerous recipe for injury and the cause of far too many fatal accidents.
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Bob Germany is a Jackson Personal Accident Lawyer who can help you after suffering damage following an accident. For more information on how to work with a Jackson Car Accident Lawyer may be of assistance to you, please call the German law firm, PLLC, today at (601) 487-0555 to schedule a free consultation.