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Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

most-motorcycle-accidents-happen-congested-areas Motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of death for people under 35. With more than 4 million motorcycles on the road, it's essential to understand where motorcycle accidents often happen.

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Where Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Illinois

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, most motorcycle accidents happen in metropolitan or urban areas. However, this does not mean that rural areas are completely safe. Motorcyclists should be cautious on or near major roads, even when driving outside an urban area.

In 2019, there were 3,400 motorcycle crashes in Illinois. In 83 of those accidents, the rider was killed. Only California had more fatal motorcycle accidents in 2019, and only California and Florida had more total accidents.

Motorcycle crashes cause hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries every year in Illinois. The majority of these accidents occur in the metropolitan Chicago area, but motorcyclists should remain vigilant no matter where they are riding.

The accidents on the road are often caused by drivers failing to see motorcyclists. Most fatal motorcycle crashes on two-lane roadways involve multiple vehicles.

A rear-end accident is the most common motorcycle accident in the United States.

Motorcycle Accidents Take Place At these Places

Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents take place in hotspots (roads with higher-than-average levels of accidents), including:

  • High traffic roads such as interstates and major highways.
  • Urban areas that have heavy traffic and heavy congestion.
  • Roads with high-speed limits, where higher speeds lead to more accidents.
  • Roads where visibility is impaired, such as in fog or at night.
  • Dangerous roads, usually due to poor or non-existent road conditions.
  • Locations near bars and restaurants, which tend to be heavily populated by motorcycles at night, are the most lucrative locations for accidents.
  • Roads with high levels of motorbike activity also tend to have more accidents.

Motorcycles are less noticeable on the road, so driving behavior is usually altered to be more cautious. Unfortunately, they are also less stable than cars, making them easier to crash.

Therefore, roads that are popular with motorcycles tend to have more accidents.

Motorbike-friendly events are especially prevalent during weekends, and these events can increase motorcycle activity by as much as ten times.

Motorcycle accidents occurring in urban areas are typically caused by inattentive motorists who turn into the path of riders. If you were involved in a vehicle accident, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free case review with experienced and caring attorneys.

Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

Most motorcycle accidents in Illinois occur at intersections, and many happen due to a motorist's failure to see the biker.

According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois, Chicago, there were a reported 4,034 motorbike accidents in Illinois during 2016, meaning that about six percent of all accidents reported were motorcycle-related.

Over a third of the motorcycle accidents during 2016 took place at intersections or other road junctions. An additional twenty percent happened in parking lots or other areas where vehicles were parked, and six percent took place on expressways or interstate highways.

The researchers also noted that twenty-eight percent of all motorcycle accidents in Illinois resulted in serious injury, and twenty-three percent resulted in fatal injuries.

Highest Motorcycle Accident Rate

This study is supported by information found in Illinois Department of Transportation records. In 2007, there were a total of 4,515 motorcycle accidents in Illinois. This number represents the highest amount of motorcycle accidents in recorded history for Illinois and breaks down to about seven percent of all traffic accidents that year.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the common locations where accidents happen are:

  • In intersections
  • Interstate highways or freeways
  • Residential areas
  • Rural roads

A study by the University of California, Berkeley, stated that most accidents occur on high-speed roads. For example, around 36 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents happen in rural areas and highways, compared to 27 percent in urban areas.

A motorcyclist on a two-lane road has an increased chance of being involved in a crash simply because there is nowhere to escape a vehicle that may run into the motorcyclist from behind.

Stop signs can be dangerous when drivers ignore them. Most motorcycle accidents are due to careless driving and riding on the person operating a motor vehicle.

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A Blind Spot on the Road

A blind spot is an area in which an object may be present, but the driver of a larger vehicle cannot see it while driving. For example, the object's size might be too small or obscured by some other object in front of it.

Motorcyclists should be aware of this so they can adjust their riding accordingly. Any unexpected vehicle, object, pothole, or other hazards could create a catastrophic crash, leading to severe injuries or death.

A Motorcycle Accident Occurs Most Often at the Following Places

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident? If you are like millions of other riders, you undoubtedly want to know where most motorcycle accidents happen?

  • 28% of motorcycle accidents occur on a straight section of the road.
  • 21% of motorbike accidents happen at an intersection or junction.
  • 16% of motorcycle accidents occur on a curve or bend in the road.
  • 15% of motorbike accidents are caused by the rider losing control of their motorbike.
  • 12% of motorcycle accidents are due to other vehicles violating the rider's right-of-way.
  • Other factors cause the remaining 5% of motorcycle accidents.

When Motorcycle Accidents Happen Most Often:

  • 21% of motorcycle accidents occur at noon or midday.
  • 18% of motorbike crashes happen between 8 pm and midnight.
  • 17% of motorcycle accidents occur between 6 am, and 10 am.
  • 16% of motorbike accidents are caused by the rider losing control of their motorbike.
  • 16% of motorcycle crashes are due to other vehicles violating the riders' right-of-way.
  • 11% of motorbike collisions are caused by the rider falling from their bike.
  • 10% of motorcycle accidents occur when the road surface is slippery.
  • 7% of motorcycle accidents happen at dusk or twilight.
  • 7% of motorcycle accidents are caused at dawn or sunrise.

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Motorcycle Safety

When making a right turn at a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop first and yield the right of way to all pedestrians and other vehicles in your path. If a motorcyclist is behind a vehicle driver when suddenly forced to brake, the biker is likely to rear-end the vehicle ahead.

Although it's impossible to predict when an accident will happen, a motorcyclist can take steps to improve their reaction time and avoid hitting the vehicle from behind. In addition, a motorcyclist can protect himself from road threats by wearing a helmet and protective gear.

Besides wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist can take other steps to help keep them safe, like obeying traffic laws and never riding while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, a motorcyclist can take steps to improve their chances of being seen on the road.

Defensive Driving to Avoid Motorbikes Collisions

Motorcyclists and other drivers can avoid fatal motorcycle crashes by using defensive driving techniques such as:

  • Checking blind spots
  • Avoiding aggressive drivers
  • Remaining visible

A Speed Limit in a Motorcycle Accident

A speed limit in a motorcycle accident is the speed at which the motorcycle traveled when it crashed.

The purpose of keeping track of speed limits is to make sure that traffic laws are followed and, in the event of a motorcycle accident, to hold the speeding defendant accountable for causing the crash.

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Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcyclist can sustain an injury in nearly every part of the body when involved in an accident. A motorcycle accident can result in catastrophic injuries such as fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and paralysis. In addition, blood flow to the brain is often restricted by closed head injury.

When blood flow to the brain is interrupted, cells begin to die, leading to permanent brain damage or death.

The injuries that are sustained in motorcycle accidents vary depending on the following:

  • Type of accident that occurs
  • The speed at which the vehicle and the motorbike traveled
  • Weather conditions
  • Seatbelt use

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Some injuries sustained in a motorbike crash include:

  • Injuries to the Head and Spine: Motorcyclists are not protected by an exterior frame or enclosure, leaving them more susceptible to injury. One of the most common head injuries that motorcyclists experience is a traumatic brain injury. In addition, the rider's head is more likely to collide with another object because it is not fully enclosed. Head injuries are also the leading cause of death amongst motorcyclists.
  • Road Rash: One of the most common injuries that motorbike riders are likely to sustain is road rash or abrasions, especially if thrown from their motorbikes. In a motorbike accident, the rider's clothing may involve friction burns as the individual slides across the pavement. In addition, the road rash could cause the skin to break open, resulting in infection.
  • Injury to the Legs: Motorcyclists are likely to have broken bones in their legs if they are involved in a motorbike accident. Fractured legs can result in one or both bones becoming displaced.
  • Injuries to the Arms: A motorcyclist can sustain an injury to his arms if involved in an accident. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists experience is a fractured arm.

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Fatalities Due to Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcyclist involved in a motorcycle accident is medically three times as likely to die than someone involved in a car accident.

A study by the University of Southern California's Department of Public Health Sciences shows that these accidents cause an average of about 81,000 injuries a year.

A fatal motorcycle accident can be a traumatic and emotional event. In addition, the injured motorcyclist's friends or family can file civil suits against those who caused the accident.

Motorcycle accidents caused fatalities at a rate of 52.9 per 100,000 registered motorcycles in 2019. In fatal crashes where the rider was properly licensed, 57% were speeding, and 60% did not have motorbike licenses.

Similarly, in 2020, Motorcycle accidents caused 4,502 motorcyclist fatalities in accidents on U.S. roadways, an increase from 2019 fatalities when 4,290 people died in motorbike accidents.

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Rear-End Accidents in Motorcycle Crashes

Rear-end accidents pose a dangerous situation for motorcyclists. Being struck from behind is the most common motorcycle accident, accounting for nearly 40% of all accidents.

Motorists and Motorcyclists Causing Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are significantly less likely to cause motorbike crashes, and when they do, the other motorists involved in such accidents are often found to be at fault. Most drivers know that they share the road with motorcycles, but very few understand safely sharing it.

When riding a motorbike, other vehicles aren't the only objects that could cause dangers. While they don't contribute as much to crashes as cars, motorcycles still have a high number of accidents caused by animals.

Lane Splitting by Motorbike Riders in Motorcycle Collisions

Lane splitting amongst motorcyclists is a highly controversial issue. Most motorcyclists agree that it can be extremely dangerous, but many also believe that lane splitting is safer than waiting in traffic.

Oncoming Motorcyclists in Motorbike Crashes

A dangerous situation could occur should other drivers fail to notice an oncoming motorcyclist. In fatal motorcycle accidents, many passenger car occupants tend to have less severe injuries than motorcycle riders.

An oncoming motorcyclist is struck by a turning vehicle, often in broad daylight. The accident usually looks preventable to the untrained eye, but cornering clearances, blind spots, and traffic law play critical roles in what happens next.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Observations on Motorbike Crashes

When it comes to motorcycle crashes, the prevailing wisdom is that they're most likely to happen around schools and at rush hour when visibility is poor, but are those assumptions backed by data?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that about half of motorcycle crashes occur on local roads between 8 pm and midnight, not during rush hour or at schools. The good news is the accident rates generally decrease with time because fewer inexperienced riders are on the road.

Road Dangers for Motorbike Riders

  • Other motorists on urban roadways
  • Loose gravel
  • Potholes
  • Open utility holes while cornering
  • Animals

Road Hazards for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists should be wary of road obstacles such as:

  • Lane splitting
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Left-hand turn maneuvers
  • Blown tires
  • Blind-spot areas

Oncoming Traffic in Most Motorcycle Accidents

The oncoming traffic lane is where you are most likely to be hit on your motorcycle.

Unfortunately, data shows it's also the location of most head-on crashes involving cars. Nationally, 17 percent of all crashes are head-on collisions with another vehicle.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Statistics on Motorcycle Crashes Occurrence

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most motorcycle accidents happen on local roads (40%) or interstate highways (34%), between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm (41%).

Similarly, most motorcycle accidents occur between 9 pm and 11:59 pm (25%), though the highest percentage of nonfatal accidents happen at 1:00 pm (20%), and the second-highest percentage (19%) occurs between 6 am and 8:59 am.

NHTSA statistics show that motorcycle fatalities occurred in a disproportionately high number of accidents at or near intersections, particularly those involving a collision with another vehicle.

Failing to Stop or Yield the Right of Way

In fatal crashes from 2017 to 2020, 17 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities occurred when the motorcyclist failed to stop or yield right of way in an intersection.

In 2019 alone, 22 percent of 4,957 motorcycle fatalities occurred at intersections. Of those crashes, 32 percent involved a car or another passenger vehicle, while 59 percent involved a fixed object.

When the NHTSA conducted its study, it found that fatal car-to-motorcycle crashes occurred more frequently on roadways with speed limits of 50 mph or greater.

The number of fatal car-to-motorcycle crashes also increased when there were no motorcyclist conspicuity enhancements, such as daytime running lights, turn signals, or reflective gear.

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