Planning a day out on the motorcycle requires preparation. Riders and their passengers gear up, they schedule stops on the scenic routes and riders ensure their bike is in good form for the trip.
However, motorcycling is not always about the planned rides. Many riders commute on their motorcycles as well. Regardless of whether it is a day trip or a daily commute, all riders should be mindful of the times they are out on the road – and the times they could face a higher risk of an accident.
What time is the most dangerous for motorcyclists on the road?
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reported that in 2018, most fatal motorcycle accidents occurred between the times of:
- 3 pm to 6 pm
- 6 pm to 9 pm
Nearly 42.5% of all fatal crashes occurred between these times, from 3 pm to 9 pm.
As experienced bikers know, and as we have covered in previous blog posts, riding in the evening or at night does involve more risks. Visibility, which is already a significant risk factor for motorcyclists, is even lower than usual.
But why is the risk higher during these particular times?
There are several reasons that this period during the day involves greater risks for motorcyclists. Some of the most critical hazards include:
- Darkness: The sun usually begins to set between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm, depending on the time of year. And, as previously mentioned, motorcyclists have to contend with low visibility as it gets dark.
- Rush hour: More traffic on California roads often means more risks of an accident. This period involving the most fatal motorcycle accidents also includes the evening rush hour, meaning motorcyclists often share the road with rushing, impatient drivers.
- Drowsy driving: The risk of motorists driving while drowsy is also high during these times, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers leaving work and heading home might be tired or even distracted behind the wheel.
- Drunk driving: These times are also when drivers are more likely to drive drunk. It is already too common for drivers to overlook motorcyclists when sober. Drunk drivers pose even more of a risk.
Safety is always a priority. Motorcyclists must be especially alert and aware of their surroundings if they ride during these times.