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What are the most recent statistics about motorcycle accidents?

When you ride a motorcycle in Ohio, you may prefer not to pay attention to statistics. It can be beneficial to be aware of the most recent statistics, though, so you know in advance which situations can be most dangerous for a biker.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your physical environment plays a large role in determining whether an accident might be fatal. Statistics indicate that 57 percent of the fatal accidents that occurred in 2016 took place on urban streets, while rural areas were the scene of 43 percent of these incidents. While you might think most fatal collisions happen at night, 59 percent took place during the day. Fatal crashes at dawn and dusk were relatively rare and made up only one percent and four percent of these incidents. Additionally, the majority of the fatal accidents that occurred took place in good weather. Rain was a factor in only two percent of these collisions, while 97 percent occurred when the sky was either cloudy or clear.

You may not always see a connection between the kind of road you drive and a fatal collision. However, principal arterial roads were the scenes of 32 percent of these crashes in 2016. Only 9 percent of fatal accidents occurred on an interstate. Intersections were also not the most common collision scene. Fatal crashes took place at intersections in 34 percent of these incidents, while 66 percent occurred along a stretch of road without an intersection.

In Ohio, 178 motorcycle riders died in a collision in 2016. Alcohol was a factor in some of these fatal collisions. Bikers with a blood alcohol content above .15 percent were involved in 19 percent of these incidents.

This information is intended to educate. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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