Wisconsin motorcycle accidents can happen at any time, but riding in the dark can be especially dangerous for a variety of reasons. The following statistics show the dangers of motorcycle night riding, as opposed to riding during the day:
- According to the National Safety Council, the rate of traffic-related deaths that occur at nighttime is three times higher than during the day. Although there is 60 percent less traffic, more than 40 percent of fatal traffic accidents happen at night.
- Night riding can be especially dangerous to older drivers. On average, it is twice as difficult for a 50-year-old to see at night as it is for a 30-year-old.
- Hitting a deer is a great deal more dangerous for a motorcyclist than for a driver of a passenger vehicle. In 2010, only 3.9 percent of deer crashes involving a car resulted in death or injury, while 68.8 percent of deer crashes resulted in death or injury to the motorcyclist involved. Be sure to keep your high beam headlights on while driving in the dark, and be aware of movement near the sides of the road.
- Nighttime means a higher likelihood of drunk drivers on the way home from the bar. Of the 224 recorded alcohol-related Wisconsin motorcycle crashes in 2010, 84.5 percent of them happened between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.
If you or someone you know has experienced a Wisconsin motorcycle accident while riding at night, contact the dedicated Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyers Hupy and Abraham toll-free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800 for a free consultation and a complimentary copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.