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Where Do Motorcycle Accidents Typically Occur?

Motorcycle accidents tend to be much more severe than their passenger vehicle counterparts, no matter what types of roads the crashes occur on.

Continue reading to learn where motorcycle accidents tend to occur.

Types of Roads Where Motorcyclists Tend to Crash

When it comes to fatal motorcycle accidents, certain types of roads see more crashes than others.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following data points from the year 2017 (the most recent year that data is available) are true regarding motorcyclist fatalities:

  • 60% of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in urban areas
  • 40% of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in rural areas
  • 65% of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in areas other than intersections
  • 35% of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred at intersections

When reviewing the graph above, you can see the following data from 2017 reveals that motorcyclist fatalities occur at different rates depending on the type of road:

9% – interstate highways

30% – non-interstate principal arterial roads

23% – non-interstate minor arterial roads

19% – non-interstate collector roads

14% – non-interstate local roads

5% – non-interstate freeways/expressways

The data shows that principal arterial roads are the most dangerous roads for motorcyclists to ride on.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, principal arterial roads “serve major centers of metropolitan areas, provide a high degree of mobility and can also provide mobility through rural areas.”

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If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys here at Goodman Acker P.C. are highly skilled in the area of motorcycle accident law and have helped many other people in situations just like yours. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t wait—contact our office with any questions you have right away.

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