If you enjoy riding your bicycle in the evening, you are not alone. As it turns out, this is a popular time for cyclists to hit the pavement. Unfortunately, it is also a common time for bicycle accidents to occur.
When it comes to these types of collisions, there can be many factors to consider. With that said, there are also some common patterns and explanations that can help the public understand when personal safety is most at-risk on a bicycle.
Time That Most Bicycle Accidents Occur
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicyclist deaths happen between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is true regardless of the season. Consider what you or your family members are usually doing around this time. If you are like most people, you are probably commuting and taking errands after school or work. If you ride a bicycle to do any of these things in an urban area, you are at a much higher risk of injury.
Reasons for High Number of Evening Accidents
There are primarily two factors that play a role in the high number of bicycle accidents that occur during the early evening hours: poor night vision and congested traffic. When it comes to seeing the road at night, this ability tends to almost always diminish with age, although anyone can suffer from night blindness. In addition, out of the hours after sunset, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. is when there are simultaneously the most people and vehicles on the road.
Because most bicycle accidents happen in the early evening hours, it is a good idea to use extra caution if you plan on riding at this time. Following the road laws and using appropriate signals can help you further reduce risk.