Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur?

where to most motorcycle accidents occurIn 2016, motorcycle accidents increased across the United States by 5.1 percent according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents ranged from minor collisions to more serious and fatal motorcycle crashes. During a collision, the motorcyclist suffers the majority of serious injuries. That is because a motorcycle does not offer the rider any protection. There are no reinforced steel cages, no seatbelts, and no airbags to protect the rider from the forces of the crash. As such, riders are 28x more likely to suffer a fatal accident than passenger car occupants.

In Arkansas, a motorcycle accident can occur at any time and to anyone. However, some places just seem to be the scene of more frequent motorcycle accidents. In general, the most commonplace for motorcycle accidents in Arkansas occur at intersections.

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One of the most common locations for motorcycle accidents is at an intersection. According to the NHTSA, nearly half of all motorcycle accidents occur at traffic intersections. Intersections require everyone to pay close attention to determine the right-of-way. It also requires recognizing low profile motorcyclists that may be approaching.

At an intersection, motorcyclists are often injured in numerous ways, including:

  • Left Turning Cars — A car that is stopped at an intersection and waiting to turn left is dangerous for oncoming motorcyclists. They may not recognize a motorcyclist that is approaching. As a result, they turn left into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist causing a serious and sometimes fatal crash. According to statistics, 42 percent of intersection accidents are from vehicles that turned left in front of a motorcyclist.
  • Rear-end Accidents — When a motorcyclist is sitting at a stop sign or light, they are extremely vulnerable to suffering injuries in a rear-end accident. Unlike passenger vehicles, a motorcycle does not have a bumper to protect occupants from the forces of a crash. As a result, bikers that are hit by another vehicle at an intersection may be sent flying off their bike and into oncoming traffic. They can suffer serious and fatal injuries as a result.

Most Common Intersections In Your Area:

Where are the most common motorcycle accident intersections in your area? Every community has its most dangerous intersections. Many of these intersections are dangerous because of a lack of safety infrastructure, such as proper stoplights or signs.

Some of the most dangerous intersections include, but are not limited to:

Little Rock
university and asher little rockLittle Rock is one of the largest city cities in Arkansas and numerous accidents occur here every single year. In Little Rock, the most dangerous intersection by far is the corner of Asher and University. Here, more than 180 accidents occur here every single year.


Where are the other dangerous intersections?

  • Chenal Club Boulevard and Chenal Parkway
  • Asher and University
  • Shackleford and 1-430
  • Baseline and Chicot
  • Cantrell and 1-430
  • Arch and Roosevelt

College and Joyce IntersectionSpringdale/Fayetteville is a large University city that is home to the University of Arkansas. As such, College Avenue is one of the most dangerous roads. In particular, the intersection of N. College Avenue and E. Joyce Boulevard is near major highways. This makes it one of the most dangerous intersections in the area.


Where are the other dangerous intersections?

  • N. College Avenue an E Joyce Boulevard
  • Fulbright Expressway and N. College Avenu
  •  N College Avenue and Archibald Yell
  • Razorback Road and MLK
  • Township and College

Tyler and DonagheyConway intersections were so dangerous that the city began adding roundabouts to decrease traffic accidents. In fact, Conway has the most roundabouts in the state with 28 total. Some of those roundabouts reduced dangerous accidents at prominent intersections, such as Tyler and Washington, Donaghey Avenue and Prince Street and College and Ferris.


Where are there still dangerous intersections in Conway?

  • Tyler and Donaghey
  • Hogan Road and Highway 64

Hot Springs
❖ Central Avenue and Greenwood AveHot Springs is a resort city in Arkansas, drawing in thousands of visitors every single year. The major freeways here are often dangerous, including the U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 270, Arkansas Highway 7 and Interstate 30. Here there is an average of five fatal crashes a year, more than surrounding cities like Conway, Benton and Pine Bluff.


Where are there dangerous intersections in the area?

  • Central Avenue and Greenwood Ave
  • Malvern Avenue and E. Grand Ave
  • Central Avenue and Quapaw Avenue

Bryant ❖ Bryant Ave and N Reynolds RdBryant is located in Saline County, Arkansas, home to just 17,000 people. However, when it’s combined with the traffic from Benton there are still dangerous intersections that pose a threat to motorcyclists. One of those intersections is at Bryant Parkway and Highway 5. Here speeders are a big issue.


Where are other unsafe intersections in Bryant located?

  • Bryant Ave and Main
  • Bryant Ave and N Reynolds Rd
  • I-30 and W. Commerce St.

memphis mallory and s. laudeMemphis is one of the largest cities in Tennessee and home to numerous dangerous intersections. One study found that two Memphis intersections ranked as some of the worst in the country for distracted driving and crashes. Lamar and Holmes, as well as South Lauderdale and Mallory both ranked in the top 5 worst in the country for phone use while driving.


Where are unsafe intersections located in Memphis?

  • South Lauderdale and Mallory
  • Lamar and Holmes
  • I-40 and Sycamore View Road
  • I-240 and Walnut Grove
  • I-240 and Poplar Avenue
  • Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road
  • Shelby Drive and Lamar Avenue

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