You might think a full moon makes the night sky look more beautiful, but even this fascination might prove fatal for you. If you ride a motorcycle, be extremely careful while going on such night rides, as you might suffer a fatal crash. Researchers have discovered the astronomical phenomenon is related to accidents, as riders can easily get distracted.
Many motorcycle accidents prove fatal
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous, and are one of the most widespread causes of death all over the world. In the US, about 5,000 deaths occur every year from such causes, as one death in seven traffic accidents is a motorcycle crash.
Most of the times, traffic accidents take place as drivers get distracted. About 12 times a year, the full moon rises, appearing as a big shiny spot on the dark night sky, making it a lot brighter. Therefore, whenever this happens, all motorcycle riders should be more careful than usual when going on nocturnal trips.
The number of deadly crashes was higher on full moon nights
To make sure a full moon is a real distraction, researchers decided to study how motorcycle accidents were related to the phenomenon. They looked at a database of all motorcycle crashes which occurred between 1975 and 2014, and then looked which ones took place on a night with a full moon.
In 1,482 nights, where 494 had a full moon, there have been 4,494 deadly motorcycle accidents recorded. Also, the calculations showed that more crashes took place in such nights than in any other night. The average numbers of crashes per night on a full moon night was 9.10, while the one on a regular night was 8.64.
Needless to say, the risk got even higher when there was a supermoon. This means the astronomical event brings out plenty of distractions which result in fatal motorcycle accidents. However, the study was only observational, so other factors haven’t been thoroughly considered. The paper was published in BMJ.
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