The month of May was designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a good reminder before the start of summer when motorcycles begin to inundate New York roadways in record numbers.
The purpose of the designation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to highlight the need for all vehicles to share the road safely with motorcycle riders. The hope is that raising awareness will reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of motorcycle crashes each year.
Motorcycle fatalities on rise in 2015
The reminder was timely since Consumer Reports published an article the same month warning that motorcycles fatalities in 2015 were on the rise. The 10-percent increase, which calculated out to around 5,000 people in the United States, was close to an all-time high. The numbers were taken from a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association and Sam Schwartz Consulting.
“The risk of motorcycle crashes and fatalities is compounded by factors such as alcohol and drug use, increased speed limits, the repeal of state helmet laws and a record number of vehicles on U.S. roads. Concerted efforts are needed to reduce this tragic loss of life,“ Richard Retting, one of the authors of the report, told Consumer Reports.
One of those efforts is the designation of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month every May. The NHTSA wants to educate motorists on the importance of remaining vigilant about sharing the road with motorcycles, while giving motorcycle riders the necessary tools to keep themselves safe on the roadways. Social media and television and radio ads remind drivers of the designation, while many local police forces revved up patrols to keep an eye out for the safety of motorcyclists.
Motorcycle accidents in New York
New York saw 142 motorcycle fatalities in 2014, out of 4,750 motorcycle crashes in the state. There were also 4,055 non-fatal personal injuries as a result of these crashes, which could include road rash, bone fractures and head injuries. Some of those injuries may not be deadly, but they can result in a lifelong disability for the victim.
The New York State Department of Health reports that there was an average of 165 deaths yearly between 2005 and 2007 from motorcycle accidents in the state. The highest percentage of these fatalities occurred in males between the ages of 20 and 24. There were also 4,092 emergency room visits due to motorcycle accidents yearly during that same time frame.
Motorcycle riders are at a distinct disadvantage in the event of a crash since their bodies are more exposed to the impact of the collision. This makes these motorists much more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash. To help curb the number of motorcycle crashes nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges bikers to wear helmets, protective clothing and reflectors that make them easier to see every time they hit the road.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, the consequences can be catastrophic. You will likely need financial assistance to help you pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and wages lost while you were unable to work. If the accident was not your fault, it is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party in pursuit of monetary damages.
When this type of tragedy occurs, it is imperative to have experienced legal help on your side. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have been representing residents of Long Island since 1952 and have a proven track record of successful results.
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