May 23, 2012
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, no progress has been made to slow down the number of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents in New York. The report states that the number of fatalities was nearly the same for 2011 as it was in 2010.
Exactly 4,502 fatal motorcycle accidents were reported in 2010. American Motorcyclist Association President and CEO Rob Dingman stated, “Any motorcycle fatality is one too many, but we are encouraged that the report’s preliminary finding suggests that overall motorcycle fatalities in 2011 will not be greater than 2010.”
He added that a lack of data on motorcycle usage, such as the hours and miles a rider has logged, make pointing out causes of motorcycle accidents difficult. This has prompted the government to fund a study by Oklahoma State University that will gather crash data from six state safety programs, including New York. Researchers will then sort through the data to determine what caused each crash and also how that accident could have been prevented.
Dingman argued that measures such as helmet laws do little to prevent crashes. Their hope is to see more and better training programs for both riders and other motorists.
New York can expect to see a large number of Motorcycle Accidents this year. That’s why the Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices ask that motorists and bikers share the road with one another.