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New York Takes Steps to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities

About 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle accidents across the country in 2011, about the same as the number who died the preceding year. However, motorcycle accident deaths in New York declined over the same period, dropping 16 percent.

Barbara J. Fiala, commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, attributed the decline to enforcement, education and engineering.

“In New York, we are educating motorists to watch for motorcycles, riders to wear bright protective gear to make themselves more visible, and law enforcement officers on conducting efficient and effective motorcycle checks,” Fiala said in a news release from the Governors Highway Safety Association. “It is encouraging to see that these efforts, which have been conducted with our state and local partners, are making a difference.”

Unfortunately, the measures have not prevented all motorcycle deaths. A 68-year-old Upper East Side man was recently killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit the curb in Central Park, according to newyork.cbslocal.com.

In 2011, there were 675,131 motorcycle licenses and 345,820 registered motorcycles in New York. That year, there were more than 5,000 motorcycle crashes in New York. Efforts to reduce injuries have focused on increasing helmet use and training, reducing impaired driving and speeding, and encouraging all drivers to share the ride with motorcycles.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident – as the driver, passenger or occupant of another vehicle – contact the experienced New York motorcycle accident attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to discuss your right to collect compensation.

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