Motorcyclists are at greater risk of injury in a collision than occupants of a passenger vehicle since they do not have the protective features of an automobile. As a result, motorcyclists tend to suffer serious and deadly injuries in collisions with cars and trucks more frequently than drivers and their passengers. Yet a recent string of fatal motorcycle accidents in Syracuse has highlighted just how devastating motorcycle crashes can be, and the need to raise awareness about motorcycle injuries and deaths in upstate New York. Indeed, a recent article in Syracuse.com reported that three motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes around Syracuse in a span of just two days in early April 2021.
If you or someone you love recently got hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is critical to seek advice from a Syracuse motorcycle accident attorney about filing a claim for compensation. In the meantime, we want to discuss these recent fatal collisions and to say more about motorcycle accident prevention in Rochester, Syracuse, and elsewhere in Western New York.
Details of the Recent Motorcycle Crashes in and Around Syracuse
In just two days, three motorcyclists were killed in separate accidents in upstate New York. In two of those collisions, the accidents involved motor vehicles crashing into the motorcyclists. Two of the deadly motorcycle collisions occurred in the early afternoon, and one of the crashes involving a car occurred during early rush hour just after 6:00 p.m. on a weekday. All three collisions occurred during the work week.
In the car-motorcycle crashes, the drivers of the automobiles appeared to play a role in causing the accidents. In Bridgeport, New York, a 43-year-old motorist from Oneida was killed just after 3:00 p.m. when a driver in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed over into an eastbound traffic lane, heading the wrong way, and caused a head-on, wrong-way collision involving the motorcyclist. The cause of the accident involving a 27-year-old driver of the Chevrolet remains under investigation. The collision that occurred during the rush hour on Thursday happened in Clay, New York when an SUV driver attempted to make a left turn and crashed into the motorcyclist. While the motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries, the driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries.
The third deadly motorcycle accident was a single-vehicle crash involving only the motorcyclist, according to initial reports. According to Syracuse.com, witnesses reported that “the man was seen sitting in the road following the crash,” but he was later pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. That collision remains under investigation.
Staying Safe on Motorcycles and Avoiding Accidents
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motorcycles only account for about 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the US, yet motorcyclists account for nearly 15 percent of all reported traffic deaths. What can motorcyclists do to protect themselves? Injury protection involves skills and protective gear, along with knowledge about how to avoid a collision. The NSC recommends the following:
- Always wear a helmet;
- Wear appropriate protective gear;
- Ride a motorcycle that is appropriate for your size;
- Take a motorcycle safety course;
- Always drive defensively;
- Ride under the assumption that other motorists cannot see you; and
- Never consume alcohol before riding.
Contact Our New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident involving a negligent driver, our experienced Western New York motorcycle accident lawyers can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve. Contact King Law to learn more.