Motorcycle Accidents Archives
In New York there are on average about 141 deaths each year due to car verses motorcycle accidents. This equates to the death 0.7 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. Most of these deaths involved males age 20 to 44, according to the New York State Department of Health. Annually there is an average of 1,558 hospitalizations each year due to car and motorcyclist injuries. This leads to the hospitalization of 7.9 of every 100,000 New York residents. The rates were highest among males age 15-19. The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries has increased from 6.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2000 to 9.1 in 2012. In 2014 the rate decreased to 7.2. New York does have a mandatory helmet law that required all riders to have an appropriate helmet.
Motorcycle appeals to cycle enthusiasts for many reasons. It is generally less expensive to fill up a motorcycle with gas, than it is to fill up a personal vehicle. Others may enjoy riding out in the open and the exhilaration that brings. Also, parking in New York can be difficult at times and it may be much easier to park a motorcycle. However, with those benefits, there is also increased risk. Motorcycles offer less protection than cars and sometimes other drivers don’t look out for motorcyclist as they are smaller than an average car. This can leave motorcycle drivers more vulnerable and at greater risk of serious injury than other forms of transportation.