While motorcycle accidents are not necessarily more common than other motor vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in injury or death. Crashes involving other vehicles account for 56% of deaths in motorcycle accidents. In 78% of these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front. Head-on collisions between a motorcycle and passenger vehicles are most commonly fatal to the motorcyclist. 42% of all accidents involving a car and a motorcycle are caused then the car is making a left turn and turns into the path of the motorcycle. Another cause of motorcycle accidents is lane splitting, which occurs when a motorcyclist drives between two parked or slowly moving cars.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that a firefighter from East Fishkill has been killed in a motorcycle accident.
The incident occurred last Wednesday night at about 10 p.m. in the area of Chestnut Ridge.
22-year-old Steven Ziskind was driving a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Chestnut Ridge Road. His motorcycle entered into oncoming traffic lanes where it collided with a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT. It is unclear if speed may have been a factor in the accident.
Ziskind was transported to Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut, where he succumbed to the injuries he received.
Ziskind was an interior firefighter with the Wiccopee Fire Company in Hopewell Junction. He will be sorely missed by his fellow firefighters and comrades.
Information about the identity of the driver of the Lincoln Mark LT has bot been released yet. No information as to the status of the driver has been revealed.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.