Even as several other states reported increases in their motorcycle accident fatality numbers for 2011, the state of New York actually experienced a drop in the number of people killed in these accidents last year. Data from the Governor?s Highway Safety Association found a drop in the motorcycle accident fatality numbers in New York, both during the first 6 months as well as the first 9 months of last year.
The toll was approximately 67 fatalities during the first 6 months of last year, compared to 88 during the same period the earlier year. During the first 9 months of the year, there were 137 fatalities, compared to 163 fatalities the previous year.
New York was among the lucky 23 states that reported a decline in motorcycle accident deaths. All other states reported an increase in their fatality numbers. Overall, the national motorcycle accident fatality toll was also expected to be the same as in the previous year. Final numbers for 2011 will only begin coming in later this year, but the preliminary statistics released by the Governors Highway Safety Association are believed to be a clear indicator of where those numbers will stand at the end of the year.
States like New York that managed to have their motorcycle accident fatality numbers drop this year have been able to increase law-enforcement activities aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe. All kinds of enforcement activities that prevent aggressive driving, speeding and drunk driving motorists automatically help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are at the highest risk of accidents when they’re sharing the roads with reckless, negligent, speeding or intoxicated drivers.
The New York personal injury lawyers at Godosky and Gentile represent victims of motorcycle accidents across New York City.