While all seasons claim the lives of motorcyclists, more motorcyclists
are killed in fall than any other season. During fall many out of state
residents unfamiliar with the local roadways visit the Hudson Valley and
Ulster, Dutchess and Orange Counties to enjoy the beautiful colors of
the changing leaves, pick apples in the orchards and hike the mountains.
In the past month alone, Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties have seen
more than 7 motorcyclist deaths and many more
Last week in the town of Hyde Park, New York near Brower Boulevard a man
was lawfully riding his motorcycle when he was struck and killed by a
careless driver. Motorcycle deaths are on the rise and the Center for
Disease Control is searching for the answer. The Center for Disease Control
and Prevention conducted a study on automotive deaths between 1999 and
2008. The findings were nothing short of alarming for motorcyclists. The
study revealed that while
truck accidents are at an all-time low, motorcycle fatalities are at an all-time high.
Several factors contribute to motorcyclists being struck by negligent drivers.
Among the factors are, drivers of cars
texting and driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not paying attention
to the roadway and operating a car or truck that is not mechanically sound.
For additional informaton, please see our pamphlet "8 Things to do
After an Accident"