All motorists who operate a vehicle on New York roadways are charged with
a duty to not cause foreseeable and preventable harm. This applies to
truck drivers, automobile drivers, and motorcyclists alike. Experienced
Newburgh traffic accident attorneys understand that this duty requires
motorists to use reasonable care when operating their vehicles as would
any other motorists under similar circumstances. If this duty is breached,
then compensation via a suit in negligence can be made.
motor vehicle accidents can cause slight injury all the way to fatalities. In fact, there were
nearly 6,000 traffic fatalities in New York from 2008 through to the end
of 2012 and almost 75,000 nationwide during those same years. Almost 3,200
of the New York fatalities involved passenger vehicle occupants. Additionally,
not all of the fatalities were suffered by drivers and passengers; almost
1,500 deaths were suffered by pedestrians.
Motorcyclists face unique risks while riding two-wheeled vehicles due to
the physical attributes of motorcycles which enhance the danger in
motorcycle crashes. From 2008 through 2012, 863 New York motorcyclists were killed in traffic
accidents; 743 of which were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
Therefore, 86% of motorcyclists were killed in those years in spite of
wearing helmets. However, it is estimated that helmet use saved nearly
450 lives during those years.
Compared to other states, New York does not fare well. From 2008 through
2012, Massachusetts experienced 249 motorcyclist traffic fatalities, the
overwhelming majority of which involved helmeted drivers. 129 lives in
Massachusetts were saved by helmet use.
New Jersey saw 387 motorcyclist traffic fatalities, again for the same
calendar years. And again, the overwhelming majority wore helmets. But,
200 lives were saved by helmet use and as with other states, more lives
would have been saved had 100% of motorcyclists been wearing helmets at
the time of the accident.
The last comparison state is Pennsylvania. You have probably noticed that
I have compared New York with bordering states. 1,075 motorcyclist traffic
fatalities were experienced in Pennsylvania from 2008 through 2012. New
York does fare slightly better perhaps only because of greater helmet
use. 503 of the Pennsylvania deaths were experienced by helmeted riders;
so only 46% of those deaths occurred with helmeted riders. 168 lives could
have been saved had there been 100% helmet use from years 2008 through
2011 (estimates were not available for year 2012). Note that Pennsylvania
only has a partial helmet law applying to specific classes of people;
e.g. riders under 20 years of age. It is fair to suggest that more lives
might have been saved had there been a total helmet law and 100% compliance.
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