Regardless of the weather, spring has arrived and motorcycles will soon be a common fixture on New York City roads. Unfortunately, the start of the NYC motorcycle season usually starts with a rash of deaths and injuries. A dirt bike accident in the Bronx signals the beginning of this annual phenomenon.
Yesterday, a 25-year-old motorcyclist tried to unlawfully pass a car on its left side while it was turning. The dirt bike and car collided, ejecting the 25-year-old rider. The motorbike slid into two pedestrians, injuring them.
The dirt bike rider was taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center but his injuries proved too severe. He was pronounced dead soon after arriving.
This Bronx motorcycle accident appears to be the fault of the rider, but that’s not usually the case. Studies have shown that in car-motorcycle collisions, the passenger-vehicle driver is at fault the majority of the time.
The at-fault drivers often say that they “didn’t see” the motorcycle.
One generally doesn’t see something he or she is not looking for, so it’s important for NYC drivers to be aware that they will be sharing the road with motorcyclists for at least the next six months. This simple act can save many lives.
Source: Wall Street Journal, “1 Dead, 2 Injured In NYC Dirt Bike-Car Accident,” March 21, 2014