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Staten Island Motorcycle Accidents Follow National Trend

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

A recent Staten Island motorcycle accident is the sixth serious crash in the area in the last three months.  The numerous accidents have made this summer the most deadly in Staten Island in recent years.

Since June, five motorcyclists have lost their lives on borough roads.  On August 31, 2009, a motorcyclist sustained severe head injuries, which police believed to be life threatening.  The motorcycle crashes in Staten Island seem to be following the national trend.

Motorcycle collisions have been increasing across the country.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle injuries have gone up by 110 percent from 1998 to 2007, from 49,000 in 1998 to 103,000 in 2007.

According to the NHTSA, 35 percent of motorcycle accidents occur at night.  The majority of motorcyclists involved in these accidents are male.

The latest motorcycle accident in Staten Island involved a 24-year-old motorcyclist who had been riding with a dozen other motorcyclists.  The motorcycle rider collided with a car in front of Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton.  The car was traveling in the opposition direction and had made a left turn.  This accident was less than a mile from the location of another fatal motorcycle accident last week.

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