New York Motorcycle Accident Numbers Have Decreased In Recent Years

by | July 24th, 2015

The number of motorcycle accidents in The Empire State have decreased in recent years. Our New York motorcycle accident lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices believe that taking a closer look at this data can provide insight into the cause of this decline.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles reports a total of 5,916 motorcycle accidents in 2012. In 2013, the number decreased by more than 12 percent to just 5,190 crashes.

Local communities reported similar trends as well. Oneida County saw a 32 less accidents and three fewer fatalities in a two-year time frame. Herkimer County also reported a decrease in collisions involving motorcycles during that time.

The decrease came as more riders are taking to the road—there has been a more than eight percent increase in the number of motorcycle licenses issued during the past four years.

So what’s the reason for the decrease in New York motorcycle accidents? Some experts believe it’s the number of riders taking safety courses. According to the Little Falls Times, the percentage of motorcyclists who choose to take a safety course prior to receiving their license—rather than taking the road test alone—has increased from 52 percent in 2010 to 71 percent in 2014.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we’re happy to see so many people focusing on motorcycle safety. Check out our New York motorcycle laws and safety tips that can help you stay safe on your bike this summer!