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Motorcycle crash statistics

New York motorists might not be aware that motorcyclists may face a higher likelihood of experiencing a fatal accident when compared to other motorists. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than are people in passenger vehicles, national statistics indicate. In 2012, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists, even though motorcycles account for only 3 percent of all vehicles on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Data collected by the federal agency shows that motorcyclists collide with immobile objects more often than do other motorists. Moreover, data indicates that common causes for fatal motorcycle accidents include driving too fast for road conditions, excessive speeding and racing. Reportedly, speeding was a factor in 34 percent of motorcycle fatalities in 2012.

2 injured after cab strikes New York City storefront

A New York accident resulted in injuries to at least two people when a taxi ran onto a sidewalk and crashed into a storefront on Oct. 6. The accident occurred at about 11:50 a.m. near an eyeglass store on the Upper East Side.

The cab was traveling on East 59th St. when it reportedly jumped the curb and collided with a building near the intersection of Madison Ave. The owner of the store said that he and the people working inside were startled by a sudden loud bang as the cab struck the store's front wall near the entrance. The man said he saw a pedestrian lying on the floor immediately after the impact.

2 injured in New York hit-and-run accident

A hit-and-run accident involving four vehicles along I-690 left two people injured on the morning of Sept. 27 in Onondaga County. Authorities are searching for the driver believed to have been responsible for the accident that also shut down the two right westbound lanes for approximately an hour.

According to information released by Syracuse police, the crash occurred just before 8:00 a.m. along the westbound side of I-690 between the Teall Avenue and South Townsend Street exits in Syracuse. A black Lexus was reportedly attempting to pass a group of three vehicles when the driver lost control and collided into a 2005 Jeep Cherokee. The driver of the Jeep, a 23-year-old man, subsequently lost control and was struck by the 2005 Ford following him; in turn, the Ford was struck by a 2014 Buick. Although the black Lexus reportedly sustained significant front-end damage, the driver did not stop after the accident and allegedly fled before leaving the highway at the South Townsend Street exit.

Softball team bus accident claims 4

New York residents may have heard reports about a bus crash that killed four college students in Oklahoma on Sept. 26. The accident involved a North Texas community college softball team bus and an 18-wheel truck. The bus, driven by the coach and carrying 15 softball players, was heading south when it was struck on its side by a northbound 18-wheel truck that crossed the median.

The four players killed ranged in age from 18 to 20 years old. The coach and nine other players were treated and released from hospitals, while two more players remained hospitalized one day after the incident. The 53-year old truck driver was also treated and released from a hospital.

Man killed in a car accident while changing a tire

A man died after he was hit by a vehicle while he attempted to change a tire in New York. He was killed at around 4 a.m. on Sept. 14 by a minivan the Van Wyck Expressway.

According to the official report, the Chevrolet Malibu the man had been traveling in became disabled near Terminal 5 at the JFK International Airport. The man got out of the vehicle to work on the tire when a blue minivan that was registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission ran into him and struck his vehicle.

On texting while driving

New York residents should be aware of the dangers of texting while driving a car. The challenges of weather and traffic conditions are best met with undivided attention, and several studies have come out that demonstrate a clear link between texting while driving and the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by 23 times. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distracted driving was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal and injury-causing crashes in 2010 with 3,092 fatalities and approximately 416,000 people suffering various injuries.

New York livery cab accident injures pedestrian

A livery cab was turning right onto Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill in the afternoon of September 2 when it hit a flatbed truck that was also turning right onto Atlantic. The male driver of the cab, a Lincoln town car, lost control of the car after it ran into the truck. The car ended up rolling onto the sidewalk and striking a 29-year-old female pedestrian. The woman was critically injured with a crushed leg and transported to Lutheran hospital.

A 39-year-old woman witnessed the incident while on her way to the Trader Joe's on Atlantic Avenue. She said there was a considerable amount of blood and that the female pedestrian was on the ground shaking after the accident.

Woman dies despite rescue efforts after she was hit by taxi

A 58-year old pedestrian died in New York after she was hit by a cab while crossing a street on the Upper East Side. The fatal accident happened on August 29 at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Madison Avenue's intersection with 79th Street.

The Nissan NV200 cab, also known as the 'Taxi of Tomorrow," had been traveling north on Madison and was turning left onto 79th street when it hit the woman and drover over her.

Head-on crash kills 1 and injures 4 in New York

A head-on collision between two vehicles on Cat Hallow Road, which is also known as Route 7, in Colchester left one person dead and four injured on August 21. No charges had been filed on the day after the incident, and New York State Police were still investigating as of that date.

According to the deputies, the fatal accident took place at about 10:00 a.m. when a Jeep Grand Cherokee travelling north crashed head on into an Isuzu Amigo that had been travelling south. The Jeep was in the southbound lanes when the two vehicles collided.

New York accident kills 2

A fiery two-vehicle car accident in the early morning hours of Aug. 15 left two people dead along Route 25 in Washington County. The vehicles involved possessed Vermont license plates, but the identities of the drivers have yet to be confirmed by authorities.

According to information released by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the car accident occurred at approximately 5:15 a.m. when a 2003 Dodge Intrepid traveling eastbound along Route 25 collided head-on with a 1991 Chevy Camaro heading westbound. Witnesses told police that the Intrepid was attempting to pass another vehicle across the double lines along an uphill section of road and apparently could not see the Camaro heading the opposite direction in the westbound lane. The crash resulted in both vehicles being engulfed in flames and flung across the roadway.

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