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Motorcyclist Dies During NY Anti-Helmet Law Protest Ride

Published July 5, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A motorcyclist who was participating in a ride to protest New York State’s mandatory helmet law died in Onondaga County near Syracuse when he lost of control of his motorcycle. According to state troopers, the biker got distracted after his shoe laces became tangled in the chain, and when he slammed on his brakes, the bike fishtailed, and he flipped over the handlebars and landed on his head.

The 55-year-old man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Troopers on the scene said that he likely would have survived the accident if he were wearing a helmet. Our injury attorneys in Binghamton, NY, support mandatory helmet laws and recognize that they have been proven to save biker’s lives.

The protest ride, in its 11th year, was organized by the Onondaga County chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) organization. The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that the president of the Syracuse ABATE chapter said the group is trying to work with state and national transportation officials to “put more tax money into training young motorcyclists and less into setting up police roadblocks that target only bikers.”

The group’s website states that they believe that authorities should do more to prevent and avoid accidents in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities. Further, mandatory equipment laws do not prevent accidents and should be left up to the discretion of the biker.

New York State law requires all motorcycle operators wear an approved helmet and eyewear. The US Department of Transportation governs the safety standards, including approved windshields, approved eye protection even if the bike has a windshield, and written certification that prescription and custom safety glasses meet Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) standards. The New York DMV also recommends that helmets have at least four square inches of reflective material on both sides.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New York drivers to be aware of motorcyclists on the road to help prevent accidents causing injuries and deaths. We support New York’s mandatory helmet law to help save lives for bikers involved in vehicular accidents.

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