The multiple open roadways in the state of New York State entice millions of motorcyclists both from the state and from elsewhere every year. While there are few ways to enjoy the roads of New York more freely than on two wheels, there is no doubt that motorcycle riding is considerably more dangerous than operating a regular passenger vehicle.
According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, there were 132 fatal motorcycle crashes in the State of New York in 2019.
What is significant about this number?
The good news is that the overall number of motorcycle fatalities have gone down over the past few years. Comparatively, in 2015 there were 155 fatal motorcycle crashes, in 2016 there were 134, in 2017 there were 143 and in 2018 there were 149.
However, it is important to keep in mind that not all motorcycle crashes are fatal in nature. The total number of motorcycle crashes in 2019 is 3,637. This is a considerably reduced number from its height in 2016, when there were 4,151 total motorcycle crashes.
When am I most likely to get into a motorcycle crash?
Statistically, motorcycle crashes were most likely to happen on weekends according to this data. Overall, 20% of all motorcycle accidents in 2019 occurred on a Saturday, while 19% of all motorcycle accidents occur on a Sunday. The statistically least likely day for a motorcyclist to get into an accident in New York are Tuesday and Thursday, which share a likelihood of 11%.
Keeping these statistics in mind when you ride can help save your life and the lives of those around you.