Motorcycle riding has the potential to turn from an enjoyable activity into a tragedy within minutes. The lack of a motor vehicle body to protect them in case of an accident places motorcycle riders in a highly vulnerable position while on the road. While riding a motorcycle, even a seemingly insignificant accident can result in severe injuries to the rider.

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Motorcycle accidents are quite common on the congested streets of New York and may occur due to several reasons. Although some of these accidents may arise from unforeseeable circumstances, analysis of motorcycle accident data shows that most cases are preventable if sufficient caution is exercised by everyone on the road.

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Motorcycles are quite common on the roads of New York with people using them either to meet their transportation needs or for recreational purposes. Due to the nature of their vehicle, motorcyclists do not have the same level of protection as those persons who drive cars and therefore, motorcycle accidents often cause serious injuries to those riding the motorcycle. It is estimated that out of around 16,000 motor vehicle accidents that occur every year in NYC, at least 10 percent involve motorcycle riders.

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Under the laws of New York, all persons who ride a motorcycle must wear helmets that meet the federal requirement for motor vehicle safety. Data from years of study of motorcycle accidents show that head injury is one of the most common causes of serious injury and even death in motorcycle accidents in NYC. Wearing the right helmet can help prevent serious and fatal head injuries. Although over the years, compliance with the helmet law has improved considerably, there are still persons who continue to operate their motorcycle without wearing a helmet. 

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Data from the CDC shows that motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle crashes, are one of the major causes of the death of children in the US. Despite better roadway management and the latest vehicle crash avoidance systems, motorcycle accidents continue to cause a large number of injuries and fatalities every year.

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