What causes Motorcycle Crashes in the Mid-Hudson Valley?
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What causes Motorcycle Crashes in the Mid-Hudson Valley?

While there were reports of increased car crashes during the worst of the pandemic in 2020, it appears that motorcycle crashes have trended down overall in the last three years in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

County201920202021
Dutchess368339332
Orange197149160
Ulster779875

According to the data, roughly 75% of these crashes resulted in personal injuries and/or fatalities. In order to increase motorcycle safety, we have to understand what causes crashes. We have preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research in Albany that compiled the contributing factors of accidents on police reports. It appears that the contributing factors include actions and behaviors by other drivers on the road, so these are not all necessarily the actions of motorcyclists.

What caused motorcycle crashes in Dutchess County in 2021?

Using compiled police report statistics, there were 157 times where factors contributed to cause motorcycle crashes in Dutchess County in 2021. Those factors were:

Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 23, Unsafe Speed 20, Driver Inattention/Distraction 18, Passing/Lane Changing/Improper Use 17, Following Too Closely 13, Reaction to Other Uninvolved Vehicle 9, Driver Inexperience 8, Traffic Control Device Disregarded 6, Turning Improperly 6, Obstruction/Debris 6, Alcohol Involvement 5, Other Vehicular 5, Animal’s Action 5, View Obstructed/Limited 4, Failure to Keep Right 3, Backing Unsafely 2, Drugs (Illegal) 2, Pavement Slippery 2, Accelerator Defective 1, Steering Failure 1, Pavement Defective 1

What caused motorcycle crashes in Orange County in 2021?

Using compiled police report statistics, there were 222 times where factors contributed to cause motorcycle crashes in Orange County in 2021. Those factors were:

Unsafe Speed 45, Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 30, Following Too Closely 17, Passing/Lane Changing/Improper Use 15, Reaction to Other Uninvolved Vehicle 15, Driver Inexperience 13, Turning Improperly 12, Traffic Control Device Disregarded 11, Driver Inattention/Distraction 9, Animal’s Action 9, Pavement Slippery 6, Alcohol Involvement 5, Failure to Keep Right 5, View Obstructed/Limited 5, Backing Unsafely 4, Pavement Defective 4, Tire Failure/Inadequate 3, Glare 3, Obstruction/Debris 3, Other Vehicular 2, Fatigued/Drowsy 1, Prescription Medication 1, Accelerator Defective 1, Brakes Defective 1, Headlights Defective 1, Steering Failure 1

What caused motorcycle crashes in Ulster County in 2021?

Using compiled police report statistics, there were 106 times where factors contributed to cause motorcycle crashes in Ulster County in 2021. Those factors were:

Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 19, Unsafe Speed 15, Passing/Lane Changing/Improper Use 11, Driver Inattention/Distraction 8, Animal’s Action 8, Alcohol Involvement 5, Following Too Closely 5, Turning Improperly 5, Driver Inexperience 4, Reaction to Other Uninvolved Vehicle 4, Other Vehicular 4, Failure to Keep Right 3, Traffic Control Device Disregarded 3, Obstruction/Debris 3, Tire Failure/Inadequate 2, Pavement Slippery 2, View Obstructed/Limited 2, Aggressive Driving/Road Rage 1, Backing Unsafely 1, Shoulders Defective/Improper 1

If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, there are many possible ways to receive compensation

As you can see, there are dozens of potential causes of crashes. If you were involved in a motorcycle crash in the Mid-Hudson Valley, give us a call at 845-600-0000 for a free personal injury consultation. We’ll go over what caused your accident and discuss the legal options that you have to get help paying for your medical expenses, lost enjoyment of life, loss of future earning potential, and more.