BAY SHORE, Long Island, N.Y. — Suffolk County Police are investigating a motorcycle crash that killed the 31-year-old rider. The rider was a Bay Shore resident. Authorities say that he was riding a Ducati motorcycle on Ohio Avenue when the motorcycle and a car collided, according to a report published by the Bay Shore Patch. The fatal motorcycle crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. EMS transported the motorcycle rider to Southside Hospital located in Bay Shore for emergency trauma treatment. The initial reports from Suffolk Police say that the motorcycle rider collided with a 2015 Ford Mustang at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Ohio Avenue. No charges were immediately filed by the Suffolk County detectives.
Motorcycle riders seldom walk away from a collision without an injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that eight out of every ten motorcycle crashes injure or kill the motorcycle rider. The frequency of death or severe injury is high in motorcycle crashes due to the lack of head injury protection — even if the rider or passenger is wearing a helmet.
Being thrown off the bike is the primary cause of injury or death. Sudden stops violently eject the operator and passenger off of the motorcycle. As a result, they crash heavily into the pavement, vehicles, trees, curbs, or other objects in the path of the ejected rider. Severe or fatal injury is possible every time the motorcycle riders body hits an object.
Motorcycles are not crashworthy vehicles. They are built to avoid collisions rather than withstand them. Motorcycles are more agile than cars. The agility of a motorcycle allows the rider to swerve rapidly, stop more quickly (because the motorcycle is lighter than the average car) and is generally more maneuverable.
What a motorcycle offers in agility, it lacks protective equipment like roofs and doors made from reinforced steel, crumple zones, airbags, and windshields. Moreover, a motorcycle has a lower profile and is easier to observe than a traditional passenger car.
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