Motorcyclist Dies in New York Anti-Helmet Rally

July 15, 2011 – Onondaga, New York – In a report from Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York, a motorcyclist participating in an anti-helmet rally on Saturday, July 2, lost control of his bike, flipped over the handlebars and died after his head struck the pavement.  Philip A. Contos, 55, of Parish, was one of 550 other motorcyclists participating in the rally when his bike fishtailed after he hit the brakes. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  According to state troopers, if Contos had been wearing a helmet, he would have likely survived the motorcycle accident.  Injuries from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic or deadly. When you have been the victim of someone else’s negligence and suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking with a New York injury attorney is the next step you should take in order to learn what legal options are available to you.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.

To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.  Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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