Motorcyclists stand a greater risk of getting seriously injured or killed in an accident because they are far more exposed to the elements and the hazards of the road. Every year in the state of New York, thousands of motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in accidents.
Another tragedy involving a motorcycle happened late Tuesday when a man riding his motorcycle struck another vehicle on a Queens Highway.
According to investigators with the NYPD, just after 11:00 p.m. Lanze Mason, 28, had been traveling at a high rate of speed on a 2013 BMW motorcycle heading westbound on Grand Central Parkway near the Jewel Avenue exit in Forest Hills.
Witnesses say that he was weaving in and out of traffic when his motorcycle struck the rear end of a Toyota RAV4 that was traveling in the right center lane.
Emergency crews transported Mason by ambulance to New York Hospital of Queens. He later died as the result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.
The 49-year-old driver of the RAV4 and a 26-year-old woman who had been a passenger in the vehicle were also transported to New York Hospital of Queens to be treated for neck and back injuries, police said. Both are expected to survive.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad was probing the incident. It is unknown whether Mason had been wearing a helmet at the time of the fatal crash.
Motorcyclists who have been in accidents also face additional challenges that other types of motorists don’t. Unlike accidents involving automobiles, motorcyclists do not have the benefit of no-fault insurance coverage in the state of New York. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, at Goldstein & Bashner are prepared to work diligently on your behalf. Contact us today at (516) 874-4281 for a free, no obligation consultation.