As the weather begins to warm up, motorcyclists are naturally more inclined to take their vehicles onto the road. Unfortunately, it also means that there is a higher risk for a motorcycle accident. On May 5, 2013, a motorcyclist was killed when his vehicle collided with a 2002 Mercury sports utility vehicle. The victim was 34-year old Medford resident Michael Luthy. According to Suffolk County police, Luthy had been riding his 2007 Kawasaki on Sills Road in Yaphank when the accident occurred. CBS reported that he was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.
Unfortunately, this is not the only recent case involving a deadly motorcycle accident. Days before Luthy’s accident, Newsday also reported that a motorcyclist died in a crash with a pickup truck. Anthony Jacovino, a 38-year old of North Babylon, collided with a 2005 Dodge pickup while riding south on Commack Road. The truck had been heading west on Vanderbilt Parkway. Sadly, yet another Long Island motorcycle fatality was reported late last month by the Wall Street Journal; 25 year old
Thomas Smith of Mastic Beach was thrown from his motorcycle after he collided with a car being backed into a driveway. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Traffic Safety Marketing of the US Department of Transportation reminds the public that motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as other motor vehicle drivers. Drivers of other vehicles are reminded to safely share the road with motorcycles.