Off-duty Police Officer Killed in Queens Traffic Accident

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QUEENS, NY – An off-duty NYPD police officer was killed Saturday evening in a traffic accident on the Cross Island Parkway, ABC 7 reports.

According to an ongoing investigation by the department, the officer was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle at 5:30 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a 2014 BMW. The New York Daily News reports that the incident occurred near Bell Blvd, and that the 34-year-old officer was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the BMW stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. It is not known whether they suffered injuries in the accident. No charges have been filed at this time.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics and Causes

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there was a 5% decrease in the number of motorcycle fatalities in 2018, the most recent year for which statistics are available. However, the Administration also notes that motorcyclists represent a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities, and that it is incumbent on both motorcyclists and other drivers to reduce these numbers by following traffic safety laws and exercising good judgment.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Poor road conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Operator error
  • Drunk driving
  • Negligence on the part of other motorists

The NHTSA advises all motorcyclists to familiarize themselves with safety best practices, to be properly licensed and registered prior to getting on the road, and to keep their vehicle in good working order. It also urgers other motorists to understand the unique safety challenges faced by motorcyclists, and to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists on the road.

If you or someone you love has been injured or worse in an accident, the New York motorcycle injury attorneys of Finz & Finz, P.C., can help you fight for justice and the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today to begin a free, no-obligation consultation.