Deadly accident brings motorcycle safety to forefront

Deadly accident brings motorcycle safety to forefront

After an accident claimed the life of a man on Friday in Cicero, motorcycle safety is being brought to the forefront.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said this is the first deadly motorcycle crash that they are investigating this year and the crash now has the biker community on alert.

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Neil Fry of North Syracuse still remembers the first time he took his motorcycle for a spin.

"To get out and just find some back roads, some place and just drive off and just enjoy it," Fry said.

Fry is part of Bikers United, a charity that's dedicated to providing legal and emotional support for motorcycle victims and their families.

"We just picked up a psychologist and he helps out the family getting through the grieving process in case there is a fatality like there was in Cicero tonight," Fry explained.

Once he heard about the deadly accident in Cicero, he immediately posted on Facebook to let the biker community know.

"A lot of times it makes the people at ease because they know their friends or their family members are safe they at a restaurant or at home," Fry said.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department said drivers need to be more careful and be on the lookout for motorcyclists.

"We have to be more vigilant of the motorcycles, they can be tough sometimes to see if they're in that blind spot of your vehicle," Sergeant Jon Seeber said.

Motorcycle safety is something Fry thinks is really important now with all the distracted drivers on the road.

"That is one of the biggest things right now, people are too busy and they think they have to take that phone call. Well you don't need to take that because if you do and you veer of the side of the road and hit a biker that call was not worth somebody's life," Fry explained.

He encourages motorcyclists to do their part too. They should check their bikes before they head out and it's important that tires are properly inflated and all lights are working.

"If you think somebody is going to be turning out in front of you then it is your responsibility to to start slowing down, even if they don't you've got to be aware of it, you've got to look forward, you always have to keep your head moving, you got to be looking forward," Fry said.

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