August and September Tied as Deadliest Months for Minnesota’s Motorcyclists
Bradley Mordini, 42, and Michelle Sugar, 38, were severely injured when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a car in late September. The car’s driver made a left turn, failing to yield to the motorcycle that was headed toward the intersection. Both riders were transported to Sanford Fargo Hospital, where Sugar died days after the accident.
Sugar was the 10th Minnesota motorcyclist to die in September, tying the total number of motorcyclists that were killed in August. Her death was the 49th motorcycle fatality in the state in 2012.
September has tied with August as the deadliest months for Minnesota’s motorcyclists this year. The number of motorcyclist deaths has already surpassed the 42 fatalities that occurred in all of 2011, making 2012 the deadliest year for Minnesota’s motorcyclists since 2009.
Because motorcycles do not offer the same level of protection offered by cars, motorcyclists are vulnerable to other vehicles and road hazards. Accidents involving motorcycles often result in serious injury or death. Although most accidents involve the negligence of other drivers, it is important for motorcyclists to take steps to protect themselves on the road. For more information about motorcycle safety, please visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Safety Center.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben has helped many motorcycle accident victims receive generous compensation for their injuries. Call (612) 377-7777 or 1-800-752-4265 (toll free) for a free consultation.