With a warm sun and blue skies, it’s motorcycle season across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Most motorcycle enthusiasts will tell you few things come close to the feeling of freedom that comes with riding down the open road and the roar of the engine.
That is not the only thing bikers know, however, as they also understand that the enjoyment comes with sobering risks; particularly that there is a much higher chance of experiencing a serious injury or death during an accident than those who stick to cars and trucks. Therefore, it’s important to understand the risks of riding and take precautions in order to stay safe on the road.
Since July 1, the Minnesota state patrol reported 67 motor vehicle accidents, and 10 of them involved motorcycles. While those in cars and trucks experienced a fatality in 4.5 percent of accidents, motorcyclists died in 30 percent of the accidents in which they were involved.
Another important fact is that 50 percent of motorcycle accidents did not involve another vehicle. Some accidents occurred due to road conditions or equipment malfunctions. On July 12th a man attempted to avoid a deer in the road and crashed as a result, experiencing life-threatening injuries. Although the crash was unavoidable, he was also not wearing a helmet.
We all have a responsibility to look out for one another and drive safely. Motorcyclists understand the risks to which they are exposing themselves, but it’s their right to take that risk.
People driving cars and trucks must also pay attention to the road and be alert for motorcycles so that they can avoid collisions. Motorcycle riders need to remember they are not as visible as other vehicles and take proactive steps to stay safe on the road. Working together is how we can reduce the number of serious injuries and lives lost in roadside accidents.
In addition to wearing a helmet, motorcycle riders can take several other steps to keep themselves safe while they enjoy the open road. Make sure your bike is in good shape and that you have a Safe Riding Strategy each time you go for a ride. Understanding your skill level and keeping a safe distance from other motorists are also great tips for staying safe. If you would like even more information on how you can reduce the risk of an accident, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Safety Center provides a resource section dedicated to Rider Tips. Motorcycle Training classes are also offered throughout the 5-state area.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident and don’t know where you should turn, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben are ready to take your call and assist you with recovery. We will look at the facts and help you decide what path to take to improve your odds of getting a fair outcome. If you want us to handle your legal battle so that you can focus on your recovery, contact us online or give us a call right away to schedule a free consultation at 612-377-777 or toll free at 1-800-752-4265.