FEWER FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES IN RECENT REPORT
According to a recent national report, there’s some good news tucked in with the bad news about motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Sadly, people riding a motorcycle are still dying at a much higher rate than other motorists. However, motorcycle fatalities decreased in 2017 compared to 2016, when deaths hit an eight-year high.
Across the country, 4,798 people were killed in a motorcycle crash in 2017. This compares to 5,251 the year prior, an 8.6 percent decrease, according to the report. In Minnesota 53 motorcycle death cases were reported in 2017. That compares with 52 MN motorcycle fatalities in 2016.
CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT DEATHS
A variety of factors contribute to motorcycle fatalities, including poor decisions by the operator and hazards created by car and trucks, the weather and wildlife. But a big contributing factor is helmet use. The American Motorcyclist Association “strongly encourages” the voluntary use of helmets and other personal protective equipment, including gloves and sturdy footwear. However, they stop short of endorsing a mandate for universal helmet laws.
Helmet use isn’t the only factor in motorcyclist deaths. Alcohol use plays a big role, too, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group’s report shows that in 2016, 37 percent of riders killed in single-vehicle crashes were legally drunk. Of course, the biggest problem is people in cars not seeing the motorcycle on the road, or driving distracted. Getting hit by a car is the primary cause of being killed in a motorcycle accident.
If you are injured or a family member is killed in a motorcycle accident in Minnesota, call us for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. Our lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of MN motorcycle and car accident cases over the last 25 years. We will take the time to explain your rights and make sure you and your family get the compensation you are entitled to.