MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS FREQUENT THIS SPRING – BE CAREFUL OUT THERE
According to the MN State Patrol, one man died and several others were injured in what became a dangerous day for Minnesota motorcyclists this weekend. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, a motorcycle rider was heading south on Highway 61 in Maplewood, approaching a red light at County Road B. Traffic was stopped, so the rider braked and lost control, ejecting himself. He died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.
The person on the motorcycle was identified as 68-year-old Donald Raymond Norquist of St. Paul.
Earlier that day, a Chicago woman was injured when she lost control while riding her motorcycle in Rushford, Minn. Authorities say the woman was attempting a low speed left turn to go west on Highway 16, but, due to a diesel fuel spill in the intersection, she lost control of her Harley-Davidson and slid. She was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This type of motorcycle accident is rarely fatal, but can often result in serious injury.
Then, still the same day, at about 7:38 p.m., three people were injured in a motorcycle crash in East Bethel, Minn. Officials say two motorcyclists were traveling north on Highway 65 just north of Klondike Drive in East Bethel. One was traveling in the right lane, and the other was in the left lane. One of the motorcycles switched from the right lane to the left lane where both bikes collided, causing all riders to be thrown from their bikes and onto the road. One driver and his passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries. The other motorcycle rider, a 45-year-old Coon Rapids man, remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and may die from the crash. According to state patrol, alcohol was a factor in the crash, and no one was wearing a helmet.
The State Patrol recommends that motorcycle drivers take a safe riding refresher course every spring as a tune up, and our lawyers agree that this is a great idea. There is plenty of risk on the road from car drivers not seeing you – do everything you can to make sure your safe riding skills are as up to date as possible.
If you are injured, or a family member is killed, in a motorcycle accident – either while you are a passenger when the driver loses control – or because a car hits you or cuts you off, call us and speak with an attorney for a free consultation. Our MN lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience making sure that injured motorcycle riders are fully compensated for their injuries and representing the family of motorcycle riders killed in accident.