Minnesota motorcycle fatalities high so far in 2015

By Restovich Braun & Associates | 10/26/2016 |

Minnesota has experienced six motorcycle fatalities so far in 2015, with five of them happening since April 15.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that May is national Motorcycle Awareness Month. In looking at reports around Minnesota, increased awareness about motorcycle safety are needed.

A story published on KMT.com notes that so far this year, six motorcyclists have lost their lives in accidents. Of those deaths, five have happened since April 15. This number of fatalities over such a short time reminds everyone of the reality that motorcycle riders face many hazards on the roads.

Some recent motorcycle crashes include the following:

  • A Blue Earth County crash in which a passenger vehicle and motorcycle collided, killing both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle.
  • A Little Canada accident involving another vehicle and a motorcycle in which the 23-year old biker was killed.
  • A crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist died and an investigation has been launched by the Minnesota State Patrol according to CBS Minnesota.

Fatalities are not the only concern for motorcyclists as serious personal injuries can also result from these crashes. Such was the case for a 24-year old biker taken to the hospital after being sideswiped by a truck.

A look at the statistics

Detailed NHTSA data further reinforces the risks that motorcyclists must face on Minnesota roads every day. In 2013, 61 bikers lost their lives in vehicle crashes. Statewide, 387 people died in all forms of vehicular accidents that year.

In looking at Olmsted County and the surrounding vicinity, the danger remains consistent. Three of the county's 12 automotive deaths that year were motorcyclists. Another six bikers perished in two of Olmsted County's neighboring counties, Wabasha and Goodhue.

Put the stereotypes away

Many people, especially those who do not ride motorcycles, often believe that bikers are reckless. This stereotype is more likely held when thinking about younger motorcyclists. However, a quick look at the NHTSA data shows that the majority of the 2013 fatalities involved people 50 years of age or older. Of the 61 deaths, 20 involved motorcyclists in their 50s and another 14 bikers 60 years and older, thus dispelling the myth that it is young people who operate their bikes negligently that are most susceptible to accidents.

The American Motorcycle Association notes that helmets are only required for those bikers under 18 or with provisional licenses. However, 16 of the 61 deaths in 2013 involved bikers wearing helmets showcasing that helmets alone will not save lives.

Action is needed

Bikers and their loved ones should always be prepared to get help after an accident occurs. Compensation for injuries, pain and suffering and other losses can be achieved and talking to an attorney about this is important.