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Minnesota Motorcycle Crash Deaths on the Rise in 2013

Dave Langevin - Thursday, July 18, 2013

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, more motorcyclists have died this year on Minnesota roads compared to this time last year.

So far, 26 riders have lost their lives in 2013.  There were 18 motorcycle crash deaths in Minnesota at this point in 2012.

Minnesota Department of Motorcycle Safety Center Program Coordinator, Bill Shaffer, encourages motorists to share the roads, drive at safe speeds and look twice for motorcyclists.  He also says riders should wear full protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, brightly colored jacket, rider pants, boots and gloves. Most importantly, he encourages riders to get trained.

“Training is a life-saving option that teaches riders crash-avoidance techniques to stay safe on the road,” says Shaffer. “Any experience level is welcome; you can never get too much training as a new rider, returning rider or experienced rider.”

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.
The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations.

Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

Contact the attorneys at 612-ASK-DAVE if you or a family member has been involved in a Minnesota motorcycle accident.  Our attorneys will investigate the accident and ensure you and your family are adequately compensated for injures, lost wages, and medical expenses.  We will also ensure all possible claims are explored and all legal rights are protected.