Graphic Credit: Free Spirit Riders' Club
Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2013 6:51AM
Motorcycle Deaths Increased from Last Year
ST. PAUL (TEC News) - The Minnesota State Patrol reports that motorcycle deaths have increased since this time last year. A report shows that 26 people have lost their lives compared to the 18 last year. At the beginning of this month five have already died.
2013 Fatal Motorcycle Crash Facts
•Age: 46 percent of the motorcyclists killed were over the age of 50; 31 percent were under 30.
•Deer: Two of the fatal crashes involved a collision with a deer, a common trend within the last decade. During 2002-2012, 43 motorcyclists have been killed in a crash with a deer.
•Helmet Use: Of the 22 motorcyclists with helmet-use cited in crash reports, over half (15) were not wearing a helmet. Seven riders were wearing a helmet.
•Contributing Factors: Nearly half of the crashes involved another vehicle. In the motorcycle-only crashes, failure to negotiate a curve was cited eight times.
•Location: Over 60 percent of the crashes occurred in a rural area and over one-third in the 12-county metro area. Top four deadliest counties include:
◦Dakota, Pine & Crow Wing: 2
MMSC 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