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Four Weekend Motorcycle Deaths Increase The Yearly Total

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In deaths that took place in Hennipen County and Wright County, four motorcycle riders were killed this weekend. In each case, the motorcycle left the roadway and two of them involved another vehicle.

The deaths came shortly after the recent Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that while overall deaths from motor vehicle accidents are down, the number of deaths involving motorcycles has risen.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic. In this case sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.

With the weather staying warm enough to ride and gas prices staying high more people are driving fuel efficient alternatives. At the same time, recent reports indicate that deaths on motorcycles are rising in Minnesota. It’s important that the following be kept in mind:

1. Yield the right-of-way.

2. Start seeing motorcycles.

3. When on a motorcycle, make sure people see you.

4. When just starting to ride, make sure you have the correct training.

The road is big enough for everyone.