Despite the fact that the number of motorcycle crashes in Minnesota decreased 13% from 2017 to 2018, there was an increase of 9% in fatalities (from 53 to 58). Research by the Minnesota Department of Transportation has uncovered a number of concerning reasons for the relatively large number of fatalities. Forty-seven motorcyclists killed in crashes were tested for alcohol in their blood, with 20 having at least some alcohol present. Fifteen were above the legal limit for alcohol. In addition, only 28% of bikers killed in crashes in 2018 were wearing helmets. On the whole, motorcycle crashes in Minnesota proved deadly, with 6% of all motorcycle crashes proving fatal.
These statistics are certainly alarming, and no one will debate that alcohol use did contribute to a number of crashes. There is no law requiring helmet use in Minnesota, but based on statistics, we know that helmet use does decrease injuries and the number of fatalities. But another important, overarching factor in these crashes is the behavior of others on the road. Impaired, distracted, and unaware drivers present a hazard to everyone on the road. What do you do if you have been hurt in a crash due to the negligence of others? First, get appropriate medical attention. Next, call 1-800-MOTORCYCLE and speak to an experienced attorney.
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With such dire statistics involving motorcycle crashes, you may feel the odds are stacked against you. Surely, insurance companies are aware of these statistics, too. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they are biased against bikers: they assume that all bikers choose to ride recklessly. But we know the truth! In fact, the majority of bikers choose to ride responsibly. If you have been riding responsibly and have been hurt in a crash, we will fight for you. Even if you feel you may have been partly at fault, you may still have a case. Never accept blame in a case without first consulting an experienced lawyer.
When you contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, you will speak with an experienced lawyer that has handled hundreds of cases. And, chances are, you will also be speaking with a fellow biker. We ride, and we know the lingo. We understand the draw of the open road, and the desire to return to health so that you can reassume your position in your family, at work, and on your bike. Contact us at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE today to learn how we can help you.
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Minnesota Motorcycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a motorcycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Minnesota’s motorcycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Bikers must wear eye protection consisting of a face shield, goggles, or glasses. A windscreen is not acceptable eye protection.
- Motorcyclists under the age of 18 and those with a permit are required to wear a DOT approved helmet.
- A headlight must be used at all times.
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