The annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota wrapped up this past Sunday. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, there were 4 motorcycle accident fatalities at the event this year, down by half from 2017, when 8 motorcyclists died.
As experienced motorcycle accident attorneys in the Midwest, we have seen just how tragic motorcycle accidents can be. While some of them are caused by rider intoxication or inattention, many of them are also caused by weather and road conditions. Oftentimes motorists in trucks and passenger vehicles are the reason a motorcyclist crashes.
Deadly Bike Crashes Down this Year during Sturgis
Data from the SD Highway Patrol shows the following for the accident district encompassing Sturgis and Rapid City during the rally:
- 4 motorcycle crash fatalities
- 56 non-fatal, injury accidents (down from 69 last year)
- 50 non-injury, non-fatal accidents (down from 55 in 2017)
There were also arrests made throughout the rally for DUI and drug offenses, although they are quite small considering the hundreds of thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts who call Sturgis home for 10 days. The number of felony drug arrests rose rather significantly this year, from 46 last year to 77 this year. Misdemeanor drug arrests were up slightly, from 171 to 175. There were 149 DUI arrests this year, and 161 last year.
As local Nebraskans, our law team knows the majesty and freedom provided by this region's open country and highways. We are passionate about helping motorcyclists stay as safe as possible. We are also passionate advocates on their behalf when another motorist's negligence causes a serious accident. You deserve maximum compensation if you were injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. Our attorneys also handle wrongful death claims, which may arise if you lost a loved one in this type of crash.
National Motorcycle Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in 2016, which is the most recent year such statistics are available. That was an increase of 5.1 percent compared to fatalities in 2015.
Consider these other stats from the NHTSA for 2016:
- Helmets are estimated to have saved 1,859 motorcyclists' lives
- It is estimated that helmets could have saved another 802 lives if all riders had worn them
- In Nebraska, 19 riders were killed
- In Nebraska, 47% of riders killed had a blood alcohol concentration of .08+
The NHTSA reminds riders that studies have found helmets to be 37% effective in preventing deadly injuries to motorcycle riders. Helmet use is found to be 41% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists' passengers.
Call Our Experienced Motorcycle Attorneys in Omaha
With decades of combined experience, the attorneys at Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C, L.L.O. are ready to provide the clear, straightforward answers you need in order to decide what to do next. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln or any of the surrounding areas, we can determine if you have a case to pursue compensation for your injuries. To learn more, please call us now at 402-371-4300. We look forward to discussing your case with you.