This past week we have written about injuries, accidents and deaths at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Our goal is not to turn people away from these events – rallies are a great way to meet new people and enjoy the camaraderie of the motorcycle community. Instead, we want new riders to know that you take a risk when you attend a rowdy gathering with thousands of bikers.
Here are some tips if you plan to attend one of the nation’s big rallies, like the patriotic Rolling Thunder, the cowboy-friendly Little Sturgis or Americade, the world’s largest bike rally.
- Drink responsibly. Beer and whiskey play almost as big a role as the bikes in most of these rallies, and a great number of motorcycle accidents involve intoxicated bikers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 43 percent of bikers who died in single vehicle accidents were at or above the legal alcohol limit in 2008.
- Learn the area. South Dakota law officials blamed many of the Sturgis accidents on the fact that most visiting riders were not familiar with the area, which included many hills and sharp turns. Use Google Maps to study the area beforehand.
- Ride in daylight. More statistics from NHTSA show that most motorcycle accidents happen at night. You can mitigate your accident risk by planning rides during the day and other events after sunset.
If you were injured or lost a loved one at a motorcycle rally accident, give us a call at (866) 377-3800, submit a contact form or leave a comment below. There is no charge for discussing your accident, and we might be able to help.
Metier Law Firm, LLC – Denver accident attorneys