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Motorcycle rally racks up fatalities

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is racking up fatalities this year - as well as keeping law enforcement busy.

Monday, a 60-year-old Wisconsin man died instantly when a van pulled out in front of him. According to the Department of Public Safety, alcohol was not a factor and the man was wearing a helmet. This accident is still under investigation and it is unknown at this time whether the van driver was a distracted driver, a negligent driver or exactly what his reason was for failure to yield the right-of-way.

A 55-year-old Richmond Hills, Texas, man died on Monday when he ran off the road while going around a curve. He also was wearing a helmet. According to the Department of Public Safety, he was thrown off his motorcycle.

In addition to the fatalities, three more accidents, where victims suffered injuries, were also reported. A husband and wife from Nebraska, both in their fifties, were in an accident when the man - who was driving - lost control of the motorcycle on a curve. The wife was wearing a helmet, which resulted in only minor injuries for her; however, the husband's injuries are life threatening.

While alcohol was not a factor in any of the accidents above, law enforcement has made 113 DUI arrests since Monday. Drug arrests currently total 102. These numbers will no doubt rise throughout the week.

Clearly, the bike rally is getting a lot of attention, but the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities shows how dangerous these vehicles can be. A motorcycle collision can result in catastrophic injuries to a motorcycle accident victim.

If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident and have suffered injuries due to another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can help you understand what your rights and entitlements are in a civil lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident.

Source:, "2 more fatal accidents at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally" No author given, Aug. 06, 2013

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