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Motorcycle safety in Minnesota

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riding embodies freedom, exhilaration and adventure. However, alongside these thrills lurk significant risks. Motorcycle accidents can have terrible outcomes, leading to severe injuries or even fatalities. Injuries incurred after motorcycle accidents range from minor scrapes to life-altering conditions.

Head injuries are one of the most common and severe outcomes of motorcycle crashes, often leading to traumatic brain injuries that can have lifelong repercussions. Spinal cord, broken bones and road rash are also frequent concerns, each carrying its own set of challenges. Beyond the physical toll, these injuries can also result in emotional trauma and financial burden for victims and their families.

Three key factors for motorcycle safety

In Minnesota, there has been a share of motorcycle accidents. While the numbers have been decreasing in recent years thanks to various safety initiatives, there’s still much work to be done to help ensure the safety of riders. Here are ways to contribute to motorcycle safety:

  • Rider education and training: In Minnesota, the Department of Public Safety offers the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) training courses for amateur and experienced riders. These courses cover essential skills such as maneuvering, braking and defensive riding techniques, empowering riders to handle various road situations safely.
  • Use of proper safety gear: Minnesota law requires helmets for all riders and passengers under 18, and it’s strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets regardless of age. Protective clothing, including gloves, jackets, pants and boots, can also help minimize injuries in a crash.
  • Obeying traffic laws and defensive riding: Following traffic laws includes obeying traffic signals, speed limits and road signs. These laws help reduce the risk of accidents and ensure harmony with other road users. Defensive riding involves predicting likely accident hazards and taking measures to avoid them. Maintain a safe following distance, stay visible to other motorists and be aware of hazards such as road debris, weather conditions and other drivers’ behaviors.

By understanding the risks associated with motorcycle riding, riders can enjoy the freedom of the open road while reducing the chances of accidents and injuries. With that said, if one has been in a motorcycle accident despite their best efforts, they can benefit from seeking legal guidance to better understand their rights and options under the law.