Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Every year there are motorcycle accidents during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and this year will be no exception. In fact, approximately 1/3 of western South Dakota’s motorcycle accidents for the entire YEAR are connected to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I guess it is hard not to have a few fender benders when there are hundreds of thousands of your closest friends circling through the Black Hills, SD, area. While minor motorcycling accidents are to be expected, it is truly tragic when a motorcyclist dies during this incredibly festive occasion. If you are heading down to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions and avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
Motorcyclists from all over the country make the trek to South Dakota for a week of drinking, eating, and riding. Unfortunately, alcohol and motorcycles make a deadly combination. According to the Examiner, during last year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a female rider from Kansas missed a stop sign and crashed into a motorcyclist, injuring his leg in the process. The rider was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and faced heavy fines and penalties.
The blood alcohol limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08%, just like most areas in the United States. During last year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol arrested more motorcyclists for driving under the influence of alcohol than in previous years. Through the 2009 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, there were 316 DUI arrests, compared with only 253 in 2008 and 72 accidents which involved serious injury. And it is predicted that 2010 may be the biggest year yet so expect more police and more enforcement.
Just how much drinking is done during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? According to some estimates, there are approximately 3 million gallons of beer consumed during the two weeks around the rally!
If you are heading to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, remember to stay safe and avoid drinking and driving. In addition, be aware of other motorcyclists on the road that may be inebriated. If you are injured or involved in a motorcycle accident during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, you will need a motorcycle accident attorney who understands the complexities involving a motorcycle accident at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
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