Attendance soared for the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held in Sturgis, SD. It was the event’s 72nd anniversary. Rally officials estimate that over 500,000 people participated in the rally, known for its wild parties and over-the-top bike modifications. Unfortunately, more bikers mean more traffic and more potential for accidents. Nine people died in rally-related motorcycle accidents during the event, which lasted August 6 – 12.
Last year, only four people died in motorcycle accidents during the rally. This year saw fewer injuries; 50 people sustained injuries in 2012 versus 80 in 2011. There were more drunk driving arrests in 2012 than in 2011 (251 and 235, respectively).
In one accident that killed two people, a Honda utility task vehicle (UTV) collided with a motorcycle with two passengers. The motorcycle rider and the UTV passenger both died. In another, a rider lost control while maneuvering around a sharp corner. Another passed away when his brakes locked and he flew from his bike, and another rider rode over him. Many victims came from out-of-state, including visitors from Colorado, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of these crashes. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an iconic celebration of the motorcycle community and biker spirit, and it is a shame that this celebration is now tinged with tragedy.
If you lost a loved one in a bike accident, we would like to hear from you. As an avid biker himself, lead attorney Tom Metier is passionate about representing victims of motorcycle accidents. Call us today at (866) 377-3800.
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