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Fatal Motorcycle Accidents up at Sturgis

Saturday, August 14, 2010
This is not what you want to happen at the rally  so be careful folks. This accident backed up traffic between Deadwood and Sturgis.
Don't let this be you. As the 2010 Sturgis Rally draws to a close, we encourage riders to exercise extra caution as they make the journey home.  
Four motorcyclists returning from rally killed in Iowa in head-on crash.

Three motorcycle crashes claim three lives before the official start of Rally.

Two bikers killed Sunday in separate accidents.

Rally-related accidents claim more lives.

Missouri motorcyclist killed in crash on I-90 in SD.

Plucked these headlines out of the Rapid City Journal over the course of the last 10 days. As the 70th annual Sturgis Rally draws to a close this weekend, motorcyclists will be flooding the highways and byways once more. Be careful out there people. The four riders in the first headline were hit by a pickup that crossed into their lane in a construction zone.
We urge everybody on the road trying to get home to exercise extra caution. Look three, four, five times if need be. Don’t assume cagers see you. Back it down a little if you’re on an unfamiliar stretch. And make sure your tires have enough pressure and are in good shape. Our condolences to the families of the riders in the headlines. We simply posted them as a word of caution. We want everybody to get home safely so that we can do it all again next year.
Post Tags: Sturgis, Sturgis 2010, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, motorcycle accidents
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Jerry Wilson -mr. August 18, 2010 05:56 AM
I have rode my harley screaming eagle ultra classic for 30yrs,I have purchased many motorcycles, I do wear a helmet it is my option,I recently was ran over at 80mph by a women on a cell phone, outlaw the things that really cause a situation not what non-riders belive happens,What was the cause of accidents before cell-phones all you had to worry about was the people that were drinking and the ones with other things on their minds.now they are talking about their next divorce and new boy friends
EAB -Correction August 17, 2010 12:15 PM
Jay, you were right, but the "biker" part was in quotes, meaning the folks that pose at the local bike nights instead of sorting out how to ride safely. Again, learn to read.
EAB -One more thing August 17, 2010 12:12 PM
I put approx 15K miles a year on my bike(s). I do it all sober, and in full "head to toe" safety gear to include an OSHA neon green jacket that you can see from the moon. The bike nights, poker runs, and sh*t like Sturgis all circle around a mentality of beer, no safety gear, and motorcycles mix. They most certainly do not, not unless one wants to increase the risk to a point of certainty.
EAB - Learn to Read, there, Jay August 17, 2010 12:10 PM
I didn't say every biker. I said every biker I have seen in an accident this year has fit a certain description, either a crotch rocket poser or a pirate with little experience, no helmet, and a buzz from the bike night Bud Light stand.
Jay Jacobs -EAB August 17, 2010 02:16 AM
I ride a 800lbs Harley, I wear a helmet, what you ride has noting to do with ones chance of being in a wreck. Usually its more about experience,most deaths occure in one first year of riding regardless of ones choice to wear a helmet or not.I just to choose to give myself every chance of survival.EAB you must not ride because you say every biker puts being a billy bad arse above every thing else.So you have no clue about the cause and effect of accidents as you drive your SUV reading you newspaper,and talking on you phone.Most deaths are caused by people just like you......................
Tim B -EAB August 16, 2010 09:59 AM
I thought about the beer and drugs as well. Nobody can deny that stuff is rampant at nearly every biker rally, especially one as large as this and mainly appealing to the Harley guys.

The helmet issue was a good point as most Harley riders are too "cool" and "tough" to wear one where they are allowed to do so.

The driver of the truck that hit the riders head on should be charged with four counts of murder. He'll probably get off because it will be deemed an "accident".
EAB -Come on, the real issue, please?? August 16, 2010 06:34 AM
I find it ironic, Brian, that you mentioned nothing of safety gear or avoiding alcohol while riding. Out of all of the incidents in Sturgis you bring special attention to the ONE single case where it is possible that riding skill or alcohol had nothing to do with it. This is a perfect demonstration as to why we have the issues we do have in the motorcycling community. Every "biker" puts being Billy Bad Arse, black leather, no helmet, and beer consumption above common sense. Never underestimate the power of stupidity in numbers I guess. Every accident I have seen on the news this year in our area has been either a kid wadding up his crotch rocket at 110MPH or, more frequently, a dude on a cruiser coming back from one of our many weekly bike nights. You know, the events where the infrequent rider dons his pirate gear, gets his bright Harley out of the garage, you know, the 800Lb bike he bought after not riding for 20 years; riding to bike night sans any sort of safety gear, drinking Bud Light until he himself is lit, then attempting to ride home. Most of them are 30MPH or slower, and the death is because they hit their unhelmeted head on the pavement.