We at Johnson Eiesland would like to welcome all riders and visitors to the Black Hills for the 75th Annual 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Rally Blog about common legal issues facing those who come to the Sturgis Rally.
We love the Black Hills and its natural beauty. Our home is a source of great pride for us and we are proud to share it with you all. It is our hope that you enjoy the many recreational activities our home offers, and we hope you come back again in the future.
This Rally is predicted to be the largest in history. Without attempting to put a damper on anyone’s fun, this message is authored to serve as a brief reminder of various unfortunate issues which seem more prevalent during Rally season. This message is also authored to address common legal issues past Rally goers have faced. It is our sincere and genuine hope that by directing your attention to some of these issues, you are able to avoid any and all of these circumstances.
First, there are going to be many riders; many of which are not as experienced as you. It is important that you exercise a heightened vigilance and caution while riding. There are uncontrollable variables that can present themselves, and unfortunately will present themselves, to undeserving riders. Even while in compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules of the road, situations can present themselves which put you at a drastic disadvantage. In-experienced riders operating a bike that is too powerful, impaired drivers, exhibitionist driving, speeding, distracted driving, uninsured/underinsured riders, and clogged traffic are just a few of the variables you cannot control, but need to be prepared to meet. It is important to be watchful so as to avoid tragedy caused by someone else.
If you find yourself in an accident, the most important thing is your health. If you are injured seek immediate medical attention. Adrenalin can have a major influence on one’s pain tolerance. You should seek medical attention as soon as you notice any symptoms. Be specific about all of your symptoms. Sometimes brain or neck injuries are not immediately apparent. In addition, take the following precautions:
1- Preserve any evidence. Contact the police and they will be able to assist in the preserving of evidence. Photographs of the whole scene can be vital.
2- Get contact information of witnesses. Often times this information can be recorded in the police report, but witnesses often drive off without leaving contact information.
3- Talk to the police to get your statement, the at-fault driver’s statement and the statements of any witnesses in writing.
4- Lastly, contact an experienced personal injury trial lawyer. We hope you give us a chance. We offer free consultations.
We hope you have a great Sturgis 75th Annual Motorcycle Rally. If you have any legal questions, contact us at www.JohnsonEiesland.com or at (800) 998-3998.
Part 2 of our special 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is coming soon.