South Dakota is a popular rallying place for many kinds of groups. It is a destination of choice for people wanting to attend conferences, festivals and motorcycle events like the world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Of course, the Sturgis event has its share of motorcycle accidents each year. Those accidents, in turn, can result in personal injuries that range from minor to life-threatening.
At this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, at least 10 people have been injured in accidents, with some of those accidents involving other types of vehicles. For example, a motorcycle was going southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when, all of a sudden, a 2011 Ford Escape, which was going northbound at the time, turned directly in front of the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, who was 86 years old, suffered minor injuries. He had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The driver and passenger of the Ford Escape, who had both been wearing seat belts, were not injured.
Another accident involving Sturgis attendees occurred when two motorcycles were going westbound and went into the passing lane. Unfortunately, a giant motor home also went into the passing lane, forcing the motorcycles to slow down. When they did so, one of them hit the other. One of the motorcyclists emerged from that collision unscathed; however, the other one suffered injuries. Thankfully, both motorcyclists were wearing helmets, which undoubtedly helped to prevent more serious injuries.
A third accident happened when a motorcyclist was going westbound on South Dakota Highway 44. It stopped, quite properly, at a stop sign. However, it was then hit by a 2016 Jeep Liberty. The motorcycle driver suffered minor injuries and his passenger suffered serious, but nonlife-threatening, injuries. Accidents like that can result in legal cases seeking compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering.