Minnesota roadways are no strangers to motorcycle crashes in the summer months. The high concentration of motorcycles on the roads in addition to the amount of traffic in the summer as tourists go to and from the many lakes contribute to the number of accidents.
In one case, a Rochester woman died in a motorcycle crash in northwest Rochester.
The 58-year-old woman was riding her motorcycle southbound on Highway 52 around 6 p.m. under the 44th Street bridge when she suddenly lost consciousness and lost control of her motorcycle.
The motorcycle rested under the bridge after the crash. The woman was traveling with two other bikers. She was sent to the Saint Mays Campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital by ambulance and later died at the hospital.
There has not been word as to what caused her to lose consciousness, but no negligence has been cited in this particular case.
This is one of the rare cases where a motorist, a poorly maintained road, or a mechanical defect has not contributed to the accident. In many motorcycle accidents, motorists are the cause. The motorist does not watch out for the motorcyclist and they cut them off when switching lanes or run out in front of them at an intersection. T-bone accidents are some of the most common types of motorist vs. motorcycle accidents that are seen by law enforcement.
In another motorcycle accident in northwest Rochester, a motorcyclist was injured on 75th Street Northwest.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office stated that a car was entering Highway 52 northbound when he pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, causing the biker to be thrown from his bike.
The motorcyclist, 49, of Las Vegas, was transported to the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Mays Campus and his injuries were non-life-threatening. The driver of the car was not hurt either.
However, this is the perfect example of how negligence can lead to a collision with a motorcyclist. In this case, neither of the involved individuals showed signs of immediate injury. However, this does not mean that injuries will not appear at a later time. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and he could develop pain later. Some injuries are progressive, which means they worsen over time. Then there are those that do not develop any symptoms of an injury over time.
When a person is in a motorcycle accident, it is very important to seek medical attention even if there are no injury symptoms so that the accident is properly documented. This information can be used later to help build a personal injury case if symptoms do develop over time. Your own insurance company may not want to pay for injuries that were caused by someone else, so it is very important to have as much documentation as possible.