Skip to main content

Minnesota deer-motorcycle fatalities in 2013 on pace for new record

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

As deer activity begins to increase in the state, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning motorists and motorcyclists to be aware on the roads, The Associated Press reports.

The agency says seven motorcyclists have been killed in deer-motorcycle fatalities so far this year, matching the record number of motorcyclists killed in crashes with deer in 2008.

Of the 16 people killed in deer-related accidents over the last three years, 15 were motorcyclists, the DPS says.

In addition, the DPS noted, there were 48 deer-motorcycle fatalities from 2002 to 2012, up nearly five times from the 10 deaths reported from 1991 to 2001.

Citing a survey from State Farm Insurance, the Duluth News Tribune reports that Minnesotans have a 1 in 80 chance of hitting a deer on the road, ranking six on national list for the likelihood of drivers hitting deer.

West Virginia is first in the nation for the odds of hitting a deer (1 in 41) and Hawaii is last (1 in 6,787).

The DPS urges that motorists and motorcyclists be more vigilant at dusk and dawn, when deer are most active.

The agency also suggests several general motorcycle safety tips on the Minnesota DPS website.

Next Up

Daunte Wright

Girlfriend of Daunte Wright sues Kim Potter, Brooklyn Center

She was sitting in the passenger seat the day Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Carol Ann Swigart

Minneapolis woman missing, hasn't been heard from since June

Carol Ann Swigart was last heard from the week of June 27.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Twin Cities man found on side of the road with stab wounds

In an update, the victim is recovering from his injuries.

IMG_4298

July 2022 in Minnesota was hotter, windier and drier than normal

Last year was the hottest summer on record in the Twin Cities, and this July was actually hotter than July 2021.

gavin kaysen

Spoon Thief Catering is Chef Gavin Kaysen's latest venture

The company will specialize in catering to small gatherings.

Nicolae Miu

Charges reveal new details of Nicolae Miu's alleged stabbing spree

Miu has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of first-degree intentional attempted homicide.

Screen Shot 2022-08-01 at 12.42.42 PM

Buffalo man charged with murdering his father in rural Minnesota cabin

A note found by investigators seemingly reveals details about the father and son's relationship.

Screen Shot 2022-08-01 at 12.33.36 PM

Blaine native becomes newest anchor at KARE 11

Morgan Wolfe spent the past two years at a TV station in Utah.

Related