Officials fret over motorcycle crashes; victims often baby boomers


State safety officials say this is not a road that Minnesota wants to be on – there have been at least 32 motorcycle fatalities this year, putting the state on a path to one of the most deadly years ever for motorcycle riders, the Star Tribune reports.

In many cases, the victims are baby boomers, the newspaper reports. More than half the deaths this year have involved riders older than 45, the Star Tribune reports.

The most recent crash was on a highway south of the Twin Cities early Saturday morning, when a 54-year-old Owatonna woman, a motorcycle passenger, was killed, the Star Tribune reported.

Three people were killed on July 4 in two separate crashes.

Earlier this month, the Minnesota State Patrol offered these facts about the crashes thus far this year:

Age: 46 percent of the motorcyclists killed were over the age of 50; 31 percent were under 30.

Deer: Two of the fatal crashes involved a collision with a deer, a common trend within the last decade. During 2002-2012, 43 motorcyclists have been killed in a crash with a deer.

Helmet use: Of the 22 motorcyclists with helmet-use cited in crash reports, over half (15) were not wearing a helmet. Seven riders were wearing a helmet.

Factors: Nearly half of the crashes involved another vehicle. In the motorcycle-only crashes, failure to negotiate a curve was cited eight times.

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