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Motorcyclist Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Wreck at Sioux Falls Intersection

Jeff Cole
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Sadly, it seems like you can tell summer is coming in Sioux Falls when the reports of motorcycle accidents start to spike in the news—and it’s scary just how many riders are injured in these accidents every year.

Most recently, according to a report from the Argus Leader, a rider was hurt in a multiple-vehicle accident took place just before 10 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the intersection of 41st Street and Larch Avenue. Two motorcycles collided head-on with a Nissan Altima in the shared turning lane at the intersection, near the Milky Way drive-in, causing the riders to strike the Altima and another vehicle.

Both riders were ejected from their bikes in the accident, and one rider was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries. Officials say that the rider’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and no one else involved in the wreck reported injuries or requested medical treatment at the scene.

Intersections are often especially dangerous for riders, as their smaller vehicles sometimes go unnoticed in the mix of vehicles coming, going, turning, and responding to traffic signals. In motorcycle accidents, it’s very common for the rider to have been hit by a car turning left or merging into a turning lane, simply because the driver “didn’t see” the motorcycle.

Motorcycle accidents become all too common in South Dakota’s summer months, and it’s important that everyone on the road be more alert for smaller, less visible vehicles. As summer gets into full swing, our team urges riders and drivers alike to take extra caution on the road and always watch for motorcycles.

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