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An Apple Valley man is dead after a one vehicle motorcycle accident south of River Falls, Wisconsin.
Daniel Wolter was killed around 9:30 Friday night after he was thrown from his motorcycle. No details are available yet on what caused the crash.
Authorities say it's the latest in a rising number of deaths across the country.
In Minnesota, the number of cyclists killed is at a 24-year high.
Minnesota State Trooper Robert Zak knows what it's like to ride a motorcycle. He says, "It's just as much mentally demanding as it is physically."
He rides a motorcycle to do his job. Minnesota state troopers like him have been patrolling the highways on motorcycles for three years now.
Lt. Matt Langer says, "We have 5 motorcycles with the State Patrol so we are out there in force along with the motorcyclists to try to understand what they do and enforce laws specifically to help those motorcyclists of having a chance at surviving."
That's key because motorcycle ownership is at an all time high. Two-hundred-twenty-five-thousand motorcycles are registered in the state. That's double what it was in 1996.
Perhaps that's why fatalities are up. Seventy-two people died in motorcycle crashes last year, the most since 1985.
Some people have bought motorcycles to save money. Remember the high gas prices last summer? Langer says, "Certainly the high gas prices had something to do with."
Langer reminds them, riding a motorcycle is not like driving a car. He says, "Make sure you have the proper training."
And with warm weather finally here, he warns other drivers to look out for motorcycles as more of them take to the roads. He says, "Pay attention and realize that there's only one headlight instead of two. It's a smaller vehicle so sometimes judging their speed is a little bit different."
To make the roads safer for everyone, Langer asks drivers and motorcycle riders to drive sober, obey the speed limit, signal when making lane changes and avoid distracted driving.
Trooper Zak says motorcyclists must always be aware of their surroundings. He says, "You're constantly looking and evaluating what other traffic is doing, if there's a better spot you can be on your motorcycle, if you're coming up on somebody's blind spot maybe you want to move out of it." Watching out for other drivers is important because no matter who causes an accident, for the motorcyclist, Zak says, there's zero room for error. He says you "Have no buffer. With a car you've got the crumple zones that are built in. On a motorcycle you have nothing. You have air. That's about it."


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A man died Saturday night after crashing his motorcycle in the northwest metro.

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. on County Road 106 in Monticello Township.

Authorities say the motorcyclist was headed westbound when he lost control on a curve and crashed.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

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Good post. These kinds of threads never get old. People quickly forget these things.

Be safe guys and gals and enjoy the summer.
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Trooper Zak says motorcyclists must always be aware of their surroundings. He says, "You're constantly looking and evaluating what other traffic is doing, if there's a better spot you can be on your motorcycle, if you're coming up on somebody's blind spot maybe you want to move out of it." Watching out for other drivers is important because no matter who causes an accident, for the motorcyclist, Zak says, there's zero room for error. He says you "Have no buffer. With a car you've got the crumple zones that are built in. On a motorcycle you have nothing. You have air. That's about it."

Very good points. But, has there ever been any MAJOR push to educate vehicle drivers that motorcycles are more abundant now and THEY have to watch for us too? Yeah many crashes are caused by rider error but I'd have to say that more are caused by cagers not being aware of THEIR surroundings and turning in front of, not stopping for, just not seeing motorcycles in general. How many times do we read, " I never saw him" before states D.O.T. puts more awareness training on the 4 wheeled operators?


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