Authorities respond to motorcycle accident on Deadwood Avenue
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A motorcycle accident in Rapid City caused traffic delays on Tuesday evening, but fortunately no one was seriously injured.
The crash happened around 5 p.m. on Deadwood Avenue when a motorcycle followed too closely behind a white jeep and ended up crashing into the back of it.
Authorities say one person received minor injuries, and no one was transported to the hospital.
Traffic was held up for about a quarter of a mile while officials worked to clear the road. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Rapid City Fire Department responded to the incident.
Tailgating can often be a factor in motorcycle accidents. In traffic, bikers need just as much distance to stop as other vehicles.
With good road conditions, a two-second following distance is generally advised. This allows time to react to sudden events and also provides a better view of potholes and road hazards up ahead.
Additionally, maintaining that distance gives room to escape if a driver coming from behind doesn’t stop quickly enough, or if the vehicle in front starts backing up.
A different motorcycle accident happened on Monday afternoon on I-90 near the Black Hawk exit. In that incident, a biker saw a crash up ahead and swerved off of the road. He was thrown off the vehicle, but fortunately sustained only minor injuries.
In South Dakota, motorcycles make up less than 8 percent of registered vehicles, but represent 17.5 percent of total fatalities on average.
You can learn more about motorcycle safety, collision avoidance and state laws regarding motorcycles here.
(This story has been corrected from an earlier version clarifying that the Tuesday accident happened on Deadwood Avenue, not West Chicago Street.)