Motorcycle deaths continue to rise this year. To date, there have been 26 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota, compared to 23 at this time last year. State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske says that there were 7 riders killed in July alone. He says that common factors contributing to fatal motorcycle crashes include failure to yield right-of-way, driver inattention and motorcyclist error. In 2011 there were 42 motorcycle rider deaths in Minnesota, and 45 in 2010. Motorists are encouraged to share the roads, drive at safe speeds and look twice for motorcyclists.