MSF pays out almost 3/4 million in legal fees in 2007

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s IRS 990 forms give us a snapshot on how much attorneys have become involved in rider training over the years of MSF’s quest to take control over rider education and it’s attempt to fight lawsuits from dangerous training. It proves one thing: Taking over the world of training–and dealing with the injuries and deaths in training–is costing more every year.

In 1997, the last year before the first death in training, MSF spent $17,988 on legal fees. That year, MSF was taking over the New Mexico state program.

In 1998, a student’s aorta was sliced open in a training crash in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, but MSF’s legal fees dropped to $11,764.

In 1999, MSF spent $124,292 on legal fees. It was that year, MSF was working on taking over the Pennsylvania state program.

In 2000, legal fees dropped to $6,356.

In 2001, the year the BRC was rolled out and MSF took over the West Virginia program, MSF spent $32,659 on legal fees.

The following year, 2002, two deaths occurred in Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge program. MSF spent $24,985 on legal fees.

In 2003, the year a woman died in training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, MSF spent $41,505. This was the only death where the training provider was covered by USIS insurance.

In 2004, the year MSF took over the California state program and began threatening rumbles directed at the TEAM Oregon program, MSF spent $365,147.

In 2005, MSF spent $209,919 on legal fees.

In 2006, an instructor died in a training crash in the MSF-administrated California program in Valencia. A student died from injuries in a Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge course in Kenosha, Wisconsin and a bystander suffered a broken hip in a runoff crash in Independence, Missouri. MSF spent 542,740 on legal fees. At the end of the year, MSF filed the lawsuit against TEAM Oregon.

In 2007, a student died in a training crash in Honesdale, and another student was paralyzed from the neck down in a training crash in Sugar Notch. Both crashes were in the MSF-run Pennsylvania program. The lawsuit against TEAM Oregon was still on-going. That year MSF spent $733,695 in legal fees.

Legal costs are soaring--along with the fatality rate

Legal costs are soaring--along with the fatality rate

MSF’s expenses in 2007 totalled $11,809,185, of which legal fees were 6.3%. That same year MSF/MIC/SVIA president Tim Buche earned a total compensation package of $312,412—and MSF paid over $540,000 in liability insurance.


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