Posted on June 19th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Five people were killed in motorcycle related accidents over last weekend in western New York. Surprising to many people is the fact that the majority of the motorcyclists killed were in their 50’s. Safety experts say that this is not all that surprising for a several reasons. Many older motorcyclists got their licenses in the 1970’s and can now afford larger, more powerful motorcycles. Also, many older motorcyclist wear novelty helmets called “peanut” helmets that do not provide the protection of standard helmets. Motorcyclists wearing the peanut helmets are frequently seriously injured in accidents from which they should be walking away or sustaining only minor injuries. Other serious complicating factors are the texting, talking on cell phones, and listening to loud music from radios and iPods by motorist which distracts them from paying attention to motorcyclist on the roadways. The beginning of the summer season is an adjustment time as well as motorist are not as accustomed to so many more motorcycles on the roadways or being aware of them.
Motorcyclist can keep themselves safer by wearing appropriate helmets and taking motorcycle safety driving courses so they can be better defensive drivers.
The five fatalities included four men and one woman. Alcohol was a factor in one fatality when a 48 year old woman was ejected off the back of the motorcycle she was on. The driver of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. A 29 year-old man died at a hospital resulting from catastrophic injures he sustained when he was ejected from his motorcycle in a motorcycle-van collision where the force of the impact hurled the motorcycle onto him as he lay on the shoulder.
A 50 year-old man died after he missed a curve and hit a guard rail and sign post and suffered full body trauma. And another 50 year -old man was killed when he was ejected from his motorcycle after he lost control. He was wearing a helmet but sustained serious injuries to his upper body. And early Saturday, a 56 year -old man was killed when he and his passenger were ejected from their motorcycle it left the road. The passenger was flown to a local hospital and is stable.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in St. Louis?
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident in or around St. Louis, Missouri, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney at The Cagle Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options. Under Missouri personal injury law, motorcycle accident victims are legally entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of another. This might include negligence on the part of another motorist on the road, or on the part of a company or corporation. For example, if a defect with the motorcycle causes an accident to occur, such as brake failure, the company that manufactured the motorcycle can be held liable for damages. At The Cagle Law Firm, we will thoroughly analyze the circumstances leading up to you or your loved one’s accident to determine who is at fault for the accident and thus liable for injuries. From there, we will aggressively pursue a verdict or settlement for maximum compensation. Our goal is to ensure you are justly compensated for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical bills, lost wages, and any other hardship incurred due to the accident.
Contact the Cagle Law today to speak with an experienced and dedicated St. Louis personal injury lawyer about filing a motorcycle accident or wrongful death claim. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at (314) 276-1681.