Troy Walton discusses motorcycle accidents and warmer weather

free case evaluation
100% Secure and Confidential
Rated 5 Stars
5.0 Google Rated
Troy Walton discusses motorcycle accidents and warmer weather

Helping Injured People Get Results

$7M

Product Liability

$31M

Medical Malpractice

$5.75M

Product Liability

Warmer weather = Motorcycle Accidents

motorbike accident st louis

At our firm there is one thing we can pretty much set our watch to, when spring rolls around and the temperatures start to rise, we will get calls from motorcycle riders injured in accidents. Just last week I filed a suit on behalf of a Macoupin County, Illinois motorcyclist who was seriously injured when a car pulled out in front of him in Madison County, Illinois. The driver was cited for failure to yield. Most often, the motorcyclists are not at fault and the accidents are caused by drivers of vehicles who simply say “I did not see the motorcycle.”

Unfortunately, deaths from motorcycle accidents are rising. In fact, five motorcyclists have been killed in the greater St. Louis area since temperatures began to rise this March.

Awareness will keep you from injury or tragedy

Before heading to work, dashing to the grocery store, or planning a road trip, we encourage you to consciously remember to share the road with motorcycles and proactively look out for them. We also always encourage our motorcyclists to proactively look for vehicles that may not see them and position themselves to be seen, especially when approaching intersections and when changing lanes.

In a report released last April, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected that deaths from motorcycle accidents increased approximately 9 percent in 2012, to more than 5,000 lives lost.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure

Everyone on the road can help avoid accidents involving motorcycles.

Vehicle drivers should expect to see motorcycles at all times, but especially when the weather improves from cold and blustery to sunny and warm.

1)    For motorcyclists and vehicle drivers both, Pay Attention! Don’t drive distracted and remember it is now illegal in Illinois to hold a cell phone and drive. Inattention is the major cause of motorcycle crashes, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

2)    Don’t drink and ride! The Centers for Disease Control report that one third of motorcycle accident fatalities involve a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

3.)   Motorcyclists – make yourself seen by wearing a light-colored helmet & bright protective clothing; use your headlight, even during the day and take a safety course before starting to ride.

4.)   Automobile drivers – drive with the assumption something unexpected could happen at any moment. This will help you be more aware and anticipate an accident before it happens.

5.)   Common sense goes a long way – motorcyclists and vehicle drivers both, if you are going to pass another vehicle, do it already! When passing on the left, don’t just hang out in the left lane and take a long time to pass. The longer you hang out in a potential blind spot, the greater chance you have of creating an accident. If you can’t pass, hang back far enough to be seen in a rear view mirror and give yourself enough time to react if the vehicle or motorcycle in the other lane does something unexpected. Most people know this, but I am amazed at the number who apparently do not.

We wish everyone a safe riding season and encourage all to look out for motorcycles, especially during the spring, summer and fall months.

Troy Walton
Partner – Walton Telken
Licensed in Illinois and Missouri

CONTACT US FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW TODAY

Awards & Recognition

We’re a Midwest-based law firm, small by choice, with big impact. At Walton Telken, our mission is simple: achieve the best possible outcomes for each of our clients. Powered by our passion for victims’ rights and 150 years of combined legal experience, we work hard towards this goal every day—and we have the track record to prove it.

Free Initial Consultations.
No Fee Unless We Win.

We’re here to help recover maximum monetary damages to compensate you for your physical, financial and emotional losses. The personal injury lawyers at our firm understand your concerns and are committed to responding to your needs with strong advocacy and legal counsel. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your personal injury or work-related injury claim at one of our office locations in Illinois or Missouri.

At Walton Telken, trial practice is core to our DNA. We’re unafraid to fight on your behalf aggressively to ensure you recover the monetary damages you deserve.

100% Secure and Confidential

Our Locations

Google Map of 241 N Main St Edwardsville IL

Edwardsville, IL

241 N Main St, Edwardsville IL 62025
618-272-2284
Google Map of 214 N Clay Ave Suite 140 St. Louis MO

St. Louis, MO (By Appointment Only)

214 N Clay Ave Suite 140, St. Louis MO 63122
314-441-7133

Available 24/7

phone icon844-307-7349

"*" indicates required fields

Our award-winning attorneys will contact you for a free case evaluation.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
100% Secure and Confidential