EDWARDSVILLE - Troy Walton, of the law firm Schoen Walton Telken and Foster, has filed suit in Madison County on behalf of an injured motorcyclist and his wife.
Matthew and Bridget Mullinex are seeking damages in excess of $50,000 resulting from a motorcycle crash last summer.
Walton warns motorists to be aware of motorcycles and mentions that, contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle-related crashes are the motorist’s fault, not the motorcyclist’s.
"At this time of year, when the weather gets warmer, we get a lot of calls from motorcyclists who have been injured in crashes," Walton said. "Unfortunately, given the serious nature of these collisions, when these crashes occur we are often being contacted by a family member who has lost their loved one.”
Five fatalities have been reported this month in the Metro St. Louis area alone.
According to the lawsuit, Matthew Mullinex was riding his 2007 Harley Davidson west on Staunton Road last August when Barbara Bassett of New Douglas pulled her Ford F-150 in front of Mullinex, causing him to crash.
Mullinex suffered multiple serious injuries to the left side of his body.
“We want to remind the public to be aware of increased motorcycle traffic, particularly during the warmer months,” Walton said. “We must learn to share the road with motorcyclists and start looking for and seeing motorcycles.”
Walton's blog about motorcycle-related lawsuits and tips for avoiding motorcycle-related accidents can we viewed at http://www.schoenwalton.com/blog/motorcycle-accidents-and-warmer-weather/