A newly married bride was killed in a motorcycle accident while en route to her reception. The accident happened near Buckner, Illinois, approximately 50 miles southeast of St. Louis. William Burnett and Jana Miles-Burnett exchanged wedding vows Saturday evening and as they departed the ceremony they were involved in a motorcycle accident traveling to their reception. As they traveled along Illinois Route 14 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a deer ejecting Miles-Burnett from the vehicle. Burnett sustained minor injuries, but Miles-Burnett, who was still wearing her wedding dress, sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. She is survived by her new husband and two children.
Thousands of individuals are injured and killed in motorcycle accidents each year. Due to their smaller size compared to passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcyclists can be difficult to see on the roadways. During summer months, several states advertise campaigns encouraging drivers to “watch for motorcycles” in an attempt to prevent motorcycle accidents. While the reckless driving of a motorcyclist can lead to an accident, they are more often caused by the negligence of other motorists. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over a century of legal experience and have handled thousands of accident cases. We will work diligently to recover the compensation you deserve while fighting to hold all negligent parties accountable. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.