The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a motorcycle accident on Wednesday night. The accident happened around 7 p.m. in Jefferson County. According to the Patrol, 52-year-old James Barnett was operating a motorcycle northbound on High Ridge Boulevard when he was struck by a pickup truck. The truck was operated by a Eureka man, who police say, failed to stop at a stop sign causing the collision. The impact caused Barnett to be thrown from the motorcycle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck attempted to drive away from the scene and hit another vehicle. Authorities have not released information indicating if the driver has been charged for the accident.
Motorcycle accidents have a high rate of serious injuries and deaths mostly due to the lack of protection provided by the vehicle. Motorcyclists enjoy these vehicles for the openness of the bike, but in the event of an accident, riders typically sustain injuries more often than those traveling in a passenger vehicles. While the motorcyclist can cause an accident, it is more common for the driver of another vehicle to be at-fault. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth have handled thousands of accident cases and have over a century of legal experience. Our attorneys will investigate the accident, determine who is liable for your damages, and fight to hold that party accountable. We will work diligently to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.