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ATV from Case where Medora Illinois Teen Files Lawsuit Against Shipman Mayor

Medora Illinois Teen Files Lawsuit Against Shipman Mayor

ATV from Case where Medora Illinois Teen Files Lawsuit Against Shipman MayorLast week, Medora teenager Andrew Ruyle, 18, filed charges against Shipman Mayor Daniel Barnett, 56 for an incident that occurred last July. Barnett, who also serves on the Shipman police force, pulled Ruyle over while he was driving an ATV on a public road. Ruyle claims Barnett cut in front of his vehicle at a high speed, causing Ruyle to break two fingers on the hand brake of the ATV. Aside from allegations that Barnett disregarded the teen’s safety while making the stop, the suit also claims that the vehicle Barnett was operating was not marked as a police vehicle and that no sirens or lights were used while making the stop. Ruyle, who was one of two ATV operators that night, was charged with illegal operation of an ATV on a state highway but has not pleaded guilty.

As a result of the accident, Ruyle developed a staph infection in one of the injured fingers resulting in hospitalization and the threat that the finger may have to be amputated if it does not improve. The injury has resulted in 3 surgeries to date. While no court date has been set, Ruyle is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 to cover his injuries and medical expenses.

Barnett has gone on the record stating he feels the case is misleading. He denies that the stop occurred under high speeds and claims he pulled Ruyle over in his personal vehicle because Shipman’s sole squad car was in use by the officer on duty. While Barnett’s truck has a blue light in it, he states that he did not turn it on that particular night because it was not plugged in.

WWF&G attorney Mike Glisson is representing Ruyle in this four-count lawsuit against Barnett. The firm aggressively represents victims of injuries related to negligence involved in accidents, including those involving municipalities. WWF&G currently represents the victim of a crash involving a Collinsville Police Officer, and recently resolved a case against the Collinsville Police for civil rights violations during an unlawful search of a home. If you or a friend have been injured, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030.

ATV quads in Lawsuit where New Douglas Illinois ATV Accident Tragically Kills 10-Year-Old

New Douglas Illinois ATV Accident Tragically Kills 10-Year-Old

ATV quads in Lawsuit where New Douglas Illinois ATV Accident Tragically Kills 10-Year-Old Last Friday, a 10-year-old Livingston girl was fatally injured in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. The minor, Montana Garner, was a passenger on the adult-sized vehicle being operated by her 12-year-old friend. At some point the vehicle flipped, landing on top of her head and causing her death.

Upon receiving the call about their daughter, Larry and Diane Garner rushed to the scene of the accident. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, her mother administered CPR without response. Montana was rushed to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.

Garner’s parents claim they didn’t know their daughter was riding or in any way operating an ATV. They told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they never would’ve given the child permission if the parents had asked.

According to ATVSafety.gov, a site sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children under 16 should never be allowed to operate an adult-sized ATV. Their research found that in 2008 alone, there were 135,100 emergency-room treated ATV accidents and 410 of them were fatal.

WWF&G represents victims and families of ATV accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving an ATV, please contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077 for a free consultation.

ATV Accident Kills Festus Man, Injures Woman

An ATV accident in St. Francois County on Monday night left one dead and another injured. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the crash occurred around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Berry and Lake Timberline roads. The driver, Day Alexander, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while his passenger, Sarah K. Barrett, 30, was found in serious condition and was air lifted to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur.

After failing to stop at a stop sign, Alexander lost control of the 2002 Yamaha Raptor as it slid across the road. The ATV then hit a log, causing the vehicle to overturn and throwing both Alexander and Barrett off of it. The accident report did not note whether or not either passenger was wearing a helmet.

According to ATVSafety.gov, in 2008 alone there were 135,100 emergency-room treated ATV accidents and 410 of them were fatal. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving an ATV, please contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW for a free consultation.

atv from Marine, Illinois ATV lawsuit Riders Injured in Pickup Truck Collision

Marine, Illinois ATV Riders Injured in Pickup Truck Collision

atv from Marine, Illinois ATV lawsuit Riders Injured in Pickup Truck CollisionA pair of brothers from Marine, Illinois were hurt in an ATV versus pickup truck collision.

The boys, aged 5 and 6, were riding the all terrain vehicle down a road to their grandmother’s house when a truck hit them. Fortunately, their injuries did not appear to be catastrophic.

According to an article in the Telegraph, their mother and grandmother witnessed the accident, and the boys were taken to a hospital by ambulance. The driver claimed the boys pulled out of a driveway just as she was approaching, and the grandmother warned them not to drive out into the street.

The news story concluded with a message from the Madison County Sheriffs’ Department cautioning parents about child ATV safety and noted that criminal charges were being considered. The article, however, does not present the mother’s side of the story or indicate whether the charges would have been negligence on the part of the parents or the driver.

An ATV safety government site reports that 46 ATV-related deaths were reported in the state of Illinois between 2006 and 2009. From 1982 to 2006, 58 children under the age of 16 died in ATV wrecks in Illinois, which averages out to a figure between 2 and 3 children each year.

Michael P. Glisson and Thomas O. Falb are experienced in handling personal injury cases involving ATVs. These attorneys from the law office of WWF&G in Alton, Illinois understand the fear in a parent’s heart when his or her child has been injured in an accident, whether it be on an ATV, in a hospital, in a car, at a friend’s house, or in school.

The attorneys are prepared to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether a recovery can be made and medical expenses reimbursed. It’s possible the accident may have been caused by an act of negligence or product liability. If you or a family member has been injured in an ATV accident, contact us today.