Fatal Galena Motorcycle Crash Along U.S. Route 20

A fatal Galena motorcycle crash occurred Wednesday (July 3, 2019) afternoon. This fatal Illinois motorcycle crash is being attributed to a loss of motorcycle control.

Details on the crash appear somewhat limited. The accident only involved the motorcycle. The reason for the loss of control does not appear to be publicly available at this time.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Galena motorcycle crash, from the July 4, 2019 wrex.com article titled “Rockford man killed in motorcycle crash in Galena“:

According to the Jo Daviess County Coroner, Rulen D. Wigtion, 55, died when his motorcycle crashed.

It happened just after noon Wednesday on U.S. Route 20 near Powder House Hill Road, according to Illinois State Police.

Wigtion was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

At the time of the crash, Wigtion’s motorcycle was pulling a small trailer.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Galena motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 4 wifr.com article titled “Rockford man dies in motorcycle crash near Galena.”

There can be many reasons why a motorcyclist loses control of the bike. Motorcycle loss of control remains a leading cause of serious and fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents. These types of crashes are further discussed on the “Motorcycle Loss Of Control Accidents” page.

As seen on that page, various reasons that cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the bike are discussed. An excerpt from that page discussion two such reasons, mechanical failures and defective parts:

Mechanical failures

There are many types of mechanical failures that can occur on a motorcycle.  Perhaps the best way to minimize and/or eliminate the risks of such mechanical failures is to perform regular maintenance checks, and otherwise be aware of the normal service life of the various motorcycle components.   Motorcycle maintenance is further discussed on the “Illinois Motorcycle Maintenance” page.

Defective parts

Defective motorcycle parts and/or defective motorcycle components can lead to the motorcyclist losing control of the motorcycle.  Due to the nature of these defective parts, it may be very difficult to predict their failure.

The manufacturer of such defective parts and components may be liable for injuries and/or other damages that may arise from accidents caused by failing parts.


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