A motorcyclist is in critical condition following a collision with a car at the intersection of 34th Street South and 18th Avenue in St. Petersburg. The accident happened February 20th around 8:20 a.m. Pamela Renita Mason was southbound in a 2005 Ford Taurus on 34th Street and attempted to turn east onto 18th Avenue South, according to St. Petersburg police. Mason, 56, didn’t see a motorcycle being driven by Darnell Kindred, 32, who was headed northbound on 34th Street. In the collision, Kindred was thrown from the motorcycle and is now being hospitalized with serious injuries.
While motorcyclists are just as eligible to be involved in an accident as any other vehicle on the road, there will always be more dangers associated with driving a motorcycle. Limited protection from impact make riding a motorcycle one of the most dangerous vehicles to operate, but there are a number of precautions that riders can take in order to reduce their risks, including:
- Take motorcycle safety classes including refresher courses.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all time. Never ride when emotional or distracted.
- Wear proper attire such as armored gear, durable footwear, and a DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet.
- Leave extra space in the event that you might need to stop unexpectedly or maneuver to avoid a collision or roadway debris.
- Avoid riding in inclement weather.
- Educate your passengers on what to expect during their ride. Unless you’re an experienced rider, do not allow passengers on the back of your bike.
When motorcycle accidents happen, recovering compensation can be difficult in Florida, where insurance regulations and dishonest insurance carriers can complicate the process. For this reason, it’s important for injured riders, or loved ones acting on their behalf, to retain an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims.
At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham P.A., we’re familiar with Florida laws governing motorcycles and have more than 30 years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for their losses, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and much more. If you have been involved in an Orlando motorcycle accident, you may have legal recourse. To learn more about how the attorneys at our firm may be able to help, call us at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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