Sunday morning, three friends decided to go for a motorcycle ride east of Osteen. Only two of them will ever make it home. The three motorcyclists were riding in a group around a bend on Maytown Road at approximately 10:30 a.m. when one of the three drivers lost control of his bike.
As James Conklin went down, his motorcycle struck another of the motorcycles. The third driver was behind Conklin, and also became entangled in the accident.
Conklin died as a result of head injuries sustained in the accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol, he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The second motorist, Morton Seligman, is listed in serious condition at Halifax Medical Center. The third driver, Charlie Miller, suffered only minor injuries. The direct cause of the incident is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Taking a leisurely motorcycle ride along country roads or highways is a favorite pastimes of many Florida residents. It is tempting to take advantage of the few warmer days we have in the colder winter months to get out and enjoy some sunshine on the open road. As enjoyable as those warm weather rides are, riding a motorcycle presents a unique set of hazards and challenges, for both motorcycle enthusiasts and other drivers as well.
Driving a motorcycle requires the individual to maintain constant vigilance of his or her surroundings, even more so than in an automobile. Slick or uneven pavement, or gravel and sand can be especially treacherous to encounter on a motorcycle. Also, because they are much smaller than a full size vehicle, other drivers may have trouble seeing motorcycles as they change lanes. This means the motorcyclist should always drive defensively. Though an accident may not be the cyclist’s fault, he or she will most likely end up severely injured as the motorcycle offers no protection against physical harm in an accident. Finally, though not required by law it is advised that motorcyclists always wear helmets in case of an accident, to protect against head trauma.
If you, or a loved one have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial 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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