Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers | Whittel & Melton, LLC | New Port Richey, Dade City

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may already be dealing with the pressure associated with your family’s wellbeing. The claims process for an injury can be overwhelming, so it is normal to feel scared and unsure of what to do next. While you may be tempted to accept the insurance company’s initial offer just so you can put the matter behind you, the reality of the situation is that you may be entitled to much larger compensation than the insurance company wishes to let on.

Don’t Face the Judge Alone! Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, Lutz, Trinity

As Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers, we are more than familiar with the measures some Florida auto insurance companies will stoop to in order to settle claims in their favor. We focus on helping individuals and their families suffering from accidents related to auto collisions, motorcycle and ATV accidents, electrical contact, slip, trip and falls and medical malpractice. We represent regular, hard-working people who have become injured either on the job or as a result of the carelessness of another person or company. Our main goal is to see that you receive the greatest financial security for your family so that you have the peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of throughout this difficult time.

No matter how complex the case, the Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the staff, legal resources and experience to take on your injury matter in New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Land O'Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, Lutz, Trinity and Wesley Chapel.

If your or a family member has suffered from a serious injury, give our Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers a call today. You can review our practice areas pages here to see the various injury cases we handle. Your consultation is always free, and by contacting us you will speak to one of our personal injury attorneys who will supply you with a detailed legal assessment of the merits of your case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you will pay no fees unless and until a financial recovery for damages is collected for you.

Navigate our web site and explore our blog to see if the information posted can shed some light on the legal issues you may be dealing with and to learn more about our firm, our attorneys, and why you can trust us with your case. Once you decide that your situation demands personal representation from experienced counsel familiar with the Pasco community, contact us to see how we can help resolve your injury matter.

A man was killed Saturday after a drunk driver crashed into his scooter while fleeing the scene of another crash, according to New Port Richey police.

The 43-year-old was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Police believe the man was traveling westbound on Main Street approaching U.S 19 shortly after midnight.

The man crashed in the back of a car stopped at the intersection, according to police. He left the scene of that crash and then collided with a scooter. The driver of the scooter was killed instantly, according to reports.

The man fled the scene with the driver of the scooter still on the hood of his car. He sideswiped another car while traveling north in the southbound lanes.

Police believe the man entered the parking lot of a Winghouse before hitting a parked car. The crash caused the victim to be thrown from the hood of the car. Bystanders at the restaurant rushed to the scene. They apparently pulled the man out of his car and held him until police arrived, according to authorities.

He was booked into the Pasco County Jail.

Continue reading

If you have a swimming pool on your property or one nearby, odds are you will be using it a lot this summer. Kids are out of school, there are lots of hours of sunlight, and it is hot in Pasco County, which makes the pool THE SPOT for parties, barbecues, and many other get-togethers with friends and family. However, pools can be dangerous, so make sure you follow these swimming pool safety tips to minimize the risk of an accident.

Install A Fence And Gate Around The Pool

Pools need to have a barrier around them. A gate and fence should be able to prevent young children from gaining access to the pool when they should not be out there. Your fence should be at least five feet tall, and have a gate with a latch that is well out of the reach of kids.

Keep Safety Devices On Hand

Lifesaving devices, such as life jackets and telescoping hooks, should be within reach sho that if swimmers run into trouble they can be helped. Always inspect these devices for any damages, and replace them as necessary.

Have Pool Rules To Limit HorsePlay

Make a list of pool rules and enforce them. Don’t run around the deck area surrounding a pool as a wet pool deck is slippery and one of the single biggest causes of pool-related injuries every year. Slipping and falling could result in serious injuries,  and could be fatal if you slip and fall into the actual pool.

Adult Supervision Is A Must

Anytime you are at the pool with kids, make sure the pool premises is never without the supervision of an adult in case any dangerous situations arise.

Continue reading

A 75-year-old man died Saturday in a crash in Pasco County involving three cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers believe the incident occurred at the intersection of Little Road (County Road 1) and New York Ave.

A 70-year-old woman was traveling south on Little Road when she entered the intersection under a red light.

The woman collided with the car driven by the 75-year-old man. The impact caused a wheel to detach from the man’s car and hit a third car in the intersection.

The 75-year-old man was severely injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 70-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital.

The driver of the third car, a 57-year-old New Port Richey man, was not harmed.

Pileup accidents can be devastating accidents. Not only do they usually result in severe injuries, but establishing the cause of pileup accidents can be difficult, sometimes making it impossible to figure out which driver was the liable party. If you have been injured or harmed in a pileup accident you need an aggressive Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton who can fight for your rights and help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.

Continue reading

A 31-year-old man is facing aggravated battery charges after the Florida Highway Patrol says he ran over two motorcyclists.

According to troopers, a cell phone video from a witness shows the man turning his silver sedan into a motorcycle on US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz Monday afternoon.

The collision knocked the male driver of the motorcycle and his female passenger off the bike. One of the back wheels of the sedan went up in the air as it drove over the motorcycle.

The car then sped off.

Authorities caught up with the sedan and arrested the man moments later. The sedan had damages consistent with the hit and run crash, according to troopers.

Authorities claim that during interrogations, the man admitted to running over the motorcycle. Authorities said exchanged words between the motorcyclist and the man sparked the road rage.

The man and woman knocked off the motorcycle were treated at the scene.

The man was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and aggravated battery.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Land O’ Lakes man has previous driving offenses and has been labeled as a habitual traffic offender.

He has a $35,000 bond.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury caused in an incident of road rage while on a motorcycle, you need to retain the help of a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We have experience handling motorcycle accident and road rage personal injury lawsuits.

Road rage and motorcycles are a dangerous mix – bikers are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to protection due to the sheer weight and size of passenger vehicles. The weight of the other vehicle can result in serious injuries, and possibly death, despite protective headwear and other gear. Enraged drivers will often use the size difference as an intimidation factor. Deliberately running a biker off the road, swerving into them, forcing them into oncoming traffic, etc. is never ok. A misunderstanding that results in violence must be dealt with accordingly, and the person who is accused of road rage could be looking at criminal charges in addition to a civil suit.

Continue reading

One person was killed early Thursday when a flatbed cargo truck crashed on Interstate 75 in north Tampa.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at the I-75 apex with Interstate 275 just before 5 a.m.

Troopers believe the 43-year-old driver of the truck was killed when the truck went off the highway from the center lane of southbound I-75. The truck hit a guardrail, ejecting the St. Petersburg man from the vehicle.

The passenger in the truck, a 21-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

The southbound and northbound lanes of the highway were closed until about 7 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

Trucks with overloaded cargo, or cargo that is not loaded according to regulations, can cause a serious semi-truck accident. In these cases, the cargo could add even more weight to an already over-sized truck that it causes top-heaviness, increasing the risk of overturning around turn and curves. Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo can shift while in motion causing objects on the truck to fall off, drop into the roadway, or even fall onto another vehicle.

Continue reading

A 4-year-old girl died Sunday from injuries she sustained in an April 24 crash in New Port Richey.

The crash occurred at 9:45 p.m. on U.S. 19 at the intersection with Marine Parkway.

According to the New Port Richey Police Department, a blue 2011 Hyundai Elantra was stopped at a red light at the intersection on the northbound lanes of U.S. 19.

Police believe that the light turned green, and a northbound 2004 Ford F-150 rear-ended the Elantra.

Two children, ages 4 and 10, were in the backseat of the Elantra. Both children were taken by air to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

A third child, age 5, and an adult passenger in the Elantra were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital, while the driver was taken to the hospital by a family member.

The 4-year-old died from her injuries on Sunday.

There are no updates at this time as to the condition of other people in the Elantra.

The driver of the Ford F-150 was not injured. He was cited at the scene for careless driving.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed as the result of a careless driver, you could possibly be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your rights after a serious collision. We serve all of Pasco County, including  New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, Lutz, Trinity and Wesley Chapel.

Collisions involving careless or negligent drivers are typically caused because one or more drivers behaved recklessly while driving their vehicle. Examples of careless driving include:

  • Driving in the wrong lane
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while eating
  • Distracted driving
  • Ignoring traffic signals and/or signs
  • Driving while talking or texting on a cell phone

Continue reading

A 48-year-old woman from Dade City was killed in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Dade City woman was driving westbound on Blanton Road approaching Country Squire Lane just before 6 p.m. at the time of the crash.

Troopers believe the woman’s vehicle, a 2004 F-150 pickup truck, drifted for unknown reasons into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a 2012 Jeep SUV.

The Dade City woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

A Head-on collision is exactly as it sounds – when the front of one motor vehicle strikes the front of another car. Head-on collisions are among the most serious auto accidents and usually result in severe injuries or death due to the amount of forces involved when two heavy, moving motor vehicles crash into one another.   

Head-on crashes on highways are quite dangerous because of the high speed of the vehicles involved. The sheer magnitude of the forces involved can cause occupants of motor vehicles involved in a head-on collision to suffer catastrophic head and brain injuries or spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia as well as fractures and internal injuries.

Due to how serious head-on crashes are, it is important to select an injury attorney who is familiar with these accidents and knows how to properly investigate these claims. Sadly, because these type of accidents consistently result in death, your attorney must have the resources to consult with experts to adequately evaluate the victim’s damages to make sure you are compensated fairly.

Continue reading

A softball player at Pasco-Hernando State College was killed Monday night while jogging on a Pasco County sidewalk.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old was killed as she jogged on a sidewalk along State Road 52 and was struck by a vehicle.

Troopers said the crash happened at 10:05 p.m. when the 22-year-old driver lost control of his 1999 Ford Escort, went onto the sidewalk and struck woman.

The Escort then hit a guardrail before finally stopping in an outside lane of State Road 52 near Chenwood Avenue.

The woman died at the scene. She was an honor student and was graduating next week.

The driver of the Escort suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed as of yet.

Running is a popular form of exercise and Florida’s year-round warm climate provides residents with the ability to run or jog pretty much every day of the year if they would like. Unfortunately, whenever cars and people share the road there is the potential for serious accidents.

When a car hits any pedestrian, whether they are running, walking, jogging or even biking, the pedestrian always loses. Joggers hit by cars often suffer serious injuries and fractures. Depending on the speed of the car, the force of the impact may result in spinal trauma, traumatic brain injury or even wrongful death.

Continue reading

A 2-year-old child was pulled from a pond Wednesday afternoon in Pasco County and is currently in the hospital.

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, emergency personnel responded to the New Port Richey pond just before 7 p.m.

Fire Rescue performed life-saving efforts on the child, who was transported by helicopter to a Tampa hospital.

Officials did not say how the boy got into the pond or what his current condition is.

Swimming pools are not the only areas where children are at risk for drowning tragedies. As this case shows, children are also at serious risk around lakes, ponds, beaches, bathtubs and other bodies of water. Each year, around 1,000 kids are killed in drowning accidents.

It is so important to make sure that you secure all lakes, ponds and swimming pools when you have a young child nearby. As a parent or guardian, it is an excellent idea for you to take a CPR course geared towards helping infants and toddlers so that you can be proactive in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to not keep toys near any ponds, pools or lakes near your home. You also want to make sure that children are always supervised when they are near any bodies of water. Our Pasco County Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton strongly encourage you to enroll your child in a swim course to help them to get a head start.

Continue reading

A Wesley Chapel woman severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the beginning of April has died from her injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol officials believe the 62-year-old was traveling eastbound on Pasco Road east of Marion Lane when she failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

Her motorcycle went off the road and collided with a fence and a tree. The woman was thrown from the motorcycle after the second collision.

Troopers said the woman was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. She was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment of her injuries, and died on April 12.

Troopers confirmed that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you are cruising along the highway just fine and the next you are being ejected from your bike. Losing control of your motorcycle is a scary situation and the results could be catastrophic.

The most common factor that causes motorcyclists to lose control of their bikes is speed. When speeding, bikers do not have enough time to react to an unexpected hazard in the road to avoid a collision. The smallest error can cause a rider to lose control and crash.

Inexperience is another factor that leads to riders losing control of their bikes. Turning on a motorcycle is quite different than turning in a car, and balance is critical to maneuver a turn properly. Most motorcycles have front and rear brake controls enabling them to turn quickly. The brakes should never be used in the middle of executing a turn due to the fact that they can throw off the balance of the bike. Rather, a biker should slow down before a turn and then accelerate through the turn so that the bike maintains its balance and the forward momentum needed to keep the bike upright.

Continue reading

Contact Information