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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.

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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 member of a popular Pasco County band was killed in a motorcycle crash over the holiday weekend.

The 33-year-old fiddle player was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in New Port Richey.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was riding northbound on US Highway 19 just after 9 p.m. when the driver of an SUV turned left into his path, causing him to hit the right rear of the vehicle.

The man was ejected from his motorcycle and later died at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

He was a singer and a fiddle player with the Bearded Brothers Band.

The crash is still under investigation.

While motorcycle accidents can be caused by the motorcycle driver, more often than not these accidents are caused by negligent motorists. Because of the fact that motorcycles do not offer drivers the same protection as that of a passenger vehicle, truck or SUV, these crashes usually deliver severe injuries to the motorcycle driver. As this case shows, many motorcycle accidents end in tragedy.

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As you are planning your Thanksgiving this week, our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to not forget about fire safety. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and the number of home fires actually double on Thanksgiving, so it is important to add fire safety to the menu this year to avoid a preventable tragedy at your house this year.

The following tips could help you prevent a fire from breaking out at your household:

  • Roasting a turkey? Set a timer so you will not forget about your bird as you watch the parade or football.
  • Frying a turkey? Use a fryer with thermostat controls as this ensures the oil will not overheat.
  • It is important to completely thaw your turkey because any ice on the bird will cause oil to splatter and could potentially cause severe burns.
  • Always use the fryer outdoors. Children and pets should be kept at a minimum of three-four feet away from the fryer.
  • When using your stove, don’t walk away from the food. It is always best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. You can catch spills or spot any hazards before they turn into a fire if you stay nearby.

Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you and your loved ones to have a delicious and fire free Thanksgiving. We understand that sometimes accidents happen, which is why we will be available 24/7 this holiday to help with any tragedies.

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A 28-year-old Port Richey man died late Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a decorative rock, according to reports.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes he was riding his 2007 Hyosung motorcycle eastbound on Bougenville Drive just east of Raffia Drive at 11:30 p.m. when he lost control while trying to negotiate a curve in the road.

The motorcycle went off the road, onto the shoulder and collided with a decorative rock on the side of the road. The man was ejected from the motorcycle.

He was taken to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, where he died.

The crash is still under investigation.

Riding a motorcycle presents certain dangers that drivers of larger, passenger vehicles do not encounter. Gravel on the road or an object, like a rock, that causes a biker to swerve can cause serious accidents. Because bikes do not offer the protection that the shell of a car does, bikers and their passengers are at a greater risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries.

Any minor road defects or anything that can fall off a vehicle is a dangerous obstacle to bikers. Rocks, branches, and even animal carcasses are much more hazardous to motorcycles than cars.

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A 3-year-old child was injured Sunday after a television fell over. The child remains at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened Sunday afternoon at a home in Hudson.

Details of the child’s condition at the moment is unknown.

The accident was serious enough for the child to be flown from Hudson to St. Petersburg.  

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,000 children were treated in emergency rooms between 2011 and 2013 for injuries involving televisions and furniture.  

According to a new CPSC study, when a television falls from an average size dresser, it can actually fall with the force of thousands of pounds. That is a dangerously hard blow for anyone to take, especially for a young child.

A secured TV is mounted to the wall or anchored to furniture with straps, brackets, or braces to prevent the TV from sliding. Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to secure your TV’s properly to prevent a deadly accident. It is equally important to remember to keep items that might tempt kids to climb, like toys and remote controls, away from the top of the TV and furniture. Store these items out of sight or in a secure area.

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Driver behavior is apparently the culprit behind the pain of driving on Ridge Road in Pasco County.

The issue? Texting. While stopped at the light, many drivers go right to their phones and don’t notice when the light turns green.

If three seconds go by without a car passing the sensor, the signal thinks there’s no more traffic, and the next red cycle starts.

There are two signals that are out of sync, according to Pasco County Traffic Management. Ridge at Regency and Ridge at Congress are not complete yet and are running on fixed time.This means there is no vehicle detection at the moment.

Officials are working on fixing the problem.

This problem brings up an issue that has plagued streets and highways across the country for a while – texting while driving. While this is an obvious dangerous thing to do, people continue to text while they drive. Studies suggest that texting lengthens driver’s reaction time by as much as 300 percent due to the fact that it takes eyes off the road. If you have ever had to hit the brakes at an intersection, you know how important reaction time is.

Please be aware that currently, Florida has the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving” law which makes it a secondary offense. This means that a driver can only be issued a citation if they are stopped for another traffic offense, such as speeding or running a red light.

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the state of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Hermine.

Hermine, the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005, dumped several inches of rain on Florida and caused major flooding issues.

The president’s action makes federal funding available to affected people in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help residents and business owners recover.

Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofits on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities. That’s in place for Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance Thursday by registering online or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- or speech-impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7am to 9pm seven days a week until further notice.

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A 29-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning that happened on Ridge Road and Airway Boulevard around 2:15 a.m.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 29-year-old Port Richey biker was traveling eastbound on Ridge Road in the outside lane just east of Airway Boulevard when he lost control and collided with a curb.

The motorcycle then collided with a utility pole. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unknown at this time what caused the man to initially lose control of the bike.

Contrary to popular belief, not all motorcycle accidents are a biker’s fault. When it comes to losing control of a motorcycle, there are two main reasons this happens, including poorly coordinated braking and turning, which is usually associated with inexperience and hazards on the roadway, such as spills or uneven surfaces. In situations where another party’s negligence resulted in a motorcycle injury or wrongful death, a lawsuit can be file to recover damages.

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A 48-year-old Zephyrhills man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening in Dade City.

The collision happened on US-301, south of the intersection of Jordan Road, in Dade City around 7:40 p.m.

As a result of the crash, the 48-year-old passenger in a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was killed. The driver, a 54-year-old Lutz man, was transported to Lake Regional Health with serious injuries.

Five people in the other vehicle, including two young children, suffered minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, charges are pending.

Losing a loved one because of someone’s negligence or wrongful act is certainly a tragedy that no amount of money can compensate you for. The grief and emotional pain you feel because of another person’s recklessness may never go away.

For most people, a wrongful death case is not just about the amount of money but making sure that there is justice obtained that will send a message to others to steer them away from recreating a similar tragedy. The financial compensation awarded can help you escape the financial stress accompanied with losing a loved one.

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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.

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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.

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