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A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday night in a crash on the Suncoast Parkway.

The crash occurred at 8:11 p.m. just south of State Road 52 on the Suncoast Parkway.

The 22-year-old man of  Masaryktown was riding a 1995 Honda motorcycle north when troopers believe the motorcycle exited the roadway for unknown reasons and traveled onto the median.

The motorcycle smashed into the cable barrier, and the man was thrown from the motorcycle.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Motorcycle accidents can most definitely be the fault of the motorcycle driver, but they are usually the result of negligent automobile drivers. Accidents often occur because drivers fail to pay attention to motorcyclists sharing the road, despite misconceptions to the contrary. Unfortunately, it is often the motorcyclist who suffers the worst of the injuries when an accident does occur.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 50 percent of motorcycle accidents that result in death involve another vehicle, while another 42 percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle wrecks involve a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.

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A Tarpon Springs woman was killed in a crash in Holiday Monday night.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 56-year-old woman ran a red light while traveling westbound on Flora Avenue approaching US 19.

Troopers believe the woman’s 2010 KIA Forte collided with a vehicle traveling northbound in the inside lane on US 19.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver suffered minor injuries, according to reports.

When you approach an intersection with a green light, you assume that you are safe to proceed. However, another driver facing a red light may not notice or may choose to ignore the signal to stop. When this happens, the end results are usually catastrophic and require injury victims and/or family members to take immediate action in holding the responsible party accountable for all damages.

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A 24-year-old motorcycle driver and his 20-year-old female passenger were killed in a high-speed crash in rural Zephyrhills on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old St. Petersburg man was driving a 2001 Suzuki GSR600S south on Fort King Road at a high rate of speed around 8:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers believe the motorcycle ran into a 2013 Dodge Dart that had turned south onto Fort King Road from Phelps Road.

The man and his passenger were ejected. The man died at the scene. The woman was flown to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa, where she later died.

Motorcycle accidents can have a variety of different causes. However, some of the most common causes of Pasco County motorcycle accidents include:

  • A car or truck moving into a motorcyclist’s right of way.
  • A driver talking on a cell phone, sending a text message or distracted by something resulting in hitting a motorcyclist from behind.
  • A driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs and fails to react to a red light or traffic signal, resulting in an intersection accident.
  • A driver speeding or weaving in and out of traffic lanes on a highway.
  • A motorcyclist coming into contact with road defects, like bumps, potholes, loose gravel or debris.

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A 17-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when he was hit by a vehicle in Wesley Chapel.

According to reports, the crash happened on Mansfield Boulevard in front of John Long Middle School.

Officials have not yet released information on the victim or the exact injuries.

The crash is currently still under investigation.

If you have suffered road rash injuries, broken bones, head injuries, or any other major or minor injuries related to a bicycle accident, it is very important to proceed with caution. While you should seek immediate medical care, you should also enlist the help of a Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton to help guide you through the process.

Immediately following an accident it is best to try and gather as much information about the accident as possible, including the driver and the car, as well as any witnesses, and take photos. You may be able to recover monetary damages for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

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A Dade City man was killed Saturday after a vehicle smashed into the motorcycle he was riding in Sumter County.

The crash occurred on State Road 44 near I-75.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 49-year-old Dade City man was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle on SR 44 when a Chevrolet Suburban made a left turn into the path of his bike.

The man died at the scene of the crash.

Charges are pending for the driver of the Suburban.

Most motorcycle accidents result in some type of injury. Unlike other motor vehicles, motorcycles lack the protection of seatbelts, airbags, roofs and doors. When a negligent driver causes an accident, the motorcyclist can be ejected from the bike and strike the ground or other nearby objects causing a wide array of injuries including road rash, broken bones, leg injuries, nerve damage, disfigurement, internal bleeding, neck, back and spine injuries, skull fractures, traumatic brain injury, paralysis or even death.

Even relatively minor injuries like road rash can over time lead to infection or nerve damage. More severe injuries can require surgery, amputation, physical therapy or potential long-term care.

After an accident, a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you seek monetary compensation for your injuries including the cost of past and future medical bills, present and future wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. In the event that you lost a loved one in the collision, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased in order to obtain financial compensation for your loss.

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Even though the fear and pain can be similar in truck accidents and car accidents, there are several key differences between these two types of auto accidents.

It is important to know about the following differences if you have been involved in an truck accident, as these may have an important impact on your truck accident recovery. The following three things are important to note:

  • Truck accident cases can have different defendants. Unlike car accidents where the defendant is usually the other driver, in truck accidents, the defendant could be the other driver, the trucking company, contractors who are responsible for vehicle maintenance or loading, as well as other parties who are potentially at fault.
  • Truck Accident Cases Rely on Different Evidence. Just like a car accident, the evidence at the scene of the crash is very important to your recovery. However, in a truck accident case, other types of evidence are equally as important. This can include records of the number of hours the trucker was driving, the rules and regulations of the trucking company, information about the hiring process of the truck driver, as well as other information.
  • Different laws may be involved in truck accident cases. The federal government has specific rules, like the hours of service rules, that apply to truck drivers, but not to individual car drivers. Figuring out if the truck driver and trucking company complied with these rules can be a critical factor in your recovery.

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This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, enjoying fireworks or just firing up the backyard grill. At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Injury Lawyers want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We urge you to have fun, but also make sure safety is a top priority.

The American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.


There will be millions of people on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. Follow these 6 steps to stay safe while traveling:

  • Buckle seat belts.
  • Observe Speed Limits.
  • Do Not Drink and Drive.
  • Pay Attention to the Road. Avoid using a cell phone to call or text.
  • Use Caution in Work Zones.
  • Stay Alert at Night. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see,  and turn the headlights on as dusk approaches as well as during inclement weather.


4428561177_831c2f9269_zThe best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. However, if you are going to partake in your own fireworks show at home, follow these safety steps:

  • Never Give Fireworks to Small Children.
  • Always Follow the Instructions on the Packaging.
  • Keep a Supply of Water Nearby.
  • Anyone Lighting Fireworks Should Wear Eye Protection.
  • Light only One Firework at a Time and Never Try to Relight “A Dud.”
  • Never Throw or Point a Firework at People, Animals, Vehicles, Structures or Flammable Materials.


Each and every year during the Fourth of July holiday, people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up lunch or dinner for your backyard barbecue:

  • Always Supervise a Grill when in Use.
  • Never Grill Indoors.
  • Keep Children and Pets Away from the Grill.
  • Keep the Grill Away from the House, the Deck, Tree Branches, or Anything that Could Catch Fire.

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A fatal accident on Madison Street in New Port Richey occurred when a Mustang going at a high rate of speed crashed into a power pole. The Mustang was torn in half as a result of the crash, and debris was littered down the street.

Crews spent an entire morning clearing the car and removing debris from the roadway. Utility crews also worked to fix the pole and the power lines. About 1,000 Duke Energy customers were left without power. All power was restored after a few hours.

This accident serves as a morbid reminder of the importance of Uninsured Motorist or UnderInsured Motorist Coverage. Should an investigation lead a reasonable factfinder to conclude that another vehicle was responsible, in whole or in part, then the family/Estate for the victim would be entitled to pursue a claim against the UM carrier. Florida UM policies provide that the carrier step into the shoes of the at-fault party, even if the at-fault party is unidentified and thus defined as a “phantom vehicle.”

The UM insurance company pays when the other driver does NOT have any insurance. UM coverage pays for most of the things that the other person’s insurance would have paid if it existed. UM insurance coverage should cover the following losses:

  • Ambulance fees, paramedic fees, hospital and medical bills, such as Dental, X-Rays, MRI and Prescriptions
  • Loss of Wages, Earnings and Income
  • Pain, Suffering, Disfigurement, Emotional Distress and Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Future Earnings and Earning Capacity

Remember, UM or UIM coverage is not a gift or present from your own insurance company, so do not be afraid to make a claim against your own insurance company. You already paid a premium for it, so do not trick yourself into thinking that you are taking “advantage” of your insurance company or doing anything wrong because you have to make an uninsured motorist claim.

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A 54-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a crash on Little Road in New Port Richey early Sunday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the New Port Richey biker was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson north of Plathe Road around 2:45 a.m. and ran into the back of a Ford F-150 pickup truck that had slowed to avoid hitting a disabled vehicles.

272144714_c0b59cc542_zThe biker died at the scene, and his passenger, a 51-year-old woman, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with life-threatening injuries, according to troopers.

The 21-year-old driver of the pickup was not injured.

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

Motorcyclists lack the protection of a car or truck, making them especially vulnerable during accidents. When other drivers fail to see motorcyclists or fail to share the road, crashes can leave bikers and their passengers with serious, life-threatening injuries.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the last thing you should be worrying about is how you will pay your bills. A Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can handle every aspect of your personal injury claim so that you can focus on what matters most – your health.

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A New Port Richey man died Friday night in a single-vehicle collision in Pasco County.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Rowan Road, just north of Notre Dame Street, in New Port Richey.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes the 55-year-old man was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu south on Rowan Road when he lost control of his car.

6163093436_20352b9566_zThe car then traveled off the road and into the wood line, where it hit a metal sign and trees, according to troopers. The car came to rest in the tree line.

The man died at the scene of the crash.

A single-vehicle crash is exactly what its name suggests – a traffic collision that only involves one vehicle. This usually involves a car and a fixed object, like a street sign, tree, wall, freeway divider or other obstacle. These accidents can also commonly be caused by animals in the roadway. Depending on the speed and force of the collision, a single car accident can deliver serious and lasting injuries to the driver or passenger of the vehicle. The result could be expensive medical care costs and lost earnings from missed work. Recovering financial damages from your insurance claim is very important so that you can rebuild from the accident and recover to your normal life.

After a single-vehicle crash, you may think that you are the only person to blame. However, this is not always the case. A defective auto part or poorly designed or maintained roadway could have caused or contributed to the accident. Even if you were possibly somewhat at fault, you need to speak to a lawyer to fully evaluate how best to seek financial compensation from your own insurance company, or that of another, for the injuries you have suffered. A Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you with your insurance claim so that you can recover the money necessary to cover any medical bills, damage to your vehicle and other losses or damages you have experienced.

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