Articles Posted in Car Accidents

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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

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 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