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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.

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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.

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A Tarpon Springs man died after a motorcycle crash in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened on Friday just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Leonard Road in Lutz.

The 24-year-old man was riding his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41 when troopers say an eastbound Ford SUV attempted to turn left from Leonard Road onto U.S. 41 and traveled into the path of the man’s motorcycle.

Troopers believe the man tried to avoid a collision with the SUV, but the front of his motorcycle hit the left side of the vehicle.

The man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North where he was pronounced dead. Trooper did say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Ford SUV, a 27-year-old man, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North for minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending.

There is nothing worse than losing a loved one in an accident that did not have to happen. During this emotional time, you and your family should not have to deal with added pressures of paying medical bills or funeral costs.

Our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can make sure you are taken care of after losing someone close you in a motorcycle accident. You can take comfort in knowing that we will handle all the complex paperwork that comes along with filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Let us handle all the legal work for you so that you can focus on what is important – honoring the memory of your loved one and spending time with family.

Insurance companies can be brutal when it comes to motorcycle death cases. Auto and Motorcycle Insurance Adjusters often place blame or liability on the biker with no more investigation than speaking to their own insured. By working with us, we can make sure that the insurance company knows you mean business and will go to court if necessary to get the full compensation you deserve. Insurance companies are notorious for making lowball settlements that won’t even come close to meeting your needs.

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Troopers are investigating a hit-and-run accident that left a homeless woman in critical condition in Pasco County.

The crash occurred at 9:42 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 301 near the intersection with Palm Grove Drive in Zephyrhills.

Troopers believe the 55-year-old homeless woman was walking south on the grass shoulder of U.S. 301 when she tried to cross the road and walked into the path of a pick-up truck that was turning right.

After the crash, the truck fled the scene, according to troopers.

The woman was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Witnesses described the truck that hit the woman as a white Ford F-150 or F-250 with four doors.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020.

When there is an accident, there is a legal obligation that all drivers involved remain at the scene of the accident. If a driver fails to follow the law, they could be facing serious penalties.

A driver who flees the scene could face criminal charges in addition to being the subject of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit as well. Whether the hit-and-run accident was caused by reckless driving, driving under the influence, tired driving, or outright negligence, as the victim, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can filter through the different aspects of your accident and work to build you a strong case. By proving who was at fault in the accident, you could receive monetary compensation for your injuries and any property damage that was caused. We will also work with your insurance companies involved so that your rights are protected during this process.

If you lost a loved one in a hit and run accident, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Even though it will not bring your loved one back, it could prevent the same thing from happening to another family and help you cover any expenses.

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A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday morning when he was involved in a crash with a tractor trailer in Zephyrhills.

The crash occurred at 9 a.m. on Chancey Road near the intersection with Copeland Drive.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, both the tractor trailer and the bicyclist were heading south on Copeland Drive approaching Chancey Road when they both turned right at the intersection.

The left side of the tractor trailer smashed into the 72-year-old bicyclist, who died from his injuries at the scene of the crash.

People riding bicycles are a regular occurrence on Florida roads these days. They are cheap and effective modes of transportation and are useful for people of all ages who have to get from place to place without the aid of a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, bicycles do not provide much in the way of protection when accidents occur.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle in Zephyrhills or the surrounding areas, a Pasco County Truck Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward with a legal claim to obtain financial compensation during this difficult time, call us today as soon as possible at 727-847-2299 or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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The Florida Highway Patrol said two drivers were killed Friday morning in a double-fatal wrong-way crash in Tampa.

According to troopers, a 47-year-old Tampa man and a 65-year-old San Antonio man both died when the Tampa man’s Acura TL collided with the San Antonio man’s GMC Envoy SUV on the I-275 Ashley Drive ramp just after 5:30 a.m.

Troopers believe the Tampa man drove northbound in the southbound lanes of the I-275 Ashley Drive ramp and collided head on with the GMC.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, according to authorities.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wrong way accident, our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you and your family determine the cause of the wrong way accident and help you recover compensatory damages and, if appropriate, punitive damages from any and all responsible parties. We know that after these types of accidents, it is hard to determine just what to do next. We can handle all the details while you focus on healing and recovering from such a tragedy.

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A motorcyclist injured earlier this week after he smashed into a guardrail has died.

According to officials,  the 31-year-old Spring Hill man was critically injured Wednesday evening while traveling on Little Road approaching U.S. 19.

Reports indicate that he failed to negotiate a left curve and went off the road. The motorcycle then crashed into the guardrail, ejecting the man from the bike.

He was transported to and treated at Bayonet Point Hospital where he passed away Thursday from his injuries.

Officials said the man was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash, and the incident was not alcohol related.

Roadside barriers, like guardrails are designed to protect vehicles from running off the road, colliding with trees, or driving off of bridges. Guardrails can be seen all over major highways and roads throughout the country and they are credited with saving countless lives and minimizing accidents and injuries.

However, when it comes to motorcycles, guardrails actually pose a safety risk to riders. Guardrails are designed for larger closed vehicles, not open ones like motorcycles. Even though a guardrail is designed to stop a car from running off the road, a guardrail is more likely to stop a motorcycle and cause the driver to be thrown from their bike, as this case shows.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a Pasco County motorcycle accident, regardless of whether it involved a guardrail, you should speak with a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We can review the evidence in your case, identify who was at fault for your injuries, and secure the financial compensation you deserve.

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A 21-year-old Zephyrhills man was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man died when his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle collided with a vehicle that turned in front of him on US 301 at Chancey Road in Zephyrhills.

Troopers believe the man was traveling southbound on US 301 when a driver turning left in the northbound turn lane turned his 2002 Oldsmobile into the path of the motorcycle.

The man collided with the Oldsmobile and was pronounced dead at the scene.

As a biker, you are entitled to the same driving rights as other vehicles sharing the road with you. The unfortunate truth, though, is that cars and trucks don’t always respect these rights. In fact, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver that has failed to drive responsibly.

Around 65 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving another car happen because the car did not yield the right of way to the biker. Many others are the result of a driver failing to check their blind spot before veering into the lane of a motorcyclist. Even what is referred to as a “near miss” with another vehicle can still result in a devastating accident involving just you on your motorcycle. Regardless of if there was no collision with the car, the other driver’s actions may have caused the accident.

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The driver of a dump truck was killed Friday morning after a tire blowout and crash on Interstate I-75 in San Antonio, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the blowout happened at 5:53 a.m. and set off a five-vehicle crash on I-75 near State Road 52 in the San Antonio area.

Troopers believe the dump truck was traveling southbound in the outside lane when the front left tire blew, causing the driver to lose control of the truck.

The dump truck rotated, and smashed into the rear of a van which was in the inside lane.

Troopers said the dump truck then overturned and went through a guardrail. A second dump truck that was in the outside lane collided with the first one as it overturned.

An Isuzu pick up truck in the inside lane swerved to avoid the trucks and crashed into a semi-truck. The driver of the Isuzu suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the overturned dump truck died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation, according to reports.

One common cause of tire blowouts is low air pressure in tires. Every driver is responsible for monitoring the tire pressure on their tires in order to avoid these types of accidents. Most newer cars have automatic warning lights to notify the driver when the tire pressure dips below a safe level. However, if for some reason this warning light fails on an automobile, the vehicle manufacturer may be liable for the damage and injuries caused by the tire blowout.

Defective tires are another reason that tire blowouts occur. If a manufacturer sells defective tires, this places the driver and anyone else sharing the roadway at risk. An incorrect installation could even create conditions for a dangerous tire blowout and accident.

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few steps that a driver can take to ensure their safety after experiencing a tire blowout on a busy road or highway.

  • Instead of slamming on the brakes, try to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Coast to the shoulder or other area away from traffic.
  • Stay calm.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers.
  • When waiting for help, stand as far away from your vehicle as possible.

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A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday night in a collision with a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer in Zephyrhills.

According to authorities, the Zephyrhills man was driving a Suzuki GSXR south on Fort King Road, behind the truck and 24-foot trailer, around 8 p.m.

When the pickup slowed to turn left onto Phelps Road, the motorcyclist tried to pass the truck and trailer and collided with them, troopers said.

The biker was ejected from the bike and died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 19-year-old Dade City woman, and a 16-year-old passenger from Lecanto were uninjured.

No charges have been filed.

Motorcycle accidents result in a higher rate of severe injuries and deaths than collisions that involve only passenger vehicles. Sadly, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be killed in a traffic collision than passenger-vehicle occupants, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

While bikers face much greater physical risks compared to other motorists, it is important to note that they have the same general entitlements as other drivers, including the right to pursue legal action after being hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence.

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