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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.

An 81-year-old man died Monday after colliding with a car on U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Dade City man was riding south on the sidewalk along the highway around 8 a.m., according to the FHP. When he tried to cross the highway’s southbound lanes, he was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze driven by 69-year-old man, also traveling south.

The man was taken to an area hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to the FHP.

Bicycle accidents involving cars are a huge problem. Cyclists, like pedestrians, suffer the major brunt of injuries mostly due to the sheer size difference. Unlike occupants of passenger cars, who are protected by seat belts, airbags, and the walls of the car itself, cyclists have minimal protection aside from a helmet. Cyclists are no match for the weight of a several-ton car.

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The Fourth of July is next week and that means firework displays and cookouts will be on the rise. Our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want everyone to know that these activities can cause extreme injuries to children and adults when safety measures are not taken into consideration.  

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 230 people will go to emergency rooms every single day due to firework-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks are nothing to mess around with as they can cause serious burn injuries. In fact, a sparkler, which many consider safe for children to hold, can reach temperatures close to 2,000 degrees. It is important to always supervise children around fireworks. Other common fireworks-related injuries include loss of hearing and eyesight, shock, smoke inhalation and loss of fingers.

If you plan on celebrating this Fourth of July with fireworks, we urge you to keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Do not allow children to play with fireworks. We encourage you to not let your child to play with a sparkler, but if you do, please constantly supervise them and never let them light the sparkler themselves.
  • All body parts should be kept away from fireworks.
  • If you choose to light fireworks, please only light one at a time.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case a fire erupts.
  • All used fireworks must be doused with water before throwing them in the trash.
  • Please note the legalities surrounding Florida and fireworks, and take that into consideration before buying. Under Florida law, only sparklers, approved by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, are legal for consumer usage. It is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks in Florida, which include: shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, rockets and firecrackers.

On a similar note, if you are going to be grilling, follow these tips as many people are injured by gas and charcoal grills:

  • Always supervise the grill and the surrounding area.
  • Do not grill in an enclosed area.
  • Keep the grill in an open area away from your house, deck, trees or anything flammable.
  • Use long-handed tools when cooking so you can avoid serious burn injuries.
  • Always follow the grill’s manufacturer’s directions.

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A Citrus County woman was killed and four others, including her two children, were injured in a Sunday morning crash in Pasco County.

The crash happened on U.S. 41 just south of County Line Road in Spring Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old man was driving northbound in a 2018 Hyundai Accent when he drifted into the southbound lane. His vehicle collided head-on with a 2002 Saturn SC2 driven by a 30-year-old woman.

The woman died at the scene. Two passengers in her vehicle, a 9-year-old and a 7-year-old, were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries.

The other driver and his passenger were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

FHP did determine that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The roadway was closed for hours as crews cleared the scene.

The collision is still under investigation.

Alcohol-related collisions are entirely avoidable. When drunk drivers cause serious personal injuries and/or wrongful death, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can provide the legal representation needed to hold the responsible party accountable and to recover the compensation you deserve.

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A 46-year-old bicyclist died Sunday on Rowan Road from a hit and run.

Residents say the road is dangerous and urge pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise extreme caution.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, it was just before 6 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle hit the bicyclist on Rowan Rd. The driver left the scene, and the bicyclist died from his injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol said after heavy media coverage, a woman reached out to say she’d been in a crash. She surrendered a 2000 Toyota pickup that troopers said matches evidence from the crash site.

The speed limit in the area is 45 mph, which is why most of the nearby residents believe the road is so dangerous. Drivers tend to speed and fail to to slow down or stop for pedestrians and bicyclists.

For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run bicycle accident in Pasco County, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are on your side to help you recover the maximum monetary settlement for your losses. We have successfully represented numerous clients who have been involved in hit and run accidents, and we fight aggressively to get the best possible financial outcome for your unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for the cost of your injuries, any lost wages and other losses.

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If you are going to be one of the estimated 36.6 million Americans hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend this year, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to consider leaving early in the morning or later in the evening Thursday (May 24) or Friday to avoid the worst of the traffic.

AAA, which tracks holiday travel throughout the year, said in a news release a total of 41.5 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend this year, the most in more than 12 years. That total, a 5 percent increase from 2017, includes those flying and driving as well as those traveling by train, bus and cruise ship.

About 36.6 million people are expected to drive to their Memorial Day destination, the release said. That is up 4.7 percent from last year despite higher gas prices, which are the most expensive we’ve seen in four years.

Nationwide gas prices averaged $2.72 a gallon in April, up 33 cents from last year.

Just to recap: the worst of the Memorial Day traffic is likely to be in the late morning and early afternoon Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers, according to an analysis by AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company. Travel times during these peak hours could double and even triple, the release said.

For Floridians: Orlando is expected to be the most-visited city over Memorial Day weekend. Orlando will also have the busiest airport this Memorial Day weekend.

Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers want you to drive defensively on the roads for this holiday period. The following tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

  • Never use a cell phone while driving: If you are talking or texting on your phone, you are not giving your full attention to driving, which leaves you at a higher risk for causing an accident. Using a cell phone is extremely distracting, and you should only use it when the car is parked.
  • Pay attention to all traffic signs: Failing to do this simple task could mean you end up speeding or going the wrong way on one-way streets. If you are paying attention to all road signs, you will know what the posted speed limit is, and you can stay within it. Make sure that you obey all traffic lights as well. One wrong turn at a signal light could end in a fatal accident.
  • Never drive too closely behind another vehicle: You need to make sure that there is plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, just in case you need to come to a fast stop.
  • Give others the right of way: Let’s say you come to a four way stop or other situations where it may be difficult to figure out who has the right of way. When you are in this type of situation, it is best to just let other drivers have the right of way. It may take a few extra seconds to wait, but you will still get where you are going and can avoid an unnecessary wreck.

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The crash happened at Trinity Boulevard and Tamarind Boulevard at 5:30 a.m.

Trinity Blvd was closed for several hours at Tamarind.

Troopers said the man killed was a 49-year-old of New Port Richey.

According to the FHP, the man was walking in the center of the westbound lane of Trinity Blvd. when a 2000 Mercedes being driven by a 63-year-old Trinity man entered the lane.

Troopers said the driver did not see the man, who was dressed in dark colors and was walking in an unlit area, and struck him the roadway. The man died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

It is absolutely devastating to lose a loved one in an accident, especially if someone else was responsible for the loss. That is why our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton work tirelessly to ensure our clients are compensated for their losses. If you have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of losing a relative or loved one in an auto accident, you can trust us to represent you and your best interests in court.

We have the skill and resources to see your case through from start to finish, and we will fight aggressively to recover maximum compensation. We will conduct an independent investigation into the crash and collect the evidence necessary to achieve a successful outcome on your behalf.

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A 45-year-old Zephyrhills woman was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was a passenger on a Kawasaki motorcycle involved in a crash on State Road 54 just before 8:30 p.m.

Troopers said the man driving the motorcycle was heading westbound on SR 54 approaching Morris Bridge Road when he failed to stop and crashed into the back of a Honda Civic.

Both the man and the woman were thrown from the motorcycle. Both were wearing helmets.

Troopers said the woman died at the scene. The male motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries and remains at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

The driver and passenger in the Honda were not injured.

Troopers said the crash, which is under investigation, was not alcohol related.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that more than 4,500 motorcycle deaths occur every year. The victim could be the rider, passenger of the motorcycle, pedestrian, or any party who is unfortunate enough to be at the scene of an accident. These wrongful deaths usually occur because of another person’s negligence and leave families at a loss for what to do.

When someone is killed in a motorcycle accident, multiple parties can be negatively affected. In most cases, the following people would be entitled to receive financial compensation:

  • Widow
  • Next of kin or heirs
  • Children
  • Parents

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A 2-year-old girl is confirmed dead after she was found floating in a Port Richey lake on Sunday.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Willow Drive just before 1 p.m.

The child was transported to a hospital where she later died.

Investigators believe the child was able to get out of a lanai at the residence.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation, but said the incident appears to be accidental.

Drowning accidents can occur in natural bodies of water, swimming pools, hot tubs, or even in the bath. A drowning accident victim can die within five minutes of submersion and a small child may drown in less than two inches of water. If someone survives a near drowning they can be left with severe injuries such as permanent brain damage and disability.

Pursuing a lawsuit for a drowning or near drowning accident all depends on the circumstances of the accident. Our Pasco County Swimming Pool & Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what will be best for your case. If you have suffered from losing a child or someone you love in a drowning or near-drowning accident, we can advise you of your options for pursuing a legal claim.

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An investigation is ongoing into the death of a worker killed at a Pasco County landfill.

The 46-year-old worker at a private landfill in Hudson was found dead Saturday morning in what deputies say appears to be a work-related accident.

The body of the man was found at Coastal Landfill Disposal, a privately owned landfill at 11416 Houston Ave.

The death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators said the worker had been in a trash shredding machine clearing a jam when he instructed other workers to restart the machine.

After approximately 1 to 2 hours, the other workers realized they had not seen the man and did not know where he was since repairing the machine. They began digging through the debris the machine discarded into the landfill and located his body.  

The Sheriff’s Office’s forensics unit as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

In most construction jobs and some other occupations, large equipment, machines, and vehicles are necessary to complete the work project. As an employee, you can be expected to work with heavy machines every single day. work with and around them every single day. The bad news about this line of work is that it places you and your co-workers at constant risk for serious injuries or wrongful death.

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A cable failure on board the Island Lady led the shuttle boat to crash into Tropical Breeze Casino’s dock and building back in October, according to a U.S. Coast Guard damage survey.

The report states that on Oct. 22, the cable going from the boat’s micro command box to the transmission failed. The crew couldn’t disengage the starboard engine.

Damage to the boat is described as “minimal” — minor scratches on the bow.

When the coast guard took a look at the boat the next day, a visual inspection of the hull was conducted and tests involving the engines were performed. The report noted these tests were satisfactory, as was a visual inspection of a new cable.

Damage to the building, meanwhile, was described as “catastrophic.”

A city site inspection report notes that plans have been submitted to repair the dock and the building.

Fifty passengers were forced to jump from the Island Lady into the gulf last month when the boat became engulfed in flames. One woman later died.

Spokespeople for both Tropical Breeze Casino and the U.S. Coast Guard declined to comment on the report because of the ongoing investigation into that fire.

There’s no information that suggests the October crash is connected to the January fire.

When a boating accident occurs due to another person’s negligence, any victims may have the legal right to file a lawsuit and obtain financial compensation for any damages and injuries. Our Pasco County Boating Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what steps to take next. We are dedicated to helping injury victims receive full and fair compensation for their injury claims.

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