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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 impaired wrong-way driver ran one motorist off the road before colliding with a barrier wall on I-75 near State Road 52 just after midnight on Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the 27-year-old of Alabama was driving northbound in the southbound lane and almost hit a Mercury Milan.

The 19-year-old female driver tried to get out of the way and collided into the guardrail.

Troopers said the man continued driving and approached another vehicle.  He tried to avoid hitting the second vehicle and ended up crashing into a concrete barrier wall.

After crashing, the man tried to take off running, but troopers were able to catch him. They said he had a BAC of 0.341 following his arrest.

The man faces charges for leaving the scene of a crash, driving in the wrong direction, and DUI.

No injuries were reported.

If your or someone in your family was hurt because of the negligence of a drunk driver, you should talk to an experienced Pasco County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, property damage and other damages, but you will need a lawyer to represent you.

Every car accident case is different. Even if the driver who caused the accident was drunk and negligent, their insurance company will work hard to fight your claim for damages. Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have been highly successful in holding drunk drivers accountable for their dangerous actions while securing maximum financial compensation for injury victims and their families.

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A 15-year-old student was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning near Gulf High School.

According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, the teen was struck by a van in the intersection of School Road and Madison Street in New Port Richey.

Authorities said the teen was unresponsive and was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital.

The driver of the van is a teacher at the school and coach of the boys soccer team.

The teacher’s 7-year-old child also was in the van. The teacher, who told authorities it was dark and he did not see the teen, was quite upset after the crash, officials said.

Officials did not say what led to the crash, but police said speed does not appear to be a factor.

The teen underwent surgery and remains in critical condition.

A pedestrian accident is a common and tragic occurrence at certain busy intersections. Motorists have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians, and pedestrians have the right of way. An investigation into the circumstances behind a pedestrian accident can usually provide the evidence needed to help injury victims recover full and just compensation for their suffering.

Injuries caused by pedestrian accidents may include internal bleeding, broken arms or legs, head injuries, back and neck injuries, or spinal cord trauma. Fatal pedestrian accidents leave a family without a loved one. While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, recovering monetary compensation from the at-fault party can help cover medical bills, funeral expenses, etc. so that your family does not have any added financial stress.

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A 50-year-old motorcyclist died Friday after colliding with a van that pulled out in front of him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Odessa man died at Medical Center of Trinity, the Highway Patrol said. The crash occurred near the intersection of State Road 54 and Black Lake Road in Odessa.

Here’s what troopers believe happened:

A Brooksville man was driving a 2015 Chevy Express van south on Asturian Parkway in Odessa about 5 p.m. Friday.

At the same time, the motorcyclist was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson Fatboy west on SR 54, with a woman as his passenger.

As the motorcyclist approached Black Lake Road, the driver of the van tried to turn left into the eastbound lane of SR 54. The driver of the van drove into the motorcyclist’s path, troopers said, and the motorcycle collided with the front of the van.

The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital, where he died. The passenger on the motorcycle was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, troopers said, and the driver of the van was wearing his seatbelt.

As of Saturday, chargers were pending.

A motorcycle crash can happen in a matter of seconds, but the consequences can last a lifetime. As the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for all resulting damages.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists and their passengers are more likely to suffer serious injuries in an accident than other motorists. This is because they lack the protections passenger vehicles provide like no windshield, seatbelt, cushion, or other barrier, which exposes the rider and passenger to the environment and its many hazards. Moreover, a motorcycle cannot usually stand upright on its own, so most accidents cause the two-wheeled motor vehicle to tip over. Because of this, injuries can be severe, and even deadly.

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A 54-year-old woman died Wednesday after she was hit by a truck while walking in the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The woman died at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Troopers believe the collision occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday after a 61-year-old man driving a 2013 Ford F-150 east on County Road 54, nearing the intersection with Ohio Street struck the woman walking

east in the roadway on County Road 54, east of Ohio Street.

Troopers said alcohol wasn’t a factor in the collision, and no charges were filed.

After you lose someone in a fatal pedestrian accident, it might be difficult to think about pursuing legal action. However, there are a few things that you should know about wrongful death cases immediately after a pedestrian accident:

  • Your time to file a case is limited by the state statute of limitations. In Florida, you have two years from the date of death to file a claim. You may not be able to recover damages after that time expires.
  • The stress of filing a claim does not have to be your burden. A wrongful death attorney will handle settlement negotiations, discovery, and litigation on your behalf.
  • Filing a wrongful death claim may be your only chance to recover for medical bills, funeral costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages that the driver caused when your loved one was killed. If you choose to not take any legal action, then you are unlikely to ever see a fair financial settlement.

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The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash at an intersection in Holiday Tuesday evening.

According to the agency, the crash involved a pedestrian walking into the path of a vehicle at the intersection of Flora Avenue and Brightwell Drive around 6:15 p.m.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

The vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene after impact.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 558-1800 or by texting *FHP. Anonymous tips can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

Auto accidents happen every day across the state of Florida, but there is nothing worse than a hit-and-run accident. Florida law requires all drivers to stop when they are involved in an accident that results in damage to a vehicle, personal injury, or death. The law also requires that the drivers exchange information such as name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. If a motorist chooses to flee the scene, this is considered a misdemeanor, but if the collision resulted in serious injury or death, then it is enhanced to a felony carrying a five year prison term.

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A 1-year-old boy in Wesley Chapel is in critical condition after Pasco County Fire rescue says he fell into a pool.

The near-drowning happened on Tremont Drive in Wesley Chapel around 7 p.m.

The boy has been transported to an area hospital. No further information is available at this time.

Drowning, in a swimming pool or another body of water, is a very real threat, especially to babies and young children. Drowning is the leading cause of all accidental deaths among children one to four years of age, and the next leading cause among all children from one to 14 years of age.

Drownings and swimming accidents can easily occur in public and private swimming pools, fitness clubs, lakes, ponds, and rivers, and even in home spas, hot tubs, or  bathtubs. In non-fatal drowning cases, brain damage can happen after only four minutes of submersion. An estimated 20% of drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability if they survive the incident.

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you are going to be the chef in the kitchen then you need to know that preparing a Thanksgiving turkey isn’t as easy as pulling a turkey out of the freezer and cooking it in the oven for a few hours. We have comprised a list of the four major safety factors that come into play when preparing your holiday bird:

Turkey Tip #1: Thaw safely. Yes, there are safety regulations for thawing a turkey before cooking. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), turkeys begin to grow bacteria that cause food poisoning between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you need to defrost your turkey in the refrigerator over several days, in a tub of consistently cold water, or in the microwave.

Turkey Tip #2: Keep your cooking area clean. Raw meats are covered in bacteria that can be spread to other foods and surfaces quite easily in the kitchen. Once you are finished with prepping your turkey, thoroughly clean your surfaces, utensils, and hands, and change your apron before moving on to other dishes.

The National Safety Council estimates 420 people will be killed during the three-day weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

An additional 48,400 injuries are estimated to occur that require medical attention.

While these statistics may seem daunting, there are ways to help prevent accidents and injury to you or your loved ones. Here are some safety tips our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys recommend to make it a safe and enjoyable weekend for everyone.

  • Wear a seatbelt: NSC estimates that about 163 lives may be saved this Labor Day weekend for those wearing seat belts
  • NEVER drive while intoxicated: If you are consuming alcohol, do not get behind the wheel. Call a taxi or use Uber or Lyft to get where you need to go safely.
  • Practice defensive driving: Get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.
  • Before heading out on road trips, learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them: Fix recalls immediately and make sure your vehicle is ready to make a long distance trip.

While Labor Day can be a fun, relaxing time, it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Enjoy this end of summer time with family and friends, but remember to be safe!

If you find yourself involved in an accident this holiday weekend, do not delay in calling our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton for a free consultation at 727-847-2299. We will be available 24/7 to help you.

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A Wesley Chapel man was killed by another driver while riding his motorcycle Saturday.

The 23-year-old was riding his motorcycle southbound on U.S. Highway 19 just south of San Marco Drive at about 12:30 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 83-year-old man, who was attempting to make a U-turn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 83-year-old man sustained minor injuries and was transported to Bayonet Point.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

If someone you love was killed in a motorcycle U-turn accident, you may be both grief-stricken and anxious about the financial repercussions. At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys understand motorcycle culture and laws. We can evaluate your case to help you decide what your  legal options are for seeking financial compensation.

If a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in wrongful death due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation and our attorneys would like to make sure that you are compensated adequately for your losses. We know the aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident can be messy, and we will stand by your side from throughout the entire process to make sure you get what is rightfully owed to you.

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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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