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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.

HIGHWAY SAFETY

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.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

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.

GRILLING SAFETY

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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Even though the weather in Florida does not show it, summer is coming to an end. This Monday is Labor Day, and families and friends across the country will be gathering together over the long weekend to say goodbye to summer. Most people think of Labor Day weekend as their last chance to take a vacation, visit the beach or even just grill outdoors. The following safety tips can ensure that you have safe and fun Labor Day holiday.

Road Trip Safety Tips

  • Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains flashlights, extra batteries, jumper cables, bottled water, a tool kit and a knife.
  • Tell someone who is not travelling with you about your travel arrangements. That way someone knows where you’re going, how long you will be away and what time you will be back.
  • Fasten your seatbelt! Make sure everyone in the car properly fastens their seat belts, and small children remain in their appropriate car seats.
  • Never drink and drive. Figure out a safe alternative home before you go anywhere.

Swimming Safety Tips

  • Check the weather and stay away from water during a lightning storm.
  • Don’t swim alone. Children should always be supervised by an adult when playing in or around water.
  • Emergency floatation devices should always be readily available. If taking your boat out, you should have enough life jackets for everyone on board.
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol while boating. You can be arrested for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

7525573720_957c2abe23_mGrilling Safety Tips

  • Make sure your grill is set up in a safe location, away from houses, trees and any other flammable objects.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid after you have already ignited the coals.
  • Wear gloves when grilling foods to prevent burns and always handle food in a safe manner.

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A Land O ‘Lakes man is facing criminal charges after deputies claim he was drunk during a Labor Day weekend boating accident that wound up killing his brother.

The 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of BUI (boating under the influence) manslaughter.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office alleges the man was driving a boat shortly before midnight on Sept. 1 on the Cotee River accompanied by two passengers, a woman and his 29-year-old brother.

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Land O’Lakes man charged with BUI in Labor Day crash that killed his brother.

The woman told deputies that there was a crash and that she blacked out. Investigators later determined the 22-foot Boston Whaler smashed into channel marker 10A.

The woman told police that when she awoke, the accused was in the water attempting to pull his 29-year-old brother to safety. The man was brought to shore, but emergency personnel declared him dead. The Medical Examiner later concluded that he died from blunt trauma.

According to investigators, they conducted a blood draw on the accused shortly before 3 a.m. and that the results indicated his blood alcohol content was 0.093. In the state of Florida, intoxication is presumed at 0.08.

The accused was booked into the Pasco County Jail where he was released on $10,000 bond.

Driving a boat is a lot different that operating a car due to the fact that on the waterways, boats can approach from virtually any direction. Within the last five years, the number of registered boats in Florida has increased substantially. Due to this rise, there has been a surge of serious accidents on the waterways resulting in personal injuries and death. If someone was operating a boat in a careless or reckless fashion, or boating under the influence in New Port Richey, Port Richey, Dade City, Hudson, Holiday, Zephyrhills, Trinity, Land O’Lakes or Wesley Chapel, and this negligence resulted in serious injuries to you or the death of a loved one, you must enlist the help of a Pasco County Boating Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton right away. We can immediately begin protecting your rights so that you can collect maximum financial compensation for all expenses related to the accident.

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A 29-year-old Land O’Lakes man died in the early morning hours on Sept. 2 in a boat accident in New Port Richey.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Offices believe the boat he was riding in hit a marker behind a home in New Port Richey.

He passed away at the scene at 4543 Harborpointe Drive shortly after midnight.

The driver of the 22-foot Boston Whaler has yet to be identified.

Investigators are currently looking into whether or not alcohol played a factor in the crash.

Boating accidents can be devastating especially since many boats are not equipped with seatbelts and the fact that there is always a risk for drowning and often delays obtaining rescue help in the event of an emergency. When harm is suffered, recovering compensation for losses can be extremely complicated. That is why you need the help of a Pasco County Boating Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton who understands just how to handle these types of cases.

boston whaler.jpgAlcohol and recreational boating are two things that are often mixed. While passengers on boats may enjoy alcoholic beverages, the boat operator should not. The person operating the vessel has a duty to keep passengers safe. When the operator elects to navigate the boat under the influence of alcohol and causes a recreational boating accident that leads to serious injury or death to passengers, he or she should be held accountable for behaving recklessly.

At Whittel & Melton, we can help all injury victims or families of those killed in accidents involving fishing boats, powerboats, pontoons, sailboats and other watercrafts, including:

• Collisions between two boats
• Boat and jet ski crashes
• Accidents with stationary objects such as docks or peers
• Swimmers struck by boats

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