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As drivers, we all know that distracted driving is a serious problem. While we all know we should not give in to the many distractions out there while driving, the reality is that most of us do. Given that reality, our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to spread the word that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If we all just take a few minutes to alter our driving habits, maybe we can eliminate some of these distractions and make the roads a much safer place.

The Statistics Are Troubling

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the following statistics outline the problem of distracted driving in the United States:

  • 3,477 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2015 because of distracted driving.
  • That equates to more than 9 people every day or one person every 2.5 hours.
  • Distracted driving crashes injured 391,000 people in the United States in 2015 alone.
  • That equates to one person suffering injuries every one minute and 20 seconds, every day.
  • During daytime hours, approximately 542,000 people are driving and using handheld cellphones.

Distracted Driving Bad Habits

According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes behind the wheel of a vehicle every year, which is more than 293 hours or more than 45 minutes every single day of the year. It is easy to develop bad habits when driving, such as using your cellphone, reaching for something inside the car, looking at something going on outside your window, reading something like text messages, GPS or emails, and applying makeup. The best thing you can do is identify what distractions you give in to and adjust from there. Doing so could save your life.

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A 73-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon.

The crash happened around noon at Duck Slough Boulevard and Green Ridge Drive in Pasco County.

Troopers believe the 73-year-old biker was traveling northbound on Duck Slough Boulevard when he took a right curve just north of Green Ridge and lost control of his motorcycle.

The motorcycle collided with the curb, then crossed over the sidewalk and collided with a metal fence.

The man was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he died from his injuries.

According to the report, the man was wearing a helmet.

No biker ever wants to lose control of their bike on a turn. Riding defensively and doing your best to try and avoid any roadway hazards is a great way to prevent a loss of control accident. It is important to be extra cautious when riding in poor weather, and keep an eye out for dangerous or distracted drivers. It is always a good idea to make sure you’re familiar with your bike before hitting the open road.

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The Florida Highway Patrol is currently searching for the driver who hit a bicyclist Tuesday night in Pasco County and took off.

Troopers said the 50-year old was riding his bike on the north shoulder of Fivay Road in Pasco, west of Library Road when a vehicle traveling the same way, attempted to pass the man and sideswiped him. The man was pushed off the roadway and collided with a wooden bench.

He was transported to Bayonet Point with serious injuries.

There were no apparent injuries Monday morning when an SUV slammed into the back of a school bus in Land O’ Lakes.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, there were five high school students and the driver on the bus when a Ford Explorer collided with it on northbound US 41 and Snook Circle.

Another vehicle also was involved in the crash. One of the drivers of the other vehicles was taken to an area hospital to be checked out.

The students were released to their parents.

The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.

Fortunately, no children were harmed in this crash.

If your child was injured in a bus-related crash, our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand how to handle this type of claim. First and foremost, it is important to make sure your child’s injuries are cared for properly. The next step is to identify the correct party or parties who are responsible for these injuries. That is where we can help; we have the knowledge and the experience to sift through the facts, evidence, and complicated legal principles involved to work towards the best possible outcome for your family.

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The holiday season is here and for most, this is a time for joyful celebrations. Sadly, the holidays are a high risk time for Florida’s roadways. Christmas, New Year’s, and the days surrounding these holidays are when we see a much higher number of motor vehicle accidents than other times of the year. If you or a loved one is harmed in a car accident this Christmas, our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will be here to help.

According to reports, the most dangerous days on U.S. roads are Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day.

The Christmas holiday period includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas. During this holiday period, an average of 343 people die in auto accidents. Over New Year’s, an average of 373 people die in car accidents. Increased travel and drunk and drugged drivers are two primary reasons we see a rise in car accident deaths on both Christmas and New Year’s.

All drivers need to be aware of the heightened dangers of driving during the holidays and take extra safety precautions, especially if heading out of town for the holidays. Make sure to do preventative car maintenance before traveling, get plenty of rest to avoid drowsy driving, check road conditions for inclement weather and try to travel during daylight hours to avoid dark roadways. It’s important to also note that staying sober when behind the wheel as well as avoiding any distractions is pertinent to arriving to your destination safely.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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