Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accident

Authorities are currently investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian.

The collision occurred around 8:45 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 19 just south of Hudson Avenue.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a vehicle was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 when a 46-year-old Wesley Chapel man walked into the vehicle’s path.

Troopers said the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

FHP is still investigating.

When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, there are many questions that must be asked. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton strive to help Pasco County residents with car vs. pedestrian accidents. Every accident situation is unique and there are many factors involved. In very case, we must evaluate the conduct of the pedestrian up until the accident to determine if the driver can be legally held responsible.

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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 pedestrian was killed Sunday after he was struck by a truck as he tried to cross U.S. 19 in Holiday.

The crash occurred at 5:59 p.m. near the intersection with Mile Stretch Drive.

Troopers believe the 50-year-old Holiday man was trying to cross the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 when he stepped into the path of an oncoming 2003 Chevrolet pick-up truck.

The man was taken to Florida Hospital North Pinellas, where he died from his injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents. Often these injuries are very serious, due to the fact that these accidents involve a motor vehicle vs. a human being. Sadly, every year in the United States there are approximately 5,000 pedestrian accidents that result in death.

Pedestrian accidents can happen when drivers are not careful, but the most common situations are:

  • Failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Backing out of parking spots
  • Speeding in residential areas
  • Turning right on a red light, and failing to look for pedestrians in the crosswalk

Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries such as fractures and broken bones, head injuries, back and neck injuries, and as this case shows, sometimes death. At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Injury Lawyers can work with you to help make sure you get the maximum financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses and any other losses sustained in a pedestrian accident.

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Thanksgiving is a holiday devoted to spending time with those you love. With that said, it is one of the busiest travel days of the year. While millions of people are on the roads headed to visit with family members and loved ones, just as many are at home, preparing for those coming their way for visits. This Thanksgiving weekend you can help to avoid holiday accidents and injuries at home and on the road by following some simple safety tips.

Be Safe In The Kitchen

Preparing a holiday feast is a tradition in most homes throughout the country. However, all that cooking in the kitchen over Thanksgiving ends up resulting in an increased risk for fires. The kitchen is the most common place for a fire to originate in the home. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the following Thanksgiving fire safety tips can decrease the likelihood of a fire in your home:

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking
  • Never leave foods cooking on the stove or in the oven unattended
  • Make sure children stay at least three feet away from the stove to prevent burns
  • Keep matches out of reach of children
  • Keep potholders and oven mitts away from burners as these can catch fire quite easily
  • Do not leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended
  • Be sure all kitchen appliances are turned off before leaving the room
  • Make sure working smoke alarms are installed on every floor and in all sleeping rooms in your house

Many people prefer the taste of fried turkey compared to oven roasted, but the NFPA discourages the use of home turkey fryers. These fryers can lead to tragic burns and can end up destroying your property. If fried turkey is a must for you, get one from a local restaurant or caterer.

Road Safety

The American Red Cross advises following these Thanksgiving travel safety tips to ensure you get to your destination safely:

  • Be well rested before hitting the road
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up safely, regardless of how short the trip is
  • Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting or cell phones
  • Obey the speed limit
  • If you have car problems, pull of the road as far as possible

As always, please refrain from getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking, and avoid taking any prescription medicine that could impair your judgement while driving.

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According to Pasco County residents, drivers in and around the Mitchell Ranch Plaza need a refresher course on the rules of the road.

If you pick up a copy of the Florida Drivers Handbook, you’ll read this as it pertains to pedestrian safety and crosswalks:

“The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”

However, many residents claim that traffic does not always stop for pedestrians using the crosswalk .

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins reminds drivers they are required to stop.

“Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk unless directed by signals not to cross,” he said.

Drivers who do not yield right-of-way face the possibility of a $62.50 fine.

When someone is injured or worse, killed, in a Pasco County crosswalk accident, those who have been harmed may have legal options that include the filing of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit with the help of our Citrus County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. In order to file such a legal suit, there are many factors that rely on the specifics of the accident. These specifics will determine who the at-fault party is and what, if any, legal recourse is available.

Crosswalks in the state of Florida are governed by basic traffic laws. Pedestrians are allowed to cross the streets  inside these crosswalks and when a traffic signal allows them with the opportunity to cross. At intersections where there is no electronic traffic signal, pedestrians should look both ways for oncoming traffic and only cross inside the crosswalk when it is safe to do so. Once a pedestrian has reasonably entered a crosswalk, they then have the right-of-way and other travelers are expected to yield.

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Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by both children and parents alike. However, Halloween can pose major safety risks for children if proper precautions are not followed. Halloween can easily become a nightmare when you combine darkness, unsupervised children and costumes that may make visibility difficult. By following a few Halloween safety tips from our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton, you can reduce the odds of a child injury affecting your family.

Costume Tips:

  • Make sure costumes are bright and reflective. Costumes should also be short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flame.
  • Try adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.  
  • Make sure all costumes and accessories are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child can easily get hurt by these accessories.
  • Children should be equipped with flashlights with fresh batteries for trolling around dark streets.
  • Give your child a cell phone and teach him or her how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.

Carving Pumpkins:

  • Small children should not carve pumpkins. A safer alternative is to have children draw a face with markers and then parents can do the cutting.
  • Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you are using a candle to light your pumpkin, votive candles are best.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave them unattended.

Home Safety:

  • You want to keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters,so it is best to remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations from the front yard and porch area.
  • Replace any burned-out bulbs outside.
  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Keep any pets restrained so they do not jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

Trick-Or-Treating:

  • A parent or other responsible adult should always accompany young children when trick-or-treating.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan their route and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for candy.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication or emergency calls.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • Do not cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never assume as a pedestrian that you have the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters, so be extra cautious!
  • You should notify police immediately about any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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A 17-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when he was hit by a vehicle in Wesley Chapel.

According to reports, the crash happened on Mansfield Boulevard in front of John Long Middle School.

Officials have not yet released information on the victim or the exact injuries.

The crash is currently still under investigation.

If you have suffered road rash injuries, broken bones, head injuries, or any other major or minor injuries related to a bicycle accident, it is very important to proceed with caution. While you should seek immediate medical care, you should also enlist the help of a Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton to help guide you through the process.

Immediately following an accident it is best to try and gather as much information about the accident as possible, including the driver and the car, as well as any witnesses, and take photos. You may be able to recover monetary damages for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

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A New Port Richey woman was assisting a motorcyclist that was injured in a crash when she was struck and killed by an SUV in Holiday, according to troopers.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes that the 66-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross southbound U.S. 19 just south of Alternate 19 Sunday night just after 9 p.m.

Troopers said there was a chain of incidents that lead to the woman’s death that started earlier in the evening, when an impaired driver drove north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 19. Investigators said the drunk driver hit three cars.

7567577632_e2bb5ced9e_zA passenger in one of the vehicles involved in that crash was taken to the hospital. As a result, Ward’s Towing Company was called to the scene to assist. The deceased woman and her husband are the owners of the towing company, according to reports.

Troopers said that during the time that the couple was there, a motorcycle in the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 was thrown onto the roadway after slamming his brakes. The deceased was rushing to help the motorcyclist when she was hit by a Toyota SUV heading southbound.

The drunk driver was arrested and taken to the Pasco County Jail on DUI charges.

An auto accident between a motor vehicle and a person on foot is most likely to result in serious harm to the pedestrian. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in U.S. traffic accidents every year, accounting for nearly 11 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.

When pedestrian accidents are caused by another driver’s recklessness or negligence, the injured pedestrian or the family of a deceased pedestrian has a right to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, pain and suffering and other losses.

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With Halloween on Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is speaking up about their annual safety campaign. They are advocating for everyone to make safe transportation arrangements before celebrating or taking part in any Halloween festivities.

This year Halloween falls on a Friday night, and Halloween night and weekend are traditionally dangerous times to be out on the road. Despite the fact that impaired drivers face serious legal penalties like jail time, court costs and fines, there will still be impaired drivers on the road this Halloween.

58965867_e1a9992cca_zHalloween Drunk Driving Statistics

  • From 2007 to 2011, 52 percent of fatalities across the country took place on Halloween night because of drunk driving accidents.
  • In 2011, 44 percent of fatalities throughout the United States on Halloween weekend involved a drunk driver or motorcyclist.
  • In 2011, about half of all drunk drivers killed in car accident nationwide during Halloween were 21 to 34-year-old males.

There are many things that people can do to avoid getting into trouble on Halloween. Partygoers can help keep the roads safe for everybody by acting responsibly. First and foremost, anyone that knows they will be going somewhere and drinking, should plan their way home ahead of time. The list below can help make sure your Halloween night/weekend is safe and enjoyable.

Safety Tips for Halloween

  1. Make a plan for a sober ride home before you head out.
  2. Delegate a designated driver before attending any festivities.
  3. If you are impaired, don’t get behind the wheel. Call a cab, a sober friend or any other type of car service that can get you to your final destination safely.
  4. If you see an unsafe or drunk driver, contact your local law enforcement agency right away.
  5. If you know somebody who is attempting to drive drunk, take his or her keys away and find them sober transportation home.

The Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to stress that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Halloween is a particularly dangerous night mostly due to the fact that drunk and buzzed individuals often make the choice to get behind the wheel. We cannot say this enough: always make plans ahead of time, and always find a safe ride home if you have been drinking.

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A four-month old baby who was struck by a car in Holiday on Saturday is on the mend, according to doctors.

He suffered bruises and road rash on his face, legs and arms.

His 17-year-old parents were also hit in the accident and suffered sprained ankles.

The couple spent Saturday afternoon in the park, and were heading home on foot pushing their baby in his stroller along Chatlin Road in Holiday, when out of nowhere, they were hit by a car.

7138315493_7a4c7e4499_m (1)The driver apparently stopped for a minute to make sure the family was alright. The baby’s father told the driver to call 9-1-1, but the motorist got in his car and drove away.

Neighbors nearby claim they heard tires screech and came running to help as they waited for ambulances.

Police are searching for the driver who they believe to be a young man in a blue Ford Crown Victoria.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020.

Hit-and-run car accidents often leave pedestrians with serious, life-long injuries, and that’s if they survive the impact of the crash. Sadly, in many hit-and-run accidents, it is not uncommon to find a pedestrian left on the side of the road with life-threatening injuries after the driver of the car has fled from the scene of the crime without stopping to help or call for emergency assistance.

Leaving the scene of a pedestrian accident or a car accident without stopping to render aid is illegal. In many cases, the hit-and-run driver will leave the scene of the crash because they are guilty of other illegal acts, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license or even because there is a warrant out for their arrest.

If police and local authorities are unable to locate the person who hit you, it can be difficult to recover damages since the person responsible for your medical bills and other compensation cannot be found. In most cases those who flee the scene of an accident are uninsured, making collecting damages even harder.

Pedestrian accidents are actually far more complicated than you might think. The insurance company is equipped with teams of highly trained adjusters and lawyers who will fight to protect their bottom line. Trying to take on these companies alone is never a good idea. The insurance company knows that you alone are no match for their team of professionals. A Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can level the playing field and make sure the insurance company fights fair.

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