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US-19 is a stretch of straight, flat, and wide highway that sprawls through New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson, and Holiday in Pasco County. The highway features three lanes moving in each direction, with extra turn lanes on the right and left making totaling eight or nine lanes at the majority of intersections.

Along this stretch of road, you will find tattoo parlors, Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, Publix, medical equipment supplies stores, strip clubs, motels, auto body shops, chain restaurants, and even a mini-golf center where you can actually feed baby alligators.

When driving this highway, you may never be aware of the dangers, but if you are walking, then you definitely will. The speed limit is 45 to 55 miles per hour, but the cars drive much faster through these parts. There are very few crosswalks for pedestrians, leaving those on foot to trapse more than half a mile to get to a crosswalk so that they can safely cross a street to get to a business that is a few hundred feet away.

Using information from the government’s database of fatal car crashes, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a team from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee identified that US-19 saw 137 pedestrian deaths between 2001 and 2016.

Data from the Florida Department of Transportation shows that pedestrian fatalities on US-19 have remained a problem past 2016 – 48 pedestrian deaths have occurred between 2017 and June 2022.

For every 100 miles on US-19, there have been at least 34 deaths since 2017, making it the deadliest road in the state of Florida.

Mint-Green-Super-Swiss-Road-Safety-Poster-225x300Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian deaths. In 2020, 716 pedestrians were killed while traveling on foot in the Sunshine State. In 2021, the death toll for pedestrians reached 899.

Pedestrians fill the roads and sidewalks of Florida throughout the day and night, including the dangerous span of highway in Pasco County known as US-19. The sad truth us that too many motorists fail to pay attention to pedestrians or choose to ignore that they may have the right away, which can easily result in tragedy.

The numbers are staggering in Pasco County along US-19 and throughout the rest of the state. A pedestrian accident can result in the wrongful death of a loved one or a very serious and life-changing personal injury. Dealing with a death or medical issues is enough to deal with without piling on the headache of handling uncooperative insurance adjusters and/or a legal claim. Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are ready to help you explore your rights to file a claim for compensation after a pedestrian accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine who is to blame in the crash.

When it comes to liability in pedestrian crashes, the smallest details may be the evidence needed to prove what actually happened. If you are being met with resistance from an insurance company, then we can step in and deal with them directly. We will focus our efforts on making sure you are fairly compensated for your suffering. Continue reading

A 7-year-old boy was killed Saturday night in Port Richey after being hit by a motorcyclist who left the scene of the crash. 

The 19-year-old biker turned himself in to the Port Richey Police Department on Sunday and admitted his involvement in the crash to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, according to police reports. 

The man is now facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash where a death occurred and not having a motorcycle endorsement. 

girl-5087960_1920-300x200Police did say they recovered the motorcycle at a residence close to the accident site. 

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. when the boy was out for a walk with his mother and siblings that night looking at Christmas lights in their neighborhood. The family was crossing an intersection when the 19-year-old motorcyclist sped through and struck the boy. 

The man then got back on his bike and drove away from the crash.

The boy was taken to a hospital close by, but died from his injuries. 

Troopers say that they did recover shards of plastic that fell off the man’s motorcycle during the crash that ultimately helped them decipher the  make and model of the motorcycle involved. 

When most people think of motor vehicle accidents, they don’t usually think of people walking on foot being struck by a motorcycle. But, these types of accidents can and do happen, often resulting in tragic injuries to the pedestrian. Anytime a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, including a motorcycle, the results can be deadly. 

A standard motorcycle weighs somewhere between 400-900 pounds, so when this piece of equipment collides with a pedestrian at a high rate of speed, it is easy to see how the results can be deadly. 

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences one can go through in life. If your loved one died in an accident that they did not cause, such as a speeding motorcycle who fled the scene of the crash, this can be even more difficult to understand and accept. If you lost a child due to another person’s act of negligence, our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your rights to recover financial compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses stemming from the accident. We know that nothing we do will undo the pain and suffering you are experiencing, but we can do everything in our power to hold the at-fault party responsible for their careless and reckless actions. 

A motorcyclist, just like any other driver, has a responsibility to keep others on the roadway safe. Motorists who ignore traffic laws and do not yield to pedestrians can be found at fault when accidents happen. We proudly help pedestrians and surviving family members who have been the victims of: 

  • Hit and run collisions
  • Drunk or drugged driving accidents
  • Intersection or crosswalk accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents 
  • All other types of pedestrian accidents

At Whittel & Melton, we understand the devastating toll that losing a loved one can take on your family. We want to provide you with the peace of mind you need to know that we will handle every detail of your loved one’s wrongful death case so that you can focus on working through your grief and healing. We want to make sure the responsible party is held accountable so that they do not repeat their negligent actions and cause anyone else to suffer harm. 

Our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand the amount of financial damages you are entitled to in a wrongful death claim. Your award should cover both your current and future financial losses, such as:

  • Lost income
  • Any medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Metal anguish
  • Ongoing therapy
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any other foreseeable losses

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A deadly hit-and-run crash last week shut down part of Little Road in New Port Richey overnight.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. at Little Road and Heritage Lakes Boulevard. 

Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle, believed to be a 2001 to 2004 Toyota Tacoma in silver, white or light grey color, hit a person trying to cross Little Road near the Heritage Lakes Boulevard intersection, then continued going north on Little Road. 

FHP had the northbound lanes of Little Road shut down for hours from St. Lawrence Drive to Heritage Lakes Boulevard while they investigated. 

The road reopened around 6:45 a.m. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call FHP at 813-558-1800.

In recent years, Florida has earned the title of being one of the worst states for pedestrian safety. Of the 20 deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians, 9 are in Florida. Orlando ranks as the least safe for pedestrians and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolis takes the number 14 position, according to a report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Pedestrians are injured and killed every day across the United States. So, why is Florida so unsafe for pedestrians? There is no single reason why and multiple factors contribute to why pedestrians are at such a higher risk to be struck by vehicles. 

In the U.S. data has shown that pedestrian deaths have increased by 35.7 percent from 2008 to 2017. During this ten year period, a total of 49,340 pedestrians were killed. If you break it down, the numbers equate to 13 pedestrian fatalities every single day for the whole country. 

As far as Florida pedestrian accidents go, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2017, which averages out to 2.73 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. The Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) calculated in the report is 182.0. The U.S. as a whole shows an average of 1.55 deaths per 100,000 people and a 55.3 PDI. The numbers show that Florida doubles the national statistics.  

Orlando had 656 pedestrian deaths over 10 years with a PDI of 313.3 and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach had 1,549 pedestrian deaths and a PDI of 153.5. To put this into better perspective, New York City-Newark is one of the most heavily walked metropolitan areas in the country, but only has a PDI of 27.1. Washington D.C. has a PDI of 39.7 and Chicago 34.5.

Pedestrians continue to be struck and killed every day in the United States. While not every pedestrian accident results in a fatality, many do. For those that survive a pedestrian accident, they may be left battling chronic pain and suffering for the rest of their lives. Their injuries could result in them losing their jobs and experience a reduced quality of life because their injuries keep them from the activities they love. 

Every person should be able to walk to a destination without the fear of being struck by a speeding, drunk, or distracted driver. Our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to help those who have been injured in pedestrian accidents, as well as the families of those who have been tragically killed. We can help you seek financial compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

The laws in Florida are designed to protect those who become injury victims due to the negligence of another. When a pedestrian is injured through the fault of a motorist, that pedestrian may be entitled to bring a claim for their damages in an effort to obtain financial relief.

In the event that the at-fault driver fled the scene and cannot be located, pedestrians are not necessarily simply out of luck. It is possible for a claim to still be made on the pedestrian’s behalf that could allow them to recover for actual losses like medical and surgical bills incurred as well as less tangible damages including pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, and permanency of damages.

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A teenager remains in the hospital in serious condition Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while walking to school in New Port Richey. 

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, the incident happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Schrader Blvd and Little Rd in New Port Richey near Fivay High School.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old boy was walking across the northbound lanes of Little Road when he was hit by a Ford F150 driven by a 57-year-old man. The teen was listed as a trauma alert and transported to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Port Richey. 

Four bicyclists have been hospitalized after they were seriously injured in a crash involving another vehicle on Ridge Road in Port Richey, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue officials.

According to the agency, the bicyclists were struck by the liftgate of a vehicle ahead of them that dislodged and fell open.

The driver of the vehicle initially kept driving, but Port Richey Police later caught up with him.

All four bicyclists were transported to Bayonet Point Hospital. Three were transported as trauma alerts.

The crash happened just before 7:30 p.m. when a Florida Cancer Specialist tractor trailer was headed eastbound on Ridge Road when the gate fell off, hitting the cyclists on the sidewalk.

Authorities said there were seven people on bicycles total but three of the riders were able to avoid getting hit by the gate. The other four were not.

Also, police said the driver kept going after the crash.

However, it is unclear if they even knew what happened. The driver is cooperating with authorities.

As of now, the driver is not facing any charges. The investigation is ongoing.

Port Richey is a great place to ride a bike. However, even if bikers use the bike lanes they can be injured by reckless or careless motorists who fail to keep a proper lookout out for bicyclists. Every year, numerous serious injuries and fatalities related to bicycle accidents occur throughout Port Richey and Florida, and all over the United States as well. If you have suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, or if a loved one has died as a result of a car vs. bicycle accident, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you during this stressful period.

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Authorities in Pasco County are investigating two weekend hit-and-runs.

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, a toddler was struck by a motorcycle in the 7300 block of Oak Crest Drive in Port Richey on Saturday evening.  

Officials said the motorcyclist just rode off after striking the 2-year-old child.

The child was trauma alerted and flown from the scene.

No further information has been released.

Another crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, this one resulting in a death.

Authorities are searching for a driver that was headed north on US 19 and struck a bicyclist at Holiday Hills Boulevard in Port Richey.

The Florida Highway Patrol described the car that left the scene as a dark blue 2000’s model Saturn sedan.

Anyone with information in either of these cases is asked to call the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 847-8102.

A hit and run occurs when the responsible party of a crash flees the scene. Florida law prohibits this behavior, but sadly, new incidents are reported daily, just like these two crashes. Sometimes the responsible party leaves the scene even when there is an injury victim. For victims of hit and runs, this is physically and emotionally painful. They are left to deal with their injuries, but also left wondering how someone could act in such a negligent and reckless manner.

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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 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 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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