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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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Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate with friends and family that serves as a reminder of what we are thankful for this year. With that said, there will be millions of Americans hitting the roads this week to be with their loved ones. This means the streets and highways will be crowded, so you should make an effort to plan in advance how to safely make the most of this holiday season.

Avoid Drunk Drivers

Many of us have the Thanksgiving holiday off from work to spend with loved ones and friends. Because of this, some people may choose to spend their free time consuming cocktails with friends and co workers, leading to more drunk drivers on the road during this Thanksgiving holiday. Making sure to avoid crowded bar and nightlife areas, which can limit your chances of encountering a drunk driver.

2363258975_4c1a659c4b_mAlways Prepare for a Road Trip

Travelling on Thanksgiving is all about timing. No matter if you are making the long haul back to your hometown or are just going down the street to grandma’s house, it is important to be realistic about timing. Normally traffic free roads will be congested with cars trying to get to their holiday destination, so give yourself enough time to get to your final stop safely. Moreover, if you are tired, stop and take a rest break. Auto accidents are much more likely to occur when you are tired and easily distracted.

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A recent study shows that as many as 93 percent of new parents make a big mistake when positioning or installing their newborn’s car seat on the way home from the hospital.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following positioning errors were found when it comes to new parents installing car seats for their infants:

  • 69 percent of infants had harnesses that were too loose
  • 34 percent of infants had latches that were too low
  • 18 percent of infants had latches that were too high
  • 20 percent of infants had a product that was not deemed compatible with their car seat
  • 15 percent of parents did not know how to secure their child in the car seat.

125486076_5dc1245ba9_zThe following additional installation errors were found:

  • 43 percent of installation errors occurred when a car seat was unfastened.
  • 26 percent of installation errors occurred when the car seat was at the wrong angle.
  • 23 percent of installation errors included an unlocked safety belt.
  • 17 percent of installation errors occurred when the infant car seat was too close to the front seat of the car.

The above mistakes could result in serious harm to an infant if a car accident occurs. As a new parent, it is very important to make sure that your child is properly secured before leaving the hospital parking lot. Many hospitals, police stations and fire departments in the local area host free car seat clinics. At these events, professionals will be on hand to check the installation of your child’s car seat, and make all the necessary adjustments. You can can also look for a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area that can help.

Your child is the most precious cargo in your vehicle, so take the time to ensure they are buckled in safely every time you get on the road, whether you are going across the street or taking a lengthy road trip.

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A man driving a pickup truck exited the road and hit a mobile home Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

3937464237_0c5f7a1919_zThe 23-year-old Zephyr­hills man was driving north on 23rd Street approaching Lizbeth Circle at 12:04 p.m. when he left the roadway and struck a mobile home on Lizbeth Circle, according to authorities.

The 22-year-old resident was not home when the crash occurred. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was ticketed for failure to drive within a single lane.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year. The injuries that people can suffer in motor vehicle accidents can range from relatively minor cuts, bumps and scrapes to more serious injuries that can lead to permanent disability or could even be fatal.

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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 29-year-old father of five was killed Monday night when he stopped to help a driver who ran out of gas on a Zephyrhills highway.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was on a 1998 Suzuki ATV trying to tow a Ford Ranger pickup truck when a semi-truck caused the fatal accident on U.S. 301 around 10:30 p.m.

As the man moved into the left turn lane to execute a left turn onto Central Avenue, the tow strap connecting the vehicles stretched across U.S. 301. The semi traveling south on U.S. 301 then ran into the strap, causing the ATV to eject the man and overturn.

8303067574_d98a3ab5b1_mThe ATV driver was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, according to troopers.

Troopers believe the person inside the Ranger made it to the gas statio, pumped gas and drove off.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 45-year-old St. Petersburg man, was not injured.

Investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding the crash to contact the FHP at 813-631-4020.

ATVs have a high center of gravity and a narrow wheelbase, which places riders at an increased risk of a rollover accident. These vehicles weigh up to a quarter of a ton and are able to reach top speeds of 100+ miles per hour. With that said, ATVs can cause serious injuries when they do overturn. Common ATV rider and passenger injuries include:

  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Death

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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 dirt bike rider and a pickup truck driver were killed Saturday night in Hudson following a three-vehicle crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 1996 Chevy Silverado pickup truck driven by a 72-year-old Hudson man and a 2006 Lifan G20-5 motorcycle ridden by a 29-year-old Zephyrhills man were traveling in opposite directions on Hudson Avenue when both vehicles approached a private drive at 11029 Hudson Avenue around 9:10 p.m. The truck apparently turned into the path of the bike, and the bike struck the right rear of the truck, according to troopers.

dirt-bike-209489_150The dirt biker, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected onto the roadway.

As the driver of the Chevy Silverado got out of his truck and approached the injured biker, he and the biker were struck a 2007 Chevy Silverado driven by a 59-year-old Hudson man heading eastbound.

Both the biker and the 72-year-old man died at the scene. The 59-year-old was not injured.

As of now, no charges have been filed.

When a loved one dies, it can be an extremely difficult blow to recover from. If someone else’s negligence or carelessness caused or contributed to their death, it can be even harder. The ability to take care of your family as well as the security of your future comes into question. Taking care of children, paying household bills and all other payments can be tough to do while grieving a loss.

A Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you and your family find a solution to any financial strains in the case of a wrongful death. We can help you recover monetary compensation for lost income, funeral expenses, loss of companionship and mental and emotional anguish.

We will make sure that all negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. This can help you move forward with your life and keep you on track in the future.

Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys will investigate the cause of your loved one’s accident, which means we will use experts to review all reports, medical records and witness statements to piece together an accurate assessment of what happened. We will even retain experts to evaluate how the death has affected you financially.

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Everyone loves celebrating the Fourth of July as this is a great holiday to spend time with friends and family. No matter what you plan on doing, traveling, attending a cookout, watching the fireworks or just relaxing around the house with those you love, this time of year is certainly enjoyable and should be taken advantage of. While the Fourth of July is certainly a fun-filled holiday, there is one thing that is not so wonderful about this day – drinking and driving.

accidentAlcohol-related collisions claim the lives of many Americans this time of year, and thousands more are injured in auto accidents by motorists who choose to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ranked the Fourth of July as the deadliest holiday of the year, even beating out New Years.

As Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers, we know just how dangerous DUI-related crashes can be, and we want to we want to urge all Florida residents to be safe this holiday. Whatever plans you may have for the Fourth, if they involve alcohol, please keep the following tips in mind:

It’s official, summer is now in full swing, and an increase in temperatures means more cars on the roadways. While Floridians may not have had to endure a harsh winter like some parts of the U.S., many drivers and families living in those colder states will be making a trek to Florida at some point to visit all the beautiful attractions our Sunshine State boasts. While making that long drive to the beach this summer, drivers can be faced with numerous distractions when travelling with a large group of excited children in warmer temperatures. Combine that with the increased amount of pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets in the summer months and there is a very real potential for disaster.

However, recent advancements in vehicle technology are working to make the roads safer for everyone. What was initially only available in luxury model vehicles, cameras, radar and braking systems are becoming more readily available in a variety of less expensive cars. These technology systems have the potential to prevent a  serious collision.

Crash prevention systems include the following features:

• Autobrake: When the front of a car gets too close to another object, the vehicle automatically applies the brakes.
• Forward Collision Warning: The driver is alerted via audible and visual warnings when he or she is getting too close to another vehicle or object.
• Lane Departure Warning: When a driver starts to drift into another lane, again audible and visual warnings will alert the driver of this error.
• Lane Departure Prevention: This feature will actually straighten the steering wheel and keep the vehicle from drifting into another lane.
• Adaptive Headlights: These will reposition themselves to follow and foresee any curves in the road.
• Blind Spot Detection: This uses cameras, lasers and radar to warn drivers of potential hazards in their blind spots.

BMW_X5_xDrive30d_(E70,_Facelift)_–_Heckansicht,_2._Juli_2011,_DüsseldorfThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put several mainstream and luxury family cars to the test using their frontal crash prevention research. For every one of the sedans featured in the study, the vehicle’s autobrake was tested at both 12 and 25 miles per hour. The cars were then given a score based on the ability to slow down and avoid a crash with the object in front of the vehicle. In addition, vehicles were given extra points if they were outfitted with a forward collision warning.

Of these vehicles tests, four earned a perfect score, including The BMW 5-series, BMW X5, Hyundai Genesis and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala all earned a “superior” rating.  Another 13 vehicles received an “advanced” rating, while three others earned a “basic” rating.

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