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A 45-year-old Zephyrhills woman was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was a passenger on a Kawasaki motorcycle involved in a crash on State Road 54 just before 8:30 p.m.

Troopers said the man driving the motorcycle was heading westbound on SR 54 approaching Morris Bridge Road when he failed to stop and crashed into the back of a Honda Civic.

Both the man and the woman were thrown from the motorcycle. Both were wearing helmets.

Troopers said the woman died at the scene. The male motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries and remains at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

The driver and passenger in the Honda were not injured.

Troopers said the crash, which is under investigation, was not alcohol related.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that more than 4,500 motorcycle deaths occur every year. The victim could be the rider, passenger of the motorcycle, pedestrian, or any party who is unfortunate enough to be at the scene of an accident. These wrongful deaths usually occur because of another person’s negligence and leave families at a loss for what to do.

When someone is killed in a motorcycle accident, multiple parties can be negatively affected. In most cases, the following people would be entitled to receive financial compensation:

  • Widow
  • Next of kin or heirs
  • Children
  • Parents

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A 2-year-old girl is confirmed dead after she was found floating in a Port Richey lake on Sunday.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Willow Drive just before 1 p.m.

The child was transported to a hospital where she later died.

Investigators believe the child was able to get out of a lanai at the residence.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation, but said the incident appears to be accidental.

Drowning accidents can occur in natural bodies of water, swimming pools, hot tubs, or even in the bath. A drowning accident victim can die within five minutes of submersion and a small child may drown in less than two inches of water. If someone survives a near drowning they can be left with severe injuries such as permanent brain damage and disability.

Pursuing a lawsuit for a drowning or near drowning accident all depends on the circumstances of the accident. Our Pasco County Swimming Pool & Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what will be best for your case. If you have suffered from losing a child or someone you love in a drowning or near-drowning accident, we can advise you of your options for pursuing a legal claim.

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An investigation is ongoing into the death of a worker killed at a Pasco County landfill.

The 46-year-old worker at a private landfill in Hudson was found dead Saturday morning in what deputies say appears to be a work-related accident.

The body of the man was found at Coastal Landfill Disposal, a privately owned landfill at 11416 Houston Ave.

The death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators said the worker had been in a trash shredding machine clearing a jam when he instructed other workers to restart the machine.

After approximately 1 to 2 hours, the other workers realized they had not seen the man and did not know where he was since repairing the machine. They began digging through the debris the machine discarded into the landfill and located his body.  

The Sheriff’s Office’s forensics unit as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

In most construction jobs and some other occupations, large equipment, machines, and vehicles are necessary to complete the work project. As an employee, you can be expected to work with heavy machines every single day. work with and around them every single day. The bad news about this line of work is that it places you and your co-workers at constant risk for serious injuries or wrongful death.

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A 59-year-old man was killed in a Sunday night crash in Pasco County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the Zephyrhills man died at the scene of the crash on Lake Iola Road shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Troopers said the man was traveling southbound on Lake Iola Road and failed to negotiate a right curve south of Blanton Road.

His vehicle drove onto the east shoulder, collided with a street sign, then collided with several trees. The vehicle also overturned.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Pasco County car crash, you do not have to deal with the aftermath by yourself. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help defend your rights and pursue full and fair compensation for all of your suffering.

We may be able to help you recover various forms of financial compensation to help you deal with the physical, emotional and financial damages you have encountered, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Doctors’ visits and copays
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

If you lost a loved one in a Zephyrhills collision, our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers might be able to help you obtain financial awards for:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of emotional support
  • Medical expenses prior to the death of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of retirement and/or insurance benefits

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A 17-year-old teen was killed in a vehicle crash Friday evening around 5:30 p.m. at US Hwy 98 and Trilby Road.

Trooper said a Jeep Cherokee was traveling westbound on Trilby Rd. and failed to yield for a flashing red light at the intersection of US 98. The jeep ran through the intersection into the path of a GMC Terrain that was traveling southbound and had a flashing yellow light.

The Terrain collided with the passenger side of the jeep. One of the passengers in the jeep, the 17-year-old teen, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, troopers said. He was transported to Dade City Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the jeep received minor injuries and his second passenger received serious injuries and was transported to Lakeland Regional.

The driver of the Terrain only received minor injuries.

Troopers are continuing to investigate and charges are pending, according to the report.

Seatbelts save lives. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton cannot stress this enough. Statistics show that bucking up in the front seat of a passenger car can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. While wearing your seatbelt is the smartest thing to do every time you get in a car, it is also the law in Florida.

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Holidays are known for celebrations and usually celebrations mean alcohol is involved. Many party goers knock a few back with friends and family and proceed to drive themselves home. Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous and often results in serious drunk driving accidents.

The number of drunk driving-related incidents increase substantially on or around the fall and winter holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledges that the holidays are a dangerous time to be on the roads due to intoxicated drivers. The NHTSA even has a campaign for increased law enforcement efforts for DUI called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to know that you can hold a drunk driver liable for your injuries or even the wrongful death of a loved one. While we cannot take your injuries away, or bring back a loved one, you do have the right to seek financial compensation from a drunk driver who causes your accident. We can help you obtain money for the following:

  • Economic damages for past and future lost income and past and future medical expenses.
  • Noneconomic damages for loss of enjoyment of life, disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, or physical pain and suffering.
  • Punitive damages, which is compensation paid to victims meant to punish the drunk driver for their behavior.

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A 27-year-old man was killed Sunday evening in Zephyrhills when the go-kart he was driving was struck by pickup truck.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man on the go-kart was in the eastbound lane facing east on Central Avenue, west of Warbler Street, when a GMC Sierra pick up being driven by a 64-year-old man crashed into the back of the go-kart.

The go-kart was knocked off the road.

The driver of the go-kart was rushed to Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The crash remains under investigation.

In neighborhoods and suburban developments, go-karts provide an easy means of transportation. With the increased use of go-karts comes increased opportunity for injuries. In many go-kart accidents, the injuries are serious as these vehicles do not have seat belts or passengers do not use seat belts that may be available. Sadly, horrific and life changing accidents can occur on go-karts. Accident victims are often left with broken bones, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, or even head injuries and concussions, and in the worst cases, death.

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A 68-year-old man was killed Saturday night after a semi truck made a U-turn into the path of his car causing him to crash into the back of the semi.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Dale Mabry Highway and County Line Road.

Troopers said the man’s Chevy Blazer was traveling northbound on Dale Mabry Highway when a semi traveling southbound made a U-turn into the path of the Chevy.

The Chevy collided into the back of the trailer towed by the semi, causing the vehicle to get lodged beneath the trailer.

Troopers said the man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The driver of the semi and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

According to the report, charges are pending.

Making a U-turn is a risky maneuver for any driver/vehicle, but when the vehicle is a large, semi truck they are putting themselves and other vehicles around them in grave danger. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are about 11,000 truck crashes each year caused by a commercial truck turning into the path of another vehicle.

Regardless of how careful a driver you are, you do not have control over the way the drivers around you navigate. If you or someone you love is injured or killed in a truck accident that was caused by a truck driver’s carelessness or negligence, you need to speak with a Pasco County Truck Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We will sit down with you and review your case for no charge.

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Two people on a motorcycle were killed Saturday along State Road 54 when the biker lost control.

The man and woman were riding the Honda bike eastbound along State Road 54. The biker lost control of his bike while negotiating a left curve.

The bike collided with a Chevy Malibu stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 54 and Mitchell Ranch Road.

The 50-year-old man and 53-year-old woman were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Chevy was taken to North Pinellas Hospital for serious injuries.

The crash shut the intersection down for several hours.

There is nothing worse than the emotional pain of losing a loved one in an accident that did not have to happen. At such a highly emotional time, you should not have to worry about issues such as medical bills and funeral expenses adding more stress to your life.

Our Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and consult with experts to strengthen these claims. We are willing to go to court if necessary to recover the financial compensation that you deserve, instead of settling for an offer that will not come close to meeting your needs.

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A 52-year-old driver was killed in a Friday morning crash in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man was from Tampa.

The crash occurred just after 6:30 a.m. at Otis Allen Road and Old Lakeland Highway.

Troopers believe a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Otis Allen Road and that another vehicle was traveling northbound on Old Lakeland Highway.

The driver of the first vehicle failed to stop at the intersection, despite a posted stop sign, and entered the path of the second vehicle, according to FHP.

The vehicles collided, with the second vehicle overturning. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the first vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Charges are pending, according to police.

One of the most common locations for a Pasco County auto accident is at an intersection. Intersections may have traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs, or no type of traffic device at all. Regardless of the structure, many people fail to heed traffic lights and signs or fail to follow right-of-way laws, as this case shows. This is usually because the at-fault driver is distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Traffic signals and laws are put in place to make sure every motorist travels safely, however driver negligence and carelessness continues to cause intersection auto accidents in Pasco County.

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