Articles Posted in Zephyrhills

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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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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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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There is nothing that can compare to the helplessness we feel after a hurricane. We are unable to stop or limit the outcome of these natural disasters, like Hurricane Irma headed our way. While we can all take protective measures to help reduce the amount of damage Irma might cause to our property, there are no guarantees of what could happen.

Hurricanes are totally unpredictable and can cause wind damage, water damage, destroy vehicles and homes, and leave behind massive amounts of other problems to your home or property. You could be facing a whole laundry list of issues that force you to file a claim with your insurance company, only to find that your valid claims are denied or hardly paid for by your insurance company.

An insurance company’s job is to take in as much money as possible and pay out as little as they can. Regardless of what your policy says, insurance adjusters will offer the minimum or make you a “lowball” offer when it comes to covering damage to your property. To remedy this situation, talk to our New Port Richey Hurricane Claims Attorney at Whittel & Melton regarding your options for flood damage.

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A Pasco County man is accused of leaving three children in a hot car Friday while he shopped for diapers.

The man is charged with child neglect for the incident that occurred in a Wesley Chapel Publix parking lot.

Deputies said the children–ages 6, 4, and 1–were locked in the car with the window rolled up for 15 minutes.

Deputies said the children were sweating and warm to the touch. They were not injured.  

When deputies made contact with the man, he said he was only going to be in the store for a minute, so he left the kids in the vehicle.

He was arrested and booked into the Pasco County jail.

Every year, accidental deaths occur when children are left inside cars. According to reports, 735 children have died from being left in cars that overheated since 1998. Thus far for 2017, 35 children have died of heatstroke after being left inside vehicles. Last year, 39 children died of heatstroke in hot cars. All of these deaths could have been prevented. Most of these deaths are caused by lack of attention, which means that vehicular heatstroke can be a wrongful death case.

There are three primary circumstances that lead to children being left in hot cars:

  • The child was forgotten in the car.
  • The child was playing unattended inside a car without the knowledge of the caregiver.
  • The child was intentionally left inside the car generally while the adult ran an errand.

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A Florida woman has died in a crash near Tampa from injuries that may have been caused by an exploding Takata air bag inflator.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the July 19 death in Holiday, which could be the 19th worldwide and 13th in the U.S. blamed on the Japanese company’s faulty parts. Authorities in Florida have not yet released the cause of death.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. The defective inflators have touched off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, involving 42 million vehicles and 69 million inflators. More than 100 million have been recalled worldwide. All the deaths but one have occurred in Hondas. Five happened in Malaysia and one in Australia.

Authorities identified the woman as a 34-year-old who was driving a 2002 Honda Accord when a 19-year-old man turned left in front of her in a 1999 Pontiac Firebird. The Accord struck the passenger side of the Firebird, causing the driver’s airbag to inflate. Three other people in her car, including a 4-year-old girl, suffered only minor injuries according to a Highway Patrol press release. The woman’s car was equipped with the original Takata air bag. The woman died of blunt force trauma.

The Accord, like many of the Hondas in which people have died, had been recalled by the automaker, but repairs had not been made. Honda said in a statement that it mailed 21 recall notices to the owners of the Accord, including 10 to the current registered owner. The company also tried “numerous times” to reach the owners by email and telephone.

Honda and investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration inspected the Accord on Thursday and determined that the driver’s inflator ruptured, according to Honda.

There are about 98 million Takata inflators still on the road in the U.S., according to figures provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Takata supplied about 114 million inflators in the U.S., and only about 16 million of them have been replaced. A total of 46 million have been recalled in 34 million vehicles thus far, with more recalls to be phased in through 2020.

Millions of motor vehicles may have been manufactured with Takata airbags that contain a defective inflator and propellant device. If a collision occurs, the airbag could deploy improperly and shoot metal fragments that could injure or kill the driver and passengers, as this case shows.

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This week, the Florida Highway Patrol joins Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee to reduce serious bodily injury and fatal crashes on Florida’s roadways.

The multi-state, multi–jurisdictional, highly visible initiative will raise awareness of traffic safety issues and create increased enforcement of traffic violations, helping to ensure motorists Arrive Alive.

“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to making our highways safer, and we plan to do that by bolstering our forces to reduce the number and severity of crashes,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Troopers will take appropriate enforcement action on those drivers who put themselves and others in danger. We want everyone to have a safe traveling experience, and I encourage motorists to do their part by complying with all traffic laws, including making sure everyone in their vehicle is buckled up and drivers are not driving distracted or impaired.”

This effort is in conjunction with Florida’s Arrive Alive campaign, which applies highly visible traffic enforcement within data-driven “hot spots”. The Florida Highway Patrol, Georgia State Patrol, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Alabama State Patrol, and Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be working with local law enforcement partners to enhance education, visibility, and enforcement to help ensure the southeastern United States has the safest roadways possible. Troopers will be especially vigilant regarding seatbelt usage, speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving violations.

Traffic safety should be a top priority for everyone traveling on Florida’s roadways. Motorists are reminded to:

  • Obey all speed limits
  • Every time you get in a vehicle, buckle up! Wearing your seatbelt reduces your risk of being injured or killed in a crash by almost 50 percent.
  • Do not text and drive. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it requires manual, visual and cognitive ability- the same abilities that are needed to drive safely.

A traumatic car accident can disrupt your life completely – the pain, the stress, the medical bills, and not knowing what could happen to you and your family is enough to drive you crazy. This heavy burden you are hauling is not one you need to bear alone – our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We can take some of that weight off your shoulders so that you can focus on what is important: your recovery.

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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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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stopped a scooter Monday night on U.S. Highway 19 because it didn’t have a functioning headlight.

According to reports, the driver was trying to use a cell phone light as a headlight by bungee-cording the phone to a mirror.

Authorities did not say if the driver was charged, but the driver was sent home walking, without his scooter.

Cell phones have plenty of uses, but a headlight isn’t one of them. In addition to wearing a helmet, here are some general scooter safety tips:

  • Obey all traffic control devices and use proper hand signals.
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Pay attention to the roadway, and look for potholes, expansion joints on bridges, oil slicks, and crumbling edges of the roadway.
  • Be aware of motor vehicle blind spots.
  • Maximize your visibility at night – wear reflective clothing and apply reflective tape to your scooter.
  • Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
  • Always use your headlight, even during the daytime.

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