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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may already be dealing with the pressure associated with your family’s wellbeing. The claims process for an injury can be overwhelming, so it is normal to feel scared and unsure of what to do next. While you may be tempted to accept the insurance company’s initial offer just so you can put the matter behind you, the reality of the situation is that you may be entitled to much larger compensation than the insurance company wishes to let on.

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As Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers, we are more than familiar with the measures some Florida auto insurance companies will stoop to in order to settle claims in their favor. We focus on helping individuals and their families suffering from accidents related to auto collisions, motorcycle and ATV accidents, electrical contact, slip, trip and falls and medical malpractice. We represent regular, hard-working people who have become injured either on the job or as a result of the carelessness of another person or company. Our main goal is to see that you receive the greatest financial security for your family so that you have the peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of throughout this difficult time.

No matter how complex the case, the Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the staff, legal resources and experience to take on your injury matter in New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Land O'Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, Lutz, Trinity and Wesley Chapel.

If your or a family member has suffered from a serious injury, give our Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers a call today. You can review our practice areas pages here to see the various injury cases we handle. Your consultation is always free, and by contacting us you will speak to one of our personal injury attorneys who will supply you with a detailed legal assessment of the merits of your case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you will pay no fees unless and until a financial recovery for damages is collected for you.

Navigate our web site and explore our blog to see if the information posted can shed some light on the legal issues you may be dealing with and to learn more about our firm, our attorneys, and why you can trust us with your case. Once you decide that your situation demands personal representation from experienced counsel familiar with the Pasco community, contact us to see how we can help resolve your injury matter.

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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Thanksgiving is almost here! And if you’re like most Americans, you’re gearing up for a holiday weekend trip to visit family and friends and share a great meal.

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. An estimated 51 million Americans will be traveling to go see family and friends throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Many will be traveling on planes, trains and cars to get to their destination this year.

People throughout Pasco County will be anxious to arrive to their destinations on time. Whether you choose to take an airplane or drive to your destination, be patient when traveling and expect delays to occur.

Please keep these safety tips in mind over the holiday weekend:

  • Give Yourself Time – Don’t rush yourself. Make sure to leave early in order to give yourself extra time in case a delay does happen. This is also a great way to avoid holiday traffic and frustration.
  • Drive Defensively – You will see an influx of drivers on the roadways, so be alert and drive defensively. Stay off your cell phone and give yourself enough room to brake.
  • Avoid Distractions – We cannot stress this enough. Put your phone away while driving! Your phone can be a distraction when driving, so stow it away so that you arrive to your destination safely.
  • Never Drink & Drive – If you plan to drink, then make alternate plans for getting home safe! Designate a sober driver, utilize the multiple car services available or use public transportation, you have plenty of options.

If you do find yourself involved in a Thanksgiving auto accident, our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are available 24/7 to assist with your injury claim. As always, seek medical attention first and then call us to see how we can move forward with your personal injury suit. Call us at 727-847-2299 for a free consultation or contact us online.

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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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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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