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There are few things more devastating than suffering from serious injuries or the death of a loved one as the result of another person’s negligence. Many injury victims are overwhelmed after an accident and feel helpless with nowhere turn. There are many things to do, and often it is impossible to figure out where to start.

We are here to help. The Hernando County Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can guarantee that you receive the personalized attention you and your family need. Our number one priority is to help injured victims throughout Spring Hill and Brooksville receive the representation they deserve. While we cannot take away the pain you feel now, we can do everything in our power to get you full and fair compensation for your losses.

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Our Hernando County personal injury practice handles every type of injury case, from serious car or motorcycle accidents to slip and falls. If you are wondering if you have a case, contact us today to discuss the facts of your claim with a free consultation. Our Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers can share with you your options in seeking financial recovery following a serious accident, catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one here in Spring Hill or Brooksville.

At Whittel & Melton, you can be confident that we stand behind you and your case. We will never put you or your claim on the back burner. Rather, we will strategically deal with the responsible parties involved and their insurance companies to obtain justice for you and your loved ones. Simply put, we will not be satisfied until you are. Whether through financial settlement or trial, we will prepare your case to achieve maximum compensation.

A free consultation with the Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can start you towards gaining the compensation necessary for a complete recovery. You will never be responsible for any attorney’s fees unless and until there is a successful financial recovery for your damages. Our firm’s phone is answered any time, day or night, so contact us today.

We are proud to help accident victims throughout Hernando County - Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach, Masaryktown.

A Spring Hill man died just after midnight Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle.

According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the man was traveling westbound on Linden Drive when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

The 28-year-old swerved into a neighboring yard and collided with a flood drain. He was ejected from his motorcycle.

The man was thrown into another yard and died at the scene from his injuries.

Motorcycle accidents result in thousands of deaths and injuries each year and Hernando County residents are no exception. Motorcyclists usually experience more severe injuries compared to motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, even the most experienced riders can suffer severe injuries and wrongful death because of someone else’s negligent actions.

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A 61-year-old man was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident that involved a Hernando sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy only suffered minor injuries.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 61-year-old man from Weeki Wachee was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata southbound on Fort Dade Avenue just after 5 a.m.

Troopers claim the man failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled up onto State Road 50, also known as Cortez Boulevard. At that same time, a 45-year-old deputy was traveling westbound on SR 50. As the Hyundai moved onto the roadway, the cruiser struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai.

Troopers said the Hyundai ended up about 50 yards from the cruiser.

The man later died at an area hospital.

The roadway was closed for several hours because of the collision, which remains under investigation.

Every year many innocent people suffer severe injuries and even death because of accidents caused by law enforcement. Victims of auto accidents involving police could potentially recover compensation for all damages incurred. The most common injuries resulting in auto accidents involving police vehicles include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, nerve damage and broken bones, which is mostly due to the fact that these accidents involve high speeds. If you or someone you love has suffered harm in an auto accident, our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can review your case and guide you through filing an injury or wrongful death claim.

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A Spring Hill man was critically injured Thursday after he was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a car.

According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the 26-year-old was on his motorcycle heading south on Mariner Boulevard when a car on the northbound side of the road turned left into his path.

The man’s bike struck the passenger side of the car, and the man was ejected from the bike.

Troopers believe the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

He was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital, where his condition is listed as “critical.”

The driver of the car, an 82-year-old Spring Hill woman, was not injured in the crash.

At this time, investigators do not believe alcohol played a role in the incident.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you probably have a lot of questions. In addition to any injuries suffered, there may be financial considerations on your mind. Your medical bills might be growing and you may be unable to work and you could be losing wages.

At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers know that insurance companies are not  always friendly. Even if they seem nice at first and appear to be concerned about your well-being, it is important to remember that insurance claims adjusters are paid to settle claims as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they are looking out for your best interests.

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A 3-year-old girl died from her injuries after she, along with her mother and baby brother, were hit Friday night by a distracted driver in Brooksville, according to the Florida HIghway Patrol.

The toddler was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the girl’s mother was walking south with her three children on the edge of the northbound lanes of Neff Lake Road at 5:01 p.m.

At the same time, a 26-year-old Brooksville man was driving a 2002 Jaguar south on Neff Lake Road. Troopers said he became distracted after dropping a cigarette and lost control of his vehicle.

The Jaguar hit the mother, the 3-year-old and the 1-year-old baby, troopers said. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries.

The mother and baby brother remain in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The man was arrested overnight for driving with a suspended license resulting in serious injury and ticketed for careless driving.

Officials have said that the case remains under investigation, and charges may be added or amended as the situation changes.

Driving a car is a privilege, not a right. With that said, if someone has the privilege of driving a car, then they are obligated to pay attention and stay focused when driving. However, the sad truth is that too many people let themselves get distracted when behind the wheel – whether it be texting or talking on the phone, eating, or any other activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road.

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A Hernando County e-School teacher and well-known barrel racer passed away last weekend after a rodeo accident, one day before her 28th birthday.

The woman loved rodeo life and was a professional barrel racer.

Last month, the woman and her horse ran their last race together at a rodeo in Mississippi. Her horse took off out of the ring and slipped on pavement and they both went down. She passed away from her injuries last Sunday.

Accidents can occur on our highways, baseball diamonds, county fairs, ranches and everywhere in between.  Florida negligence laws and other State and Federal Statutory obligations create the landscape where injury claims are made in Florida.  Let us use our years of experience to maximize your financial recovery.  If you or someone you love was killed in a rodeo accident, the best thing to do is contact a personal injury attorney for help.

At Whittel & Melton, we proudly serve all of Hernando County residents with any wrongful death or personal injury claims. Once we determine that your case is legitimate and occurred due to another party’s negligence, we will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

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A 9-year-old Brooksville girl was airlifted to a Tampa hospital Wednesday morning after she was hit by an SUV at a school bus stop.

The girl suffered what are described as minor injuries by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on State Road 50 near Red Bud Lane just before 8 a.m.

According to troopers, a 37-year-old woman driving a Kia SUV was heading westbound on SR 50 approaching Red Bud Lane when she switched from the outside to the inside lane. When she saw a stopped car in the inside lane, she switched back to the outside lane and saw a Hernando County school bus picking up students for Morton Elementary School.

She apparently tried to stop, but lost control of the SUV, which slid onto the shoulder of the road and hit the girl. The SUV ended up in a ditch on the side of the roadway.

The driver was not harmed.

The child was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she is listed in stable condition with minor injuries.

It is unclear at this time if any charges will be filed.

It is not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road. In Florida, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Sadly, numerous children are hurt each year when drivers do not stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.

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A woman crashed her car into a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car Tuesday, according to Hernando County deputies.

A Sheriff’s Office report shows that at around 2:18 p.m, a 43-year-old Spring Hill woman crossed the median dividing Spring Hill Road at high speed and collided with an unmarked patrol car.

The deputy was injured and transported to a local hospital by Hernando County Fire/Rescue.

While speaking with the woman, deputies noticed she was unsteady on her feet. In addition, her eyes were bloodshot and watery, her speech was mumbled, and she had the scent of alcohol on her breath, according to reports.

She was arrested after deputies asked her to complete roadside sobriety exercises, which she allegedly failed.

Deputies believe the woman was driving with a suspended license.

Being hit by a drunk driver can lead to severe injuries and even death. If you have been injured by an intoxicated person behind the wheel of a car, you are entitled to financial compensation. At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers are prepared to fight for what you deserve. Drunk drivers injure and kill thousands of people every year across the United States. We know how difficult it is for you or someone you love to be involved in a drunk driving accident. We handle cases involving all types of personal injuries and wrongful death to recover compensation for victims and loved ones for the pain caused by an intoxicated driver.

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A Live Oak man was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle collision in Brooksville.

The crash occurred at 5:17 p.m. on Hayman Road, just west of Batten Road.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes a 56-year-old man was driving a 1998 Toyota Corolla east on Hayman Road when he drove off the road and onto the south grass shoulder.

The Corolla hit a concrete culvert and some shrubs before coming to a halt between a utility pole and a guide wire, troopers say.

The man died from his injuries at the scene of the crash.

The actions taken shortly after a car crash accident often have a drastic effect on the outcome of personal injury or wrongful death cases. There are certain steps that must be conducted in order to obtain a successful outcome, including preserving collision physical evidence, investigating the accident scene and wreck, and taking any witness statements.

Physical evidence, such as debris fields and skid marks, if available, should be evaluated by an accident re-constructionist as soon as possible. Photographs of the accident scene need to be taken as soon as possible after the accident. Witness statements should be taken right away in order to preserve crucial evidence.

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One person was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75.

The crash happened at 6:15 a.m. when a box truck crashed into the back of a semi-truck near Mile Marker 302 in Ridge Manor, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.

The driver of the box truck was killed. The driver of the semi was not harmed.

The northbound lanes of I-75 were temporarily shut down, until one lane could safely be opened to allow the heavily backed up traffic to proceed slowly past the accident scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

One out of every 8 fatal accident on highways across the country involve a semi-truck. This statistic alone serves as a reminder that trucking accidents are a huge problem and that trucking companies should be held accountable for the negligence of their drivers.

  • In 2013, there were more than 327,000 accidents involving semi trucks.
  • Of those, 3,906, of these accidents were fatal.
  • 63 percent of fatal accidents involved two or more vehicles.
  • 25 percent of these fatal crashes occurred on interstate highways.
  • 66 percent of all deadly accidents took place during the daytime.

Our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you or your loved ones who have been involved in these types of collisions. We are able to properly survey a truck accident scene and re-create the collision by working closely with reconstruction specialists. We can look for crucial pieces of evidence that can assist with your claim, including:

  • How many hours the trucker was supposed to drive before they were required to pull over for rest.
  • Whether or not their truck exceeded weight restrictions.
  • Verifying if the trucker kept proper travel logs required by law.
  • Ensuring appropriate licenses were issued to operate the semi-truck.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a press release regarding their proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers. Their plans include to upgrade the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that address underride protection for light-vehicles in crashes to the rear of trailers and semitrailers. The recent proposed rule could have a huge impact and actually improve trailer and semitrailer crash safety by enhancing underride protection and visibility of single unit trucks.

What is an underride truck accident? These occur when a car, usually a passenger occupant vehicle, hits the rear of a large truck and slides underneath it. Commercial trucks are much taller than passenger occupant vehicles, so underride accidents are more common that you may think. If a car gets trapped under a semi truck, the passenger compartment can become compromised, which in turn places the lives of those inside at an increased risk for catastrophic injuries or death.

As it is now, most large trucks have rear impact guards in place to help prevent underride crashes, but the proposed rule will require semis to be equipped with more robust guards. These new impact guards are anticipated to significantly reduce the risk of death or injury to passenger occupants involved in crashes with tractor trailers.

Semi trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than smaller passenger vehicles like cars, minivans, SUVs and light trucks. For drivers and passengers in these smaller cars, a crash involving a large truck can have devastating results. Underride accidents are especially dangerous for occupants in smaller cars and trucks.

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