Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers | Whittel & Melton, LLC | Spring Hill, Brooksville

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 62-year-old woman was killed Wednesday night after walking into the path of a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office vehicle while she crossed U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Port Richey woman was hit at about 9 p.m. as she walked across the highway near the intersection of Johnson Road, the Highway Patrol said. She walked right into the path of an unmarked 2015 Dodge Charger, troopers said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle was being driven by a 29-year-old deputy who was on duty at the time. He will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Highway Patrol investigation, said a sheriff’s spokesman. 

The Highway Patrol said no charges are pending against the deputy.

The man is an Army veteran who started working for the Sheriff’s Office in 2013. His personnel record shows he has not been subject to any disciplinary actions.

There are numerous vessels that utilize Pasco County’s busy streets: cars, trucks, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, among others. It is everyone’s responsibility to behave legally and safely and share the roadways. 

One of the more common types of cases our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton handle are collisions between cars and pedestrians. When a negligent driver hits an innocent pedestrian, the resulting injuries are usually catastrophic, if not deadly. Our experienced injury lawyers can help you and your family pursue justice and financial compensation if you or a family member was hit while legally walking on or along a roadway.

While our Pasco County Injury Attorneys have seen a lot of these accidents, we can attest that the main cause for most of them is negligence. To be clear, pedestrians aren’t always blameless, but many automobile drivers do struggle to maneuver their vehicles safely around pedestrians. 

The most common causes of these accidents are:

  • Drunk drivers
  • Drivers running red lights and striking pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • Drivers executing right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
  • Distracted driving, including driving while texting, talking, etc. 
  • Speeding drivers
  • Pedestrians lack of visibility

In a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, the results are almost always inevitable. Pedestrians lack the same protections as a car, truck, or SUV, so they are at the mercy of the vehicle operator. As a result, the injuries that result from these accidents are both severe and one-sided.

The seriousness of a pedestrian’s injuries can vary depending on a number of factors including the speed of the vehicle, the angle of impact, and the body part first struck. In most pedestrian collisions involving adults, the vehicle will typically hit the legs of the pedestrian first, causing them to be pushed forward and the upper body and head to strike the car windshield or hood. If the accident occurs at higher speeds, the pedestrian may be tossed into the air onto the car hood or thrown onto the ground, causing secondary impacts.

Our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have helped pedestrians who have suffered:

These types of injuries cause long-term pain and suffering as well as hefty medical expenses. A personal injury lawsuit can help you handle the heavy financial burden brought on by the driver’s negligence, making it easier for you to focus on recovering. A pedestrian accident can involve a lengthy recovery period and leave a person unable to work for months, while medical bills, and others, keep piling up. The most severe injuries may leave a pedestrian accident victim unable to return to work permanently. 

At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys help pedestrians who have been hurt in automobile accidents caused by motor vehicle drivers. When you meet with us for a completely free consultation, we will go over every detail of your case so that we can make sure you understand all of your legal options. We help injury victims in New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, Lutz, Trinity and Wesley Chapel. If we accept your pedestrian accident case, we will handle it on a contingency basis, which means you will not owe any upfront costs.

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Five people were hospitalized early Thursday in a wrong-way crash involving a deputy in Spring Hill.

According to authorities, the crash happened on Spring Hill Drive at Omaha Circle.

A Hernando County deputy had pulled over a car when another vehicle going the wrong direction struck both vehicles. Five people, including the deputy, were taken to hospitals but all are expected to be okay.

The crash remains under investigation.

Officials have not released any further information.

Vehicles that collide head on, even at relatively low speeds, can cause a devastating impact to all vehicles involved resulting in serious injuries. That is why head-on collisions are considered the most severe of all car accidents.

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The Florida Highway Patrol has cited a 65-year-old woman for crashing into a Spring Hill restaurant, injuring several people.

The crash occurred on Tuesday, February 5, at the Beef O’Brady’s located at 14387 Spring Hill Drive.

Troopers said the brakes of the woman’s Saturn Ion were not working when it crashed into the front of the restaurant, striking five patrons.

All five victims were transported to area hospitals.

Before crashing into the Beef O’Brady’s, troopers said  the woman lost control of her vehicle on Spring Hill Drive, traveled over the center median, across the westbound lanes, traveled off the roadway, over a flower bed, side-swiped a vehicle that was exiting the parking lot, and then hit a parked vehicle as it made its way through the parking lot toward the restaurant.

The woman was cited for unsafe/improper equipment.

Vehicle negligence can happen anywhere, even in restaurant parking lots. Serious accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and sometimes in very unlikely places.

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s recklessness or carelessness, our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to help you. We can take care of all the legal details surrounding your injury so that you can focus on recovering. We know first-hand how devastating car accident injuries can be, and we want to make sure that the at-fault party is held responsible for their negligent actions.

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A driver was killed in a head-on collision on SR-589 in Hernando County early Sunday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a GMC pickup was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lanes of SR-598 and collided head-on with a Mini Cooper just north of County Line Road at about 1:45 a.m.

Troopers said there was heavy fog in the area.

According to the report, the crash caused the Mini Cooper to erupt in flames.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of SR-589 for several hours.

The 39-year-old river of the Mini Cooper was pronounced dead on scene.

Troopers said the driver of the GMC is suspected of being impaired and was transported to an area hospital.

According to the report, charges are pending.

When drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol, serious accidents can result. Head-on collisions are some of the most deadly, often resulting in catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries or even wrongful death. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a preventable crash, it is important to consider your legal options.

While nothing can bring your loved one back, it is important to remember that you have legal rights that you need to protect as soon as possible. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can look into who is responsible for the accident and fight to recover full and fair compensation on your behalf. These issues are hard to face, but we can advocate on your behalf, so that you do not have to deal with any additional stress. We want to make sure you are protected both now and in the future.

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Three people were seriously injured in an overnight wrong-way crash.

The collision occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a man driving a Honda Civic was traveling in the wrong direction along State Road 589 in Hernando County.

His vehicle crashed into an oncoming car.

The two people in that car are listed in serious condition.

The driver was listed in critical condition.

FHP said alcohol was a factor in the crash and that charges are pending.

A study by the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles found Florida had 1,490 wrong-way crashes and 96 fatalities in 2015. According to the report, three Tampa Bay counties made the top 10 list of most wrong-way driving crashes in the state: Hillsborough was fourth, Pinellas was sixth and Pasco was eighth.

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A 17-year-old Springstead student lost his life Tuesday morning after a motorcycle crash.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Mariner and Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teen was riding his motorcycle Tuesday morning when he failed to stop for a red light at this intersection. He then reportedly collided with a driver with a green left turn arrow.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017. In 2016, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in the U.S. Another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. With that said, motorcycles are much riskier than cars. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash than drivers and passengers in cars.

Our Hernando County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton won’t sugar coat it – riding a motorcycle is dangerous, there’s no hiding that. You only have your helmet, gloves, gear, and defensive driving skills to truly protect you. In the event of a collision, that’s not enough to keep you from being injured, or worse, killed.

Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Road rash
  • Internal bleeding

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Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest days for drivers. Statistics show that there is an average of 258 fatal accidents every year during this family holiday.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have compiled a list of tips to help you avoid a driving tragedy on Thanksgiving:

  • Don’t Drive Drunk: If you plan on drinking, ask a sober friend or family member for a ride. You can even use a taxi or ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft. Drunk driving is particularly more common the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is called “Black Wednesday,” so whatever you do, never drink and drive.
  • Drive during the day: Most tragic accidents happen in the evening, so try to drive during the day instead. This will make it easier to see the road and other vehicles.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand: Your car should be stocked with an emergency kit that includes items like safety triangles or squares. If your car breaks down or you are involved in an accident, having an emergency kit can be a major lifesaver and even help other drivers see you if you cannot move your car from the road.
  • Fly instead of drive: A road trip might sound like fun, but the more people on the road means the greater the chance of an accident. If you can afford it, skip the long road trip and buy a plane ticket or take a train.

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The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Brooksville where troopers believe a motorcyclist ran a red light.

The crash occurred just after 10 p.m. at Cortez Boulevard and Cobb Road.

According to the report, the motorcycle turned left at the intersection “under a red traffic signal” and traveled into the path of a Chevy Cruze. The two vehicles collided causing the occupants of the motorcycle to be thrown from the bike.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 35-year-old male, was killed in the crash and the female passenger was critically injured.

The crash remains under investigation.  

Regardless of what type of motorcycle accident you were injured in, whether it was at an intersection or on the highway, it is a good idea to speak with a Hernando County Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible about your case. Motorcycle accidents can wreak havoc on injury victims, leaving them in the hospital and out of work for an extended length of time. In the worst cases, motorcycle crashes can result in death to the driver and any passengers. As a founder of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers (NAMIL), our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys can stay on top of official investigative details and deal with the insurance companies while you work towards recovering.

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Labor Day weekend is a popular time for a family road trip, and because of the long weekend, more people will be travelling. More vehicles on the road means an increased chance for fatal accidents. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys want you to remember these safety tips to avoid an auto accident on your road trip this Labor Day weekend.

  • Get your car checked before heading out. Make sure your vehicle’s tires, fluids, and brakes are checked for any problems. By addressing an issue before you get on the road, you can prevent some setbacks like a flat tire or engine failure.
  • Avoid distractions while driving. Never text or talk on the phone while driving. Keep any distractions that could take your eyes off the road at bay. Distracted driving can result in terrible tragedies on the road.
  • Take breaks when needed. Driving fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving distracted. If you are taking a long road trip for Labor Day weekend, make stops as needed to rest, eat and stretch. If you are too tired to continue, stop for the night and get some sleep.
  • Always obey the rules of the road. Follow the posted speed limits as driving too fast or too slow could result in an accident. Keep an eye out for construction zones and their applicable speed limits.

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With more people heading out on the Gulf for scalloping season, new speed zones have been implemented.

Now the area is an idle speed/no wake zone. It’s something Hernando County has been working on for over a year and having to work with the state for the permitting to make it happen.

One of the big issues in the area is blind corners where oncoming boaters can’t see the traffic coming from the other side.

Some boaters have run ashore here since the channel is so close to the shore line and it can get pretty shallow.

A person can be ticketed if you go too fast in an idle speed zone. Those tickets cost around $73.

It is important to remember that the water is inherently dangerous, and when boating accidents occur, the aftermath can be severe. Sadly, serious injuries and drowning are all too common when boating, and it can be a difficult process for victims to recover financial compensation for their losses without the help of our Hernando County Boating Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton.

Boating accidents can happen for numerous reasons, but the most common are:

  • Collisions with another boat
  • Collisions with a stationary or submerged object
  • Equipment Failure
  • Operator Error
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring safety rules

One of the biggest issues surrounding boating accidents is that they can involve a wide variety of factors. Discovering exactly what happened and determining who is at fault can be a daunting task. However, our experienced boating accident lawyers know how to investigate these accidents to find out who is liable.

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