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.

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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Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to wish you and your family a happy Fourth of July. We also want to remind you to celebrate safely this Wednesday and throughout the rest of the week. Whether you and your loved ones are planning backyard pool parties, barbecues, or heading to a fireworks show, safety should always be a priority, especially if children are around.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe this Fourth of July:

Fireworks

While fireworks are a tradition on July 4th, they are also responsible for sending an average of 230 people to the emergency room each day during the month around the holiday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. We always encourage you to attend shows put on by professionals, but we know that some people are just going to light their own. If you plan on using fireworks, be sure to do so safely, follow instructions, keep spectators at a safe distance, and monitor children closely. You want to comply with Florida laws, so please review: Under Florida law, only sparklers, approved by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, are legal for consumer usage. It is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks in Florida, which include: shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, rockets and firecrackers.

Swimming Pools

Pool parties are common on Fourth of July, so it makes sense to remind you to always supervise children, watch for diving into shallow water, excessive horseplay that can get out of hand, and running near pools. Drowning accidents can and do happen all too often, but by keeping a vigilant eye of the premises, you can prevent these tragedies.

BBQs

Most people pull out their grills on the Fourth. Always be careful of handling propane and charcoal grills, never grill indoors, and be careful when using lighter fluid to avoid preventable burn injuries. Keep children, pets and flammable materials away from grills and never leave them unattended.

DUIs

Most people throw a few drinks back on the Fourth. If you plan on drinking, remember to do so responsibly and to designate a sober driver if you need to get home. The Fourth of July week/weekend sees high rates of alcohol-related auto accidents, so expect to see increased patrols on the roads.

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Last year 14 elderly people died due to overheated conditions in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home after the air conditioning failed during hurricane Irma.

Acting quickly to avoid a similar tragedy, Governor Rick Scott signed an Emergency Rule, that mandated that nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs) have generators installed for the purpose of running climate control systems that will maintain temperatures below 80 degrees during a power outage by June 1 – the official start of hurricane season.

Many Hernando County ALFs have not had enough time to implement these new requirements.

Failure to comply with the emergency rules will result in penalties including fines up to $1,000 per day and the possible revocation of a facility’s license.

As of June 15, 524 nursing homes and 1,027 ALFS filed extensions to complete these requirements.

Obtaining an extension means that the facilities are still in compliance with the law, despite not having the backup power fully in place or not inspected.

Facilities that have filed extensions must have plans that include:

  • Bringing a temporary generator onsite during power outages
  • Contracting for priority fuel replenishment during a power outage
  • Moving residents to common areas that can be cooled with an existing generator
  • Evacuation if needed

For the entire state of Florida, AHCA data shows 100 percent compliance among all 684 statewide nursing homes. And 1,722 out of the state’s 3,097 ALFs have met the mandate’s requirements, for a 55.60 percent compliance rate.

Nursing home and ALF residents are at high risk during natural disasters, so it is important that our laws protect them rather than hurt them. Nursing home and ALF regulations are enacted for very good reasons, but the sad truth is that they are often neglected. A disregard for residents and neglect of the rules and regulations can often times lead to a nursing home abuse lawsuit.

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A 16-month-old was taken to a trauma center after being bitten in the head by a dog.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. on May 21, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The child was playing with the dog under the supervision of the child’s mother.

The owner said the dog “did not appear to maliciously attack the child, but rather, appeared to be playing.”

The family adopted the dog from Hernando County Animal Services about two months ago.

Deputies are still investigating.

Dogs are thought of as household pets, so this may come as a surprise, but dogs have been the cause of over four million animal bites every year. Many of these cases involve attacks on small children which can leave the child with both permanent physical and emotional scarring. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, it is important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can review your claim and work towards recovering the financial compensation you need for your injuries.

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More than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, a number that is up roughly 5 percent from last year and the most since 2005, according to AAA.

These numbers remain steady despite the fact that gas prices rose last week in most markets, primarily due to reductions in domestic supply and the oil market’s response to the President’s decision to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal. Gas prices for Memorial Day weekend are expected to hit a four-year high.

Gas prices averaged $2.72 last month, up 33 cents from last year due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. Last year, gas prices on Memorial Day averaged $2.37 nationwide ($2.31 in Florida), which is still below 2014 levels, when the national average was $3.66 ($3.62 in Florida).

AAA says Central Florida should brace itself for impact: Orlando once again tops the list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings.

Here’s the breakdown on how U.S. travelers will get around for the holiday:

  • 36.6 million by car, up 4.7 percent from 2017
  • 3.1 million by air, up 6.8 percent
  • 1.8 million by train, bus and cruise ships, up 2.4 percent

These numbers include 2.2 million Floridians expected to travel on Memorial Day weekend, up 5.5 percent, with most of them (89 percent) traveling by automobile, up 5.5 percent from the prior year.

Travel delays on major roads are expected to be two to three times longer than normal, with the most traffic in late afternoon on May 24-25 as commuters mix with travelers, according to INRIX, a global transportation analytics company.

While more drivers on the roads usually means a higher risk for wrecks, you can still practice safe driving habits. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to be safe this Memorial Day Weekend, and every other day for that matter. Just by doing the few simple things listed below, you can reduce your risks considerably.

  1. Buckle up. The use of seat belts saved the lives of more than 13,000 people each year.  
  2. Secure your kids properly. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between 3 and 12 years old. By placing all children 12 and under in the back seat, you can reduce injury risk by 64 percent for children under 8 and 31 percent for 9-12 year olds. Also, make sure your children are in the proper seat for their age and it’s installed correctly.
  3. Don’t speed. Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes, killing nearly 900 Americans every month. Moreover, obeying the speed limit will also help to conserve fuel, saving you money.
  4. Keep your eyes on the road to limit distractions. Our best advice is to put the phone away and focus on the road. No call or text is worth losing your life or killing someone else.
  5. Don’t drink and drive. It is that simple.
  6. Use your signals. By alerting other drivers of your intentions to turn, you can help prepare other motorists around.

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A head-on collision killed one person, seriously injured two others and caused a third vehicle to crash into trees, seriously injuring that driver last week in Spring Hill.

The crash occurred at about midnight on U.S. 41 just south of Little Lake Road in Spring Hill.

Troopers said a Chrysler van was traveling north on U.S. 41 when it crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a Hyundai Accent head-on.

A Chevy Colorado traveling behind the Hyundai swerved out of the way to avoid the collision and went off the roadway, hitting two large trees.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 74-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger in the Hyundai, a 43-year-old man, and the driver of the Chrysler, a 44-year-old man, were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Chevy, a 21-year-old woman, also suffered serious injuries.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, charges are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

Head-on collisions are by far the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. Injuries from a head-on collision can result in spinal cord injuries, head and traumatic brain injuries, as well as wrongful death. If victims do survive their injuries, they can spend years trying to fully recover.

If you or someone you care for was injured in a head on collision, it is important to contact a Hernando County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton to discuss your case. Injuries from head-on collisions are usually severe and often life changing. Medical bills can start to pile up and uncooperative insurance companies can place additional stress on the families and injury victims who are just trying to piece their lives back together. Financial compensation may be needed to pay for rehabilitation expenses, long term physical therapy, and any lost wages.

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One teenager is dead and another is suffering from critical injuries after a crash in Hernando County.

The two-car crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on US-19 at Country Road.

FHP investigators say a 17-year-old was driving a Ford Mustang south on US-19 when he tried to turn left onto Country Road.

According to a crash report from FHP, the Mustang turned into the path of a Dodge pickup truck, causing the truck to hit the right side of the Mustang.

The 16-year-old passenger in the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 17-year-old driver is at St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was not harmed.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for teens throughout the United States. Research indicates that the risk of a fatal car crash is increased when a passenger between the ages of 8 and 17 is riding with a teen driver, travelling on high-speed roads or not wearing a seatbelt.

The three largest risk factors that contribute to a teen’s wrongful death behind the wheel are as follows:

  • Teen Drivers: Nearly 54% of all car crash fatalities involved children or teens who were riding with a teenage driver.
  • High-Speed Roads: More than 75% of all fatal crashes occur on roads with speed limits in excess of 45 miles per hour.
  • Failure to Wear Seatbelt: An estimated 66% of teen passenger deaths involve failure to wear a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a school bus vs. semi crash this morning in Hernando County.

According to troopers, six children suffered minor injuries.

Troopers said the collision took place on westbound State Road 50 and Interstate 75 in Brooksville.

The driver of the semi failed to completely stop as it exited I-75 and approached the SR-50 intersection. The semi then clipped the back of the bus as it moved west on SR-50.

The school bus, carrying 18 students from Hernando High school, ended up on its side. None of the students needed to be transported for their injuries.

According to authorities, charges are pending against the driver.

Large trucks, like semis, account for 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property damage crashes. One out of nine car crash deaths results from a collision involving a large truck. Hernando County definitely has its share of truck accidents that injure people, cause property damage, and even result in wrongful deaths. Our Hernando County Truck Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton represent people injured in truck and semi-truck accident cases as well as families of those who have lost loved ones in these types of accidents.

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