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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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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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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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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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