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The Fourth of July weekend is upon us and you will probably be celebrating with friends and family enjoying fireworks, swimming, grilling, or even boating. This summer holiday boasts many fun traditions, but as with all fun, there are also inherent dangers.

This is why our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage you to plan ahead this holiday weekend and celebrate in Spring Hill and Brooksville responsibly.  Here are our top 5 safety tips for ringing in Independence Day 2022:

  1. Red-and-Blue-Banner-Fourth-of-July-Facebook-Post-300x251Leave the fireworks to the pros: Every year thousands of people are harmed in fireworks accidents. Most people think Fourth of July fireworks, like sparklers, are pretty much safe, but even these tiny sparks can reach temperatures of temps of 1,800 degrees. In addition to serious burn injuries, fireworks can result in devastating property damage and fires that can lead to death. If you would like to encourage fireworks this Fourth of July, then we encourage you to go visit a professional show – you can view the awesome displays all while avoiding an unnecessary injury. If you still feel the need for some sparklers, then make sure you peruse what is legal in accordance to the State Fire Marshal.
  2. Grill safely: Grilling accidents can happen to even the most seasoned “grill masters.” In fact, grilling injuries affect about 20,000 Americans every year. If you plan to fire up your grill this holiday weekend to prepare your own Independence Day feast, then please follow these tips:
  • Prevent the spread of germs and wash your hands and all grilling tools before you handle any food.
  • Fat buildup can accumulate with every use and cause a fire, so clean your grill before and after you use it.
  • Gas leaks are common, so check any hoses for cracks that could lead to an unexpected leak. Open your grill lid before you ignite your grill.
  • Grill in an open area that is away from your home and other structures, including trees, as being in enclosed spaces or near trees can easily cause a fire.
  • Grills can cause splatters to your patio and other surfaces, so place a grill pad underneath your grill to catch any spills.
  • All children, pets, and anyone drinking should be kept away from a grill for safety purposes.
  • If you are not using your grill, make sure it is completely shut off and stored appropriately. It is also a good idea to disconnect and store all propane tanks in a cool place that is away from the sun.
  1. Party responsibly: The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and if you plan to drink, then do so responsibly. If you are hosting a party, do not serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. On that same note, make sure you have water and food for guests to help with the metabolism of alcohol. Take any keys away from guests who are inebriated and maybe have a guest room available for them to sleep it off or call a cab or download a rideshare app. If you are out at a bar or restaurant celebrating, then have a designated driver picked out to get you home safe. You can also plan to use a rideshare app or cab to get you home safe.
  2. Boat safely: If you are going to be on Bayport, Jenkins Creek, Hernando Beach Boat Ramp, Weeki Wachee/Rogers Park, Hunters Lake, Lake Lindsey, Lake Townsen Boat Ramp, Mountain Lake, or Withlacoochee/Nobleton over the Fourth of July weekend, then follow these tips:
  • Look at weather conditions before you get out on the water in case there are high winds or a thunderstorm rolling in.
  • Never drink and drive a boat – you can be arrested for doing so and this is just not safe. You should also limit all passenger’s consumption of alcohol to prevent any unnecessary accidents or injuries.
  • You will want to let a friend or family member know what your boating plans are in case something happens someone knows where you are.
  • Make sure everyone on the boat is wearing a lifejacket that fits.
  1. Be safe when swimming: It is very common for people to beat the heat of the Fourth of July by swimming at lakes, beaches, and swimming pools. Drowning accidents are a top cause of death in children under the age of 15. If you are going to be swimming this holiday weekend, then remember the following tips:
  • Never leave children unattended around water. Drowning and near drowning accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Never assume that a lifeguard or someone else is watching your child. Be alert and ready when children are in or near water.
  • No one should run around a swimming pool – slip and fall accidents can happen very easily.
  • If your children are using flotation devices, then make sure you are purchasing ones that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. While these may be pricier than other floaties, cheaper ones tend to not perform well and could malfunction.
  • Do not dive into shallow waters – this can result in traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord trauma.

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There is a problem spot at the intersection of Linden and Coronado that Spring Hill residents claim is the culprit of more than two dozen accidents.

Speeding drivers running the stop sign has caused multiple cars to crash into yards and property of neighboring homes. A few weeks ago, a driver took out a nearby fence and smashed into a tree.

Residents believe that part of the problem is that the sun blocks the stop sign in the late afternoon hours. Speed is believed to be an issue at night.

labor-day-1628502_1280-300x212Labor Day weekend is upon us and since it is one of the busiest holidays across the United States, our Hernando County Car Crash Attorneys at Whittel & Melton wanted to remind motorists of some important safety tips. Since most people have Labor Day off, many will attend a social gathering of some sort like a family backyard barbecue or a pool party with friends. More social gatherings mean more people are out on the roads. Traffic congestion combined with an increase in alcohol consumption can result in Labor Day car wrecks. And while this year Labor Day looks a bit different with the novel coronavirus still lingering over us, it is still best to prepare for the possibility of increased traffic accidents. 

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have compiled a few travel tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Labor Day weekend. 

Drive Defensively 

This is very important for staying accident free this Labor Day weekend. We urge you to be aware of congested roads, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Since we know traffic will likely be increased, it may be best to travel to your destination earlier in the morning before more motorists get out and about. Make sure you go the posted speed limits – there will be more law enforcement patrolling the roadways during the holiday weekend. 

Since we know there will likely be more people on the roads, plan your travel time and adjust if needed. Your usual 20 minute drive could now be 40 minutes, so give yourself some extra time and leave 10-20 minutes early so you are not feeling rushed to get to your holiday outing. 

Don’t Get Frustrated 

Road rage is a real thing, but you do not want to let your anger take over when you are behind the wheel of a car. Do not let another driver’s actions take your mind off the most important task at hand – getting where you need to go safely. If you need to pull over and scream, do so until your agitation subsides. If you do need to pull over, just remember to keep your car away from the right-hand lane and put it in park. Take some slow, deep breaths in and out and shake off those angry feelings before you head back out on the road. 

Do Not Drink and Drive

While this may seem like a real no-brainer, drunk driving accidents still happen at alarming rates. Do not drive anywhere if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (this includes prescription pills and over the counter meds that may affect your ability to drive safely.) On this same note, do not drive while hungover or on little sleep as you want to be well rested so that you can focus on the road. 

Check the Children 

With the holiday hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget about your precious cargo. You want all your passengers to stay safe, so ensure that everyone in your car is safely buckled in, this includes making sure children are securely strapped in to car seats that are appropriate for their age, height, and weight.

Contact Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton

Our Hernando County Car Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are available 24/7 to help you after you or someone you love have been involved in a serious car accident. We will be here to investigate your crash and fight to get you financial compensation for personal injuries, property damages, and other losses that go hand in hand with collisions that are caused by a reckless or negligent driver. 

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One person was killed Wednesday morning in a crash involving a school bus

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened between a school bus and a pick-up truck on Bourassa Boulevard and Commercial Way in the Weeki Wachee area.

The pick-up truck driver, a 69-year-old Crystal River man, was killed when his vehicle struck the back of the school bus.

Ten children on the bus suffered minor injuries. There were 48 students on the bus, which was serving the Winding Waters (K-8) School.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said the bus had slowed to let pedestrians cross and was preparing to turn when the pick-up struck the back of the bus.

Hernando County School District representatives responded to the scene, along with deputies, troopers, and Fire/Rescue responders.

The roadway was closed for several hours.

As a parent, the most important thing is the safety of your children. When they are old enough to attend school, you may put them on a bus to school five days a week, entrusting that the bus driver and school district will keep them free from danger and harm. When a child’s school bus is involved in a crash with another vehicle, this can be a horrifying experience for a parent or caregiver. Receiving a phone call from the school or hospital telling you your child has suffered harm while on the school bus can cause severe anxiety and worry as well as rouse up some angry emotions because your child was hurt because of someone else’s negligence.

It is actually quite common for school-bus related accidents to be caused by other drivers simply failing to follow the rules of the road. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV), there were 3,177 total school bus crashes in 2018 throughout the state of Florida. In 2017, there were 3,222 in Florida. In 2018, there were 24 school bus crashes in Hernando County alone. In 2017, there were 14. 

In the state of Florida, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Many children are harmed every year when drivers fail to stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus in Florida include:

  • Moving violation subject to citation
  • Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction
  • Four points on your driver’s license
  • Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.

 On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:

  • Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital
  • Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a FLHSMV approved driver improvement course
  • Six points on your driver’s license
  • Suspension of license for a minimum of one year
  • $1,500 fine

When a school bus crash involves a car or truck hitting the bus, injuries can be pretty severe since many school buses are not required to have seat belts to protect students in the event of an accident. School bus accidents also can involve injuries to numerous students, making lawsuits seeking financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, etc. somewhat complicated.

If your child was injured in a school bus accident where another motor vehicle hit a school bus, you may be able to recover monetary compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may be entitled to recover for all medical expenses related to the accident, both present and future, as well as receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering resulting from the injury. Other types of damages for which you might be compensated include loss of normal life, emotional distress, and disability or disfigurement.

Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what to do after a school bus crash has left your child injured. We will begin by investigating the accident, which can include obtaining photographs of the crash site, accident reports, witness statements, copies of insurance policies and other documents and evidence to support your claim. We will also review your medical bills. From there we can make a demand for compensation to the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, then we will file a lawsuit and try the case when necessary. 

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Did you know that the state of Florida has more than 815,000 licensed teen drivers? It is very important for teens to practice safe driving, which is why the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to educate teens on the importance of buckling up, observing all speed limits, never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to always focus on driving.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week and today we highlight Teen Arrive Alive Day. FLHSMV’s We Arrive Alive campaign initiative provides teens with the tools to take ownership of their driving habits, from buckling up to focusing on driving.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton remind you that the Wireless Communications While Driving law went into effect in July 2019, and states that motorists may be stopped and cited for texting and driving. We want to spread the word to everyone, especially Florida’s newest teen drivers, on why it is so important to never text and drive.

Driving is a Privilege, and you can lose it. Teens, you may not know this, but your parents have the authority to rescind a minor’s driver’s license. The parent or guardian who signs the Parental Consent Form can rescind responsibility for their minor’s driving and cancel the minor’s license.

If a teen gets six or more points on their license within 12 months, their license is restricted to “Business Purposes Only” for one year or until age 18, whichever happens first. If any additional points are racked up during this restricted period, the restriction is extended 90 days for each additional point.

If you are under 21, there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol level of .02 percent or more will have their license immediately suspended for six months. A second offense will result in a one year suspension. Refusal to submit to testing on a first offense results in an immediate suspension of 12 months, and 18 months on a second offense. On a similar note, if a teen under the age of 18 is convicted of possession of tobacco, they will lose their license for a minimum of 30 days.

A teen driver that receives a moving violation conviction with a Learner’s License, will have one more year until they can get an Operator’s License. If a teen receives a moving traffic conviction with a Learner’s License, the one-year period required to hold the Learner’s License will be extended for one year from the date of the conviction, or until 18 years old, whichever happens first.

Teens must be in good standing with their school attendance, or they will be ineligible to obtain or maintain their license. If not in compliance with school attendance, a teen’s driving privileges can be suspended until proof of attendance in school for 30 consecutive days has been provided.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want everyone to be safe on the roadways. We encourage teen drivers to follow these safety tips:

Before you drive:

  • Buckle up! Everyone in your vehicle should wear a seat belt, no matter how short or far the distance.
  • Keep extra passengers to a minimum. Extra passengers can be distracting for an inexperienced teen driver.
  • If you are going to a destination you are not familiar with, get complete directions and set your GPS before you go. Know your route before you put the car in drive.
  • Keep your vehicle in proper working condition. Check your tires and make sure they are inflated to the right pressure according to your owner’s manual. Bald tires, a poor transmission, bad brakes, a dirty windshield or a bad engine could lead to accidents.
  • Keep your car filled with gas. Do not drive around on empty, as you can end up stranded someplace unsafe.
  • Do not drive or ride with anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While you drive:

  • Keep your eyes on the road, and focus only on driving. Do not talk on your phone, text, fiddle with radio dials, put on make-up, comb your hair or eat while driving.
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs, stops signs, and traffic lights.
  • Use turn signals to indicate your intention to turn or to change lanes so that the drivers behind you have enough time to react before you take action.
  • Keep your music volume low. You don’t want to miss hearing a siren or a horn that could warn you of possible trouble.
  • Keep a watchful eye out for motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians.
  • Stay alert when driving and be aware of the weather, traffic congestion and road conditions.

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Children and caregivers all across the U.S. transport children to and from school, daycare, the store, and around town in car seats and boosters. What you may not know is that nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly, which means your child may not be getting to and from as safely as possible.

To help keep children safe on our roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 15-21, 2019. The goal is to make sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed and used, and that it’s registered with its manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates.

Car seats and boosters are one of the easiest ways to keep your child safe in the car and, when installed correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. The bad news is that many parents install their child seats incorrectly. In children under 5, an estimated 325 lives were saved in 2017 alone because they were properly buckled, but an additional 46 children could have been saved if every child was properly buckled.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for infants and children. From 2013 to 2017, there were 3,313 children under 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles. 2017 was the first yearly decrease since 2014. However, nearly 37% of those children killed in 2017 were not buckled at all, and it is important to note that these deaths are preventable.

Did You Know?

  • Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States.
  • When installed and used correctly, child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 – 8.
  • Children should ride in a vehicle back seat until they are 13 years old.

Get Help Checking Your Car Seat

If you have a car seat in your vehicle, visit a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your community to ensure that it’s correctly installed and that you are using it correctly. You can use this simple search tool to find a car seat inspection station near you right now, or visit a car seat check in your community on National Seat Check Saturday, September 21, 2019.

National Seat Check Saturday is the perfect time for parents to assure their children’s car seats are installed properly. In addition to the campaign being dedicated to educating parents on the correct ways to install car seats, it also provides safety tips to help parents choose the right car seat for their child.

Register Your Car Seat

It is imperative that all car seats are registered with their manufacturers in case of a safety recall. Every seat purchased comes with a postage-paid registration card that you can drop in the mail. You can also register your seat online. While a simple step, it is critical to make sure that you are notified if a defect is discovered with your car seat so it can be repaired or the seat can be replaced to keep your child safe.

Use The Right Seat

As children grow, parents tend to become a little lax on ensuring they are properly buckled in the right seats. The NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight limit allowed by the particular seat. This is the best way to keep them safe. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and a tether.

When your child exceeds the weight or height limits for their forward-facing car seat, it may be time for a booster seat. This should be the next step before a child is ready to wear an adult seat belt alone.

Every single time you get behind the wheel with your little ones in tow, make sure everyone in the car is properly buckled. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to help spread the message during Child Passenger Safety Week that correct car seat and booster seat use are the key to keeping children as safe as possible.

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Hernando County schools are back in session starting Monday, so expect to see law enforcement officers out in full force in school zones as classes begin.

They are looking to make sure drivers are obeying the rules of the road.

The main thing they will be keeping an extra eye on is making sure drivers come to a complete stop when school buses pick up and drop off kids.

Florida Highway Patrol says a common issue is drivers refusing to stop when buses’ flashing lights are on and stop signs are out. It is state law for drivers to stop at that point, unless they are on the other side of the road from the bus and separated by a median.

Many bus drivers throughout the county and the state say they encounter drivers refusing to stop at least several times a week.

Police officers also have a message for parents whose kids ride a bike to school. State law requires children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bike.

Last year a young man who wasn’t wearing a helmet died after a semi-truck hit him. The boy was in the crosswalk and was following the rules of the road.

If police find a child who is not wearing a helmet, they or their parent can be cited and receive a $62.50 fine. The ticket can be dismissed with proof of purchase of an approved helmet.

Texting While Driving Law Will Change in School Zones

Another thing that will be back starting Monday is school zones — slow speed zones near schools at certain times of the day.

Starting in October, school zones will get another rule — no touching mobile devices in school zones, period.

The rule is part of the new texting while driving law that the Florida Legislature passed this year.

Starting in October, drivers have to put down the phone in school zones, areas where students are crossing, and active construction zones.

In October, you could get pulled over and get a warning for doing so.

But starting in January, those warnings will become citations with fines.

Keeping children safe on their way to and from school is a huge priority for transportation officials. A few of the ways they try and do this is by using:

  • Crossing guards
  • Reduced speed zones
  • Children walking signs
  • Enhanced traffic enforcement by police

There are various different Florida school zone violations for which you can receive a citation, including:

  • Speeding
  • Texting
  • Disregarding a crossing guard
  • Violating the right of way/ failure to yield

When these traffic offenses occur in a school zone they have enhanced penalties, ranging from fines to points on your driver’s license. In more severe cases where these offenses accompany any criminal offense, like a DUI, you can also be arrested.

The intent of establishing school zones is make sure children get from their home and to school safely, and vice versa. However, these school zones do not always work as they were intended to. As drivers, it is very important to exercise a proactive approach rather than reactive approach in order to ensure that no children are susceptible to any avoidable dangers on their way to and from school each day. Moreover, it is very important to review your driving habits and make sure you are not contributing to the problem. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton encourage you to review the tips below to ensure that you are creating a safer environment for all children in school zones:

  • Always keep a vigilant eye out for children and assume that they could dart out into the street at any moment. Pay attention because it is quite common for children to run into the street from behind a building or other area that may have obstructed your view.
  • Do not speed. By slowing down you can improve your reaction time and reduce the severity of potential injuries should you be involved in an accident with a child.
  • Put your electronic devices down. Phone calls and text messages can wait until you safely reach your endpoint. By not responding to a text or missing a call, you could in turn save a life.

At Whittel & Melton, we know how important your children are and that you will do everything you can to keep them away from any danger or harm. Injuries that arise from careless or negligent drivers are entirely avoidable, but in the event your child has encountered a reckless driver and suffered harm, we can help. We can make sure they at-fault driver is held legally responsible for their careless actions by filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking financial compensation.

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A dump truck overturned in Hernando County while avoiding a head-on collision with an SUV, just a few days ago.

The dump truck was traveling eastbound when an SUV was passing several vehicles illegally, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

As the SUV approached the dump truck, the driver of the truck steered it into the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision.

The driver then lost control of the dump truck, causing it to overturn and spill lime rock gravel across SR-50.

The crash closed SR-50 from US-301 to SR-471 for several hours.

Anyone with information regarding the SUV involved is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-558-1800.

While head-on collisions account for just a small percentage of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, those involved in this type of crash are more likely to be severely injured than in other types of vehicle crashes. Head-on collisions account for only 2 percent of motor vehicle accidents, but the fatalities associated with these crashes account for 10 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. Head-on collisions are absolutely some of the most serious types of vehicle accident there can be. If victims of these accidents survive, they are usually left suffering from catastrophic injuries. Some of these injuries leave victims permanently disabled and/or disfigured.

In order to avoid causing a head-on collision, it is important to understand the main causes of these types of accidents.

The main causes of head-on collisions are:

  • Distracted driving: A distracted driver that is texting on their phone, talking on their phone, applying makeup, fiddling with radio dials, eating, trying to fix their GPS, etc, is highly likely to veer into the oncoming lane. It doesn’t take long for that to happen.
  • Wrong way drivers: Drivers may become confused or disoriented and drive on to a highway using the off-ramp instead of the on-ramp. They may even turn the wrong way down a one-way street. It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of all wrong way driving incidents are due to the impairment of the wrong way driver.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk drivers are notorious for driving the wrong way and/or speeding. Drunk drivers may be unable to stay in their own lane, which can lead to a head-on crash in the same way that distracted driving can.
  • Drowsy driving: Drowsy driving can affect anyone. Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. When a person is sleep-deprived, their reflexes are diminished and the drowsy driver could fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Hazardous road conditions: Potholes, road debris, bad lighting, lack of dividing lines and other road problems can result in a driver veering out of their lane and into the path of oncoming traffic.

If you happen to see a vehicle coming toward you in your lane, you do not have much time to react in order to prevent a devastating head-on collision. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want you to be aware of some of the defensive driving tactics that may help you get out of the way of a vehicle driving towards you in your lane.

  • If you see a vehicle coming at you, slow down and be prepared to stop or move out of the way if the driver does not return to the correct lane.
  • Flash your headlights and honk your horn to try and alert the other driver, who may be distracted or tired. Making the driver aware that you are there may cause the person to drive back into the correct lane, and prevent a tragic wreck.
  • Swerve to the right. Never swerve to the left. Avoid going completely off the road if possible.
  • It is better to veer off the road than to hit another car head-on, especially if you are travelling at highway speeds.
  • If you must hit an object, aim for something stationary rather than the other vehicle. If at all possible, try and hit the object with the side of your car so that the impact will be less damaging than striking head-on.
  • If you cannot avoid a collision with the other vehicle, try to sideswipe another vehicle rather than have a direct hit.
  • Call 911. If you are lucky enough to avoid the oncoming danger, pull over as soon as possible and call 911 to report what happened.

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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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