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May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding all motorists of the importance of sharing the road.

Motorcyclists and bicyclists share the same privileges, rights and responsibilities as every other driver on the road. As drivers, we must be courteous and watch out for bicyclists and motorcyclists.

In 2016 preliminarily, there were 10,297 motorcycle crashes and 6,580 bicycle crashes in Florida, or more than 46 motorcycle or bicycle crashes every day. As a result of these crashes in 2016, there were 501 motorcycle and 133 bicycle fatalities.

Motorcyclists under the age of 30 accounted for almost 30 percent of all motorcycle crashes, and almost 82 percent of all motorcyclists involved in a crash were men.

  • Drivers should be aware of these safety reminder:
  • Never share the lane with a motorcycle
  • Maintain a four-second buffer zone between you and a motorcyclist
  • Increase space when encountering bad weather and road conditions
  • Do not follow too closely behind a motorcycle or bicycle

Bicyclists between the ages of 15-19 had the highest number of bicycle crashes out of all the age groups, and  bicyclists age 50-59 had the highest number of fatalities from bicycle crashes with one-third of bicyclists killed in a crash in 2016.

With the traffic always increasing on our Hernando County roadways, it is important that all motorists drive responsibly, share the roadways and look out for each other.

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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 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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At least 40 million Americans are estimated to travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The majority of those will be on the roads, travelling to and from their destinations.

Due to the vast number of people anticipated to be driving on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend, the potential for car accidents is quite high. During the first half of this year, an estimated 15,470 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. That number is expected to increase during the second half of the year with such high rates of end-of-the-year holiday travel.

Do not let a car accident ruin your Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few holiday travel safety tips to help ensure the safety of you and your family:

  • Check the fluid levels on your vehicle, the battery and fill up with gas before heading out of town. Proper car maintenance and a full tank of gas can go a long way to make sure that you are not stranded during your travels.
  • Have a backup plan. Equip yourself with emergency supplies in case of an accident, breakdown or medical emergency. You should include a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, tools and bottled water in your emergency kit. Numerous accidents occur when drivers become stranded on the side of the highway. If your vehicle breaks down or you are in an accident, remember to keep yourself safe. If it is possible, pull the car completely onto the shoulder or off of the road. Anyone inside the vehicle should exit the vehicle on the side opposite oncoming traffic and wait for help as far back from the road as possible. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.
  • Abide by “Move Over” laws. Keep your eyes out for other drivers who may be stranded. If you see a vehicle on the side of the road, slow down and get over.
  • Never drive distracted. Drinking and driving, as well as texting while driving are leading causes of accidents across the country. Did you know that drivers who text while driving are four times more likely to be in a car accident? Don’t become a statistic – keep your focus on the road.

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A 16-year-old motorcyclist rear-ended a slowing pickup truck, was ejected from the bike onto a road and was struck by a car Tuesday morning in Hernando County.

According to troopers, the Spring Hill teen was in critical condition at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

The incident occurred at 6:36 a.m. on Mariner Boulevard at Delbarton Street in Spring Hill, troopers said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teen was heading north on Mariner on a 2003 Honda motorcycle, trailing a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by a 58-year-old Spring Hill man. The man slowed to avoid stopped traffic in front of him, and the motorcycle collided with the rear of the pickup.

The teen was thrown from the bike onto the inside lane of Mariner, where he was struck by a 2010 Honda Civic driven by a 37-year-old Spring Hill woman, troopers said.

Both drivers reported no injuries, according to the highway patrol.

Several factors play a role in motorcycle accidents, however most are caused by the negligence of passenger vehicle drivers. Motorcycle accidents are often the result of passenger vehicle drivers who:

  • Fail to yield right-of-way
  • Make lane changes before looking
  • Make left-hand turns into motorcycles
  • Drive distracted
  • Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Tailgate a motorcycle
  • Drive while fatigued

Even when motorcyclists and their passengers wear helmets, they are still prone to severe injuries. Motorcyclists are often ejected in collisions, leaving them extremely vulnerable to catastrophic injuries including:

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A 24-year-old Spring Hill man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening on Spring Hill Drive.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was riding east on Spring Hill Drive around 5:30 p.m. and made several lane changes.

The man apparently scraped against the curb near Inca Avenue and lost control of his 2001 Yamaha. He was thrown from the bike and died at the scene, according  to authorities.

13667211083_9feebb4f97_zMotorcycle accidents almost always result in serious injuries. A motorcycle offers little protection in the event of a dangerous collision, leaving riders vulnerable to life-changing brain or spinal cord injuries and even death. A Hernando County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can protect your rights, or the rights of a loved one taken from you, after a motorcycle accident, as well as help you pursue financial compensation for your losses.

After a motorcycle accident in Spring Hill or Brooksville, please consult with a Hernando County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We can effectively protect you, in either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

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Alcohol-related crashes in Hernando County were down last year, compared to the previous year, according to recent reports.

In 2014, there were 93 alcohol-related crashes, a decrease of 24 from 2013. The decrease in alcohol-related injury crashes was even more substantial: 37 from 68.

There were five fatal alcohol-related fatal crashes in 2014 and four in 2013. Alcohol-related pedestrian collisions dropped from 11 to nine.

Alcohol-related motorcycle crashes increased – from eight to nine.

In total, there were 59 less people injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2014 compared to the previous year. That was a 28 percent decrease.

11064883376_6771bd6c4a_z (1)Hernando County drunk driving accidents are usually complex cases. The best thing you can do following a collision is to consult with a Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. By involving us at the earliest stage of a motor vehicle accident, you can make sure the physical, emotional and financial well-being of you and your family is protected.

In many DUI accident cases, the at-fault drivers lack insurance or do not have adequate insurance to compensate victims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Insurance companies know the tremendous liability that results when one of their insured drivers is accused of causing a serious or fatal drunk driving accident. Insurance adjusters will often try to limit liability immediately. This may mean that they offer to settle your case for what they claim is the maximum amount available under the policy, when in reality the settlement being offered is extremely low and not all near what is fair.

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Traffic accidents are never an easy thing to deal with. The headaches that follow a car accident seem to be endless – from property damage, personal injuries and dealing with the insurance companies, auto accidents generally result in a tremendous amount of frustration for all parties involved. While car accidents can be aggravating, preparing yourself for how to react in the event you are involved in an accident can help ensure that your legal rights will be protected.

2852943886_500df8916f_zOur personal injury lawyers at Whittel & Melton have worked with many car accident victims and know firsthand how certain mistakes people make after a collision can jeopardize their  right to financial compensation. The following are the 5 most common mistakes to avoid after you have been involved in an auto accident:

  • Not Calling Police. If you can call the police after an auto accident, then it is best to do so. Law enforcement can handle any emergency and/or criminal issues that can arise at the scene of an accident, as well as take notes about the accident and record any witness statements. Should you choose to pursue an injury claim, these notes could become useful.
  • Not Getting the Other Driver’s Information. You should always try and exchange information with any other motorists involved in an accident. It can be difficult to make a case without this information. Make sure to get a driver’s license plate number, insurance information and contact information. If any witnesses are present, jot down their information as well.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention. Many people that are involved in car accidents refrain from seeking medical care because they do not feel any pain right away. However, by not seeking prompt medical attention, you put yourself and your potential injury claim in danger. Waiting to seek out medical help is common, but a very big mistake.
  • Believing the Insurance Company. Despite what you may think, the insurance company is in business to protect their bottom line, and that is it. Do not believe for a second that an insurance company will fairly compensate you for your damages, and never accept an offer without consulting with a lawyer first. This is a costly mistake.
  • Not Calling a Lawyer. An auto accident attorney can help you understand all of your legal rights and help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. Moreover, an injury lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company and get you the financial compensation you deserve.

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As with most other holidays, New Year’s Eve brings an increase in the number of accidents, especially on highways and roads. New Year’s actually sees some of the largest amount of drunk driving offenders compared to other holidays, due to the fact that the main cause for celebration is a late-night party with drinking. This just means more drunk drivers and more tragic accidents.

339912423_4416699c99_zWhile the best safety advice anyone can give for New Year’s is the obvious, “don’t drink and drive,” it is also equally important to refrain from texting and driving, or really just avoiding any distracting activity while behind the wheel. This isn’t only for your own safety, but for that of others. While most people understand that drunk driving can cost lives, texting, eating, applying makeup, etc. while driving can impair your reaction time just as much as alcohol. However, many people still do not regard distracted driving as a deadly error in the same way we think of drunk driving.

If you need to text someone while driving, the safest thing to do is to pull over first. If it is not worth pulling over, then the text really is not that urgent.

Staying alert and practicing defensive driving can prevent many of the accidents that happen on New Year’s, or any other holiday for that matter. Remember that when you get in that driver’s seat, it may not be enough to be sober and distraction-free. Other drivers around you could be distracted or impaired, and if you are driving defensively you will be able to see them coming and avoid any dangerous driving maneuvers on their part. How can you be a defensive driver? The main things to remember when  defensive driving are:

  • Avoid rushing. Leave early so that you have plenty of time to get to your final destination.
  • Avoid tailgating. Allow extra room between yourself and other vehicles.
  • Let people pass you.
  • Regularly check your mirrors, especially before executing any lane changes.
  • Always use your turn signal!

Lastly, you can help prevent accidents even when you are not on the roadways by planning a designated driver to get you and your pals home safely on New Year’s Eve. If someone you know is not safe to be behind the wheel, speak up and take their keys. While they may be mad at the time, they will thank you for it the next day.

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One of the biggest risks for motorcyclists is navigating through intersections. All drivers of motor vehicles travelling through an intersection are obligated to obey traffic signals, and along with that comes the duty to keep a proper lookout for others in the roadway. However, many drivers fail to pay attention to motorcyclists, and when this happens, the results can be deadly.

On Sunday, a Spring Hill motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a Chevy Camaro.

According to reports, a 2011 Chevy Camaro, driven by 50-year-old woman was stopped facing south on St. Ives Boulevard at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 574.

13667211083_9feebb4f97_zAround the same time, a 2006 Yamaha MTCY driven by 68-year-old man was traveling east on Spring Hill Drive in the inside lane, approaching the intersection of St. Ives Boulevard.

The man attempted to cross Spring Hill Drive before he collided with the Camaro.

The man was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

As mentioned before, the law requires that every driver obey traffic signals. Florida law mandates that all drivers exercise proper care when behind the wheel, which means exercising reasonable care even if they have the right-of-way when they are entering an intersection.

One of the biggest risks facing motorcyclists at intersections is a driver coming from the opposite direction trying to make a left hand turn in front of the motorcyclist. These drivers often try to argue that that the motorcyclist must have been speeding and appeared out of nowhere. The reality is that many of these drivers are simply not paying attention before they execute a turn, and the collision is their fault.

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