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A recent motorcycle vs. SUV collision in Spring Hill resulted in the tragic death of a 27-year-old man. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 27-year-old Spring Hill man was riding a motorcycle when he collided with another man driving an SUV. The FHP alleges the motorcyclist was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. 

The biker was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, but passed away. The driver of the SUV was not harmed. 

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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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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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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