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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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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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Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning involving two vehicles.

Officials believe a semi-tractor trailer jackknifed and blocked several lanes of I-75. The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours.

The crash occurred around 1:20 a.m. on I-75 at mile marker 297. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, according to reports.

The crash caused a fuel tank on the semi-truck was ruptured and leaked around 60 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway.

HazMat crews were able to contain the spill which spread nearly ½ mile in a storm drain.

Both drivers received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Semi trucks present a serious danger to drivers mostly because they are the largest vehicles on the road. Their sheer size, length, and weight usually mean that a collision will result in serious injuries.

Drivers must use extra caution when driving around semi-trucks. Semi trucks have a tendency to take wide turns and can easily tip over or jackknife. Semi drivers can lose control in an instant of a vehicle weighing tens of thousands of pounds.

After a truck accident, injury victims can suffer both physical and financial hardship. While no one can undo the damage caused by a serious accident, our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the truck collision. If you have lost a loved one, we can fight to recover funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death.

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One person was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75.

The crash happened at 6:15 a.m. when a box truck crashed into the back of a semi-truck near Mile Marker 302 in Ridge Manor, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.

The driver of the box truck was killed. The driver of the semi was not harmed.

The northbound lanes of I-75 were temporarily shut down, until one lane could safely be opened to allow the heavily backed up traffic to proceed slowly past the accident scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

One out of every 8 fatal accident on highways across the country involve a semi-truck. This statistic alone serves as a reminder that trucking accidents are a huge problem and that trucking companies should be held accountable for the negligence of their drivers.

  • In 2013, there were more than 327,000 accidents involving semi trucks.
  • Of those, 3,906, of these accidents were fatal.
  • 63 percent of fatal accidents involved two or more vehicles.
  • 25 percent of these fatal crashes occurred on interstate highways.
  • 66 percent of all deadly accidents took place during the daytime.

Our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you or your loved ones who have been involved in these types of collisions. We are able to properly survey a truck accident scene and re-create the collision by working closely with reconstruction specialists. We can look for crucial pieces of evidence that can assist with your claim, including:

  • How many hours the trucker was supposed to drive before they were required to pull over for rest.
  • Whether or not their truck exceeded weight restrictions.
  • Verifying if the trucker kept proper travel logs required by law.
  • Ensuring appropriate licenses were issued to operate the semi-truck.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a press release regarding their proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers. Their plans include to upgrade the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that address underride protection for light-vehicles in crashes to the rear of trailers and semitrailers. The recent proposed rule could have a huge impact and actually improve trailer and semitrailer crash safety by enhancing underride protection and visibility of single unit trucks.

What is an underride truck accident? These occur when a car, usually a passenger occupant vehicle, hits the rear of a large truck and slides underneath it. Commercial trucks are much taller than passenger occupant vehicles, so underride accidents are more common that you may think. If a car gets trapped under a semi truck, the passenger compartment can become compromised, which in turn places the lives of those inside at an increased risk for catastrophic injuries or death.

As it is now, most large trucks have rear impact guards in place to help prevent underride crashes, but the proposed rule will require semis to be equipped with more robust guards. These new impact guards are anticipated to significantly reduce the risk of death or injury to passenger occupants involved in crashes with tractor trailers.

Semi trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than smaller passenger vehicles like cars, minivans, SUVs and light trucks. For drivers and passengers in these smaller cars, a crash involving a large truck can have devastating results. Underride accidents are especially dangerous for occupants in smaller cars and trucks.

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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 33-year-old Wesley Chapel man was killed early Friday in a head-on crash with an 18-wheeler in Hernando County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Wesley Chapel man was killed when his 2006 Honda Civic collided head-on with a semi truck just after midnight on State Road 50 near Ridge Manor.  

Troopers believe the man was traveling west on State Road 50 just west of Richloam Clay Sink Road when his Honda drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with a semi-truck.

The Wesley Chapel man died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, a 50-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Dade City Hospital.

The crash is currently under investigation.

A head-on collision with a negligent semi truck driver usually involves one or more of the following:

  • Driver fatigue.
  • Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.
  • Distraction, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, looking for something, talking to a passenger, etc.

Commercial truck drivers have more laws to follow than drivers regular passenger vehicles due to the fact that there are state and federal regulations that govern commercial transportation. These regulations have specific requirements regarding the hours a semi driver can drive, the weight of the load, the size of the vehicle and many other aspects of commercial transportation.

If you are the family member of a loved one who died in a semi-truck accident, you know exactly how your family’s life can change in an instant. At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help your family cope with the  legal and financial issues involved in a fatal tractor trailer accident.

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Five people were killed, and two others were seriously harmed in a crash in Hernando County Monday morning.

The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Citrus Way and Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Brooksville.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a box truck traveling southbound on Citrus Way failed to stop at the intersection of SR-700 and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pickup towing a utility trailer traveling westbound on SR-700.

9493044529_9600744d02_zThe Chevy pickup caught fire as a result of the impact.

Five people in the pickup died.

Two people in the box truck were seriously injured. Both were airlifted to area hospitals.

According to troopers, it appears the victims in the pickup truck worked for a company in Polk County.

Everyday in Hernando County, box trucks, also known as delivery trucks, share the roadways with smaller passenger vehicles. Many major corporations including Fedex, UPS, Staples and others rely on these vehicles to help carry out their basic operations. In many cases, these delivery truck drivers are under strict deadlines, which can result in negligent driving errors. In other scenarios, companies may fail to perform the required maintenance checks for their fleet of delivery trucks, which can lead to equipment failure resulting in an accident.

Immediately following a delivery truck accident, a thorough investigation is required to determine the cause of the accident and determine who is responsible.

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A 29-year-old woman was killed an early morning crash involving a semi Monday in Spring Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was driving a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV southbound on U.S. 19 approaching Toucan Trail just before 1 a.m.

Troopers believe that a semi traveling east on Toucan Trail turned south onto U.S. 19. The woman’s vehicle was not able to stop in time and crashed into the back of the semi trailer.

The woman died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, a 31-year-old man, was not injured.

18631509849_719fdc71a5_zOne of the scariest experiences that any automobile driver can experience is an auto accident with a truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler or semi truck. A vast number of these collisions result in the driver of the car being severely injured or killed. The sad truth is that these types of accidents are common occurrences through Hernando County roadways and interstates.

After a truck vs. car accident, the company for the truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler or semi truck and their insurance company will act fast and conduct an investigation immediately. The trucking company and insurance company will try to limit the recovery of the injury or wrongful death victim to the lowest possible amount. These companies have very specific and intricate procedures on handling these types of accident claims, especially in the early stages. Because of this, it is important for victims or victims’ family members to seek legal help as soon as possible in order to protect their rights.

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Spring break is finally here! Families, college students and teenagers are packing their bags and heading out in search of fun, and usually sun, at their final destination. While planning what to do during your vacation is always top priority, it is equally important to plan what to do on your way there in the event an unexpected emergency arises.

There are many things you can do to lessen your chances of becoming a victim of a spring break auto accident, so consider the following safety tips before you head out of town:

  • 2339488040_f1a38bd513_zBefore you head out on your trip, get your car checked out by a mechanic. You need to make sure your vehicle is in proper working order before you drive any distance.
  • Plan your route. Make sure you pencil in time for breaks, rest stops and overnight stays, if needed. Keep in mind that while it is excellent to have a plan, should you need to add in an extra pit stop or two, that is perfectly OK. You do not want to push yourself to drive additional distances if you are too tired. Listen to your body, and take a rest when need be.
  • Rotate Drivers. Let one of your travel companions take the wheel when you need a break.
  • Call for help if you experience car trouble. It can be scary when something goes wrong with your vehicle in a foreign place. Stay in your car while you wait for help to arrive.
  • Do not drink and drive, or allow anyone else in the car to drink. It is illegal in many places for other passengers to drink in a vehicle, so do not chance it. With that said, if you have consumed any amount of alcohol, do not drive yourself and your buddies anywhere. Instead, opt for a cab or alternate transportation.

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