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A 26-year-old man on a scooter suffered serious injuries after a crash Tuesday morning in Clearwater.

According to police, the man was riding a scooter that collided with an SUV just before 7 a.m. on Belcher Road just north of Drew Street.

The man is in critical condition at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Officers believe the man was travelling northbound on Belcher Road on his scooter when the 48-year-old driver of the SUV tried to exit a convenience store parking lot to go southbound on Belcher, triggering the collision.

Authorities claim the scooter driver was not wearing a helmet.

An investigation into the crash is pending.

Scooter vs. automobile accidents can be deadly, strictly due to the size and lack of protection that a scooter provides to a driver. If a scooter driver/passenger does survive, they are likely left suffering severe injuries. Most scooter accidents involve ejections and not wearing a helmet can only make these injuries more tragic.

There are many reasons for scooter vs. automobile accidents, including reckless or negligent driving, drivers failing to see the scooter, poor visibility/bad weather, roadway defects and even driver impairment. Regardless of what caused an accident, it is important to get an injury attorney involved right away to make sure all evidence is promptly collected, witnesses are interviewed and insurance companies involved are dealt with accordingly. Our Clearwater Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know that these types of cases can be complex, mostly because insurance companies are quick to place the blame on the scooter driver. We can help make sure your rights are protected and that we do everything we can to recover full and fair compensation on your behalf for all injuries.

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Hoverboards, the popular gift of 2015 has been causing injuries all across South Florida this holiday season.

Hospitals in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties have seen at least 40 visits due to hoverboards. Injuries included broken and fractured wrists, as well as concussions.

Earlier this month, the scooters made headlines after reports of some catching fire. In one Boca Raton case, a woman told police her 11-year-old daughter was playing on the board when it started making popping sounds. It was on fire moments after the child jumped off, according to a report.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has said it is investigating the fire hazard posed by the toy.

In most of the local cases, though, falls have been the number cause for injuries.

While some injuries have been more mild, others have been seriously harmed. A 10-year-old from the Hialeah area, had to be airlifted from Memorial Hospital Miramar to Joe DiMaggio Hospital in Hollywood for emergency surgery when his fall left his bone poking out from his skin – an open fracture.

The Hoverboard reportedly stalled as he was riding to his friend’s house and he fell.

The boy is expected to recover within three months.

The Hoverboard, a self-balancing electric scooter, was named the hottest holiday gift for 2015. In fact, to prove its popularity, on Cyber Monday one was sold every 12 seconds. Even though this gadget is a big hit among kids and adults, hoverboards have come under scrutiny due to serious safety concerns.

The U.S. National Association of State Fire Marshals and the National Trading Standards in the United Kingdom have both issued warnings to consumers that Hoverboards could potentially overheat, explode, or catch fire, mainly due to faulty charging mechanisms.

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The death toll on U.S. highways rose 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015.

According to new figures from the Transportation Department, low fuel prices have contributed to a jump in miles driven by Americans.

The preliminary figures represent a “troubling departure” from a general downward trend over the past decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report released Tuesday.

In 2014, the fatality rate hit an all-time low.

Americans drove about 51.9 billion miles more in the first half of 2015 than the same period last year, which equates to about a 3.5 percent increase, according to the NHTSA. Job growth and low fuel prices also may be factors in the sudden, unexpected surge in highway fatalities, the agency said. There was also more leisure travel and driving by young people, which can contribute to higher fatality rates.

The sad news is that the death rate also increased. Fatalities per million vehicle-miles driven rose in the first half of 2015 was 1.06 percent, or 4.4 percent higher than the same period in 2014.

In final figures for 2014, 32,675 people died in U.S. motor-vehicle crashes, a 0.1 percent decline from 2013. The fatality rate declined to 1.07 deaths per million vehicle-miles traveled, which was a record low for a complete year.

States in the Southeast — Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee — saw a 15 percent increase in fatalities. The second highest increase, 11 percent, was recorded in a group of Western states: Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. California and Arizona saw no increase in fatalities, and the New England region saw an increase of 1 percent.

The biggest factors in traffic fatalities remain the lack of seatbelt use and drunk driving, according to reports. Nearly half of all people killed in road crashes do not wear seat belts, and one-third of all fatalities are in crashes involve intoxicated drivers.

Distracted driving accounted for 3,179 deaths in 2014, about 10 percent of the total. Drowsy driving was involved in 2.6 percent of the fatalities.

States without mandatory motorcycle helmet laws saw a “far higher” number of fatalities than states with mandatory helmet laws, according to reports. There were 1,565 motorcycle deaths in 2014.

Bicyclist deaths declined by 2.3 percent, but pedestrian deaths rose by 3.1 percent from the previous year. In 2014, there were 726 cyclists and 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes.

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Two boys riding dirt bikes are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car on Christmas Eve.

The boys, 13 and 16, were riding their bikes around Southwest 66th Terrace and Southwest 28th Street when a Nissan Altima hit them around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Miramar Police spokeswoman.

The two boys were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

dirt bike betch.jpgThe driver of the Altima reportedly stayed at the scene after the accident. Police are still investigating the incident.

Dirt bikes and ATV’s, otherwise known as all-terrain vehicles, can be fun for individuals of all ages, but they are also notorious for being very dangerous. Dirt bike and ATV accidents can result in serious injuries, paralysis and even death. If you or someone you care for has suffered an injury from dirt bike or ATV accident, it is important to consult with a Broward County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton immediately. We represent individuals who have been injured on a dirt bike, motorcycle or ATV throughout Broward County, including the cities of Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors.

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An 18-year-old University of Florida freshman baseball player was injured Sept. 27 after his scooter struck a car on the Alachua County campus.

The student was ejected from his scooter after colliding with a BMW 525i. Both motorists were supposedly attempting to make a left-hand turn when the man’s scooter hit the back of the woman’s car shortly before 7:30 p.m.

The driver of the BMW was cited by the University Police Department for failure to yield to a driver turning left.

The man’s head was bleeding while awaiting emergency responders. Responders from Alachua County Fire & Rescue wrapped his head with bandages before placing him on a stretcher and transporting him to the hospital.

A Florida spokesman said the student athlete was held overnight at Shands Hospital for observation. He was supposedly released the next morning, but no further update could be provided regarding his health.

Scooter and motorcycle accidents can often result in serious personal injuries and even wrongful death. There tends to be a larger risk of serious brain and back injuries to scooter and motorcycle riders because of the lack of protection these vehicles offer. Other common injuries include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, paralysis and severe burns.

If you were injured while on a scooter or motorcycle because of another person’s negligence you may be able to seek compensation for pain, suffering and medical costs. Sometimes knowing the proper steps to take following a scooter accident can make filing your claim easier. Here are a few helpful tips if you find yourself involved in a collision:

Get Insurance Information: Make sure you ask any parties involved for their names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance information for later use. If there are any witnesses to the accident, it can be beneficial to get their personal information as well. If needed, witness testimony can often strengthen your case.

Take Photos: Many of today’s cell phones have camera features, so try and snap some visual evidence of the accident scene. Taking pictures of your damaged scooter or motorcycle is also a good idea.

Do Not Get Rid of Your Scooter: Keeping your damaged scooter can serve as evidence during negotiations or trial for your accident claim. No matter how damaged, your scooter should be preserved if possible. Accident reconstructionists can often use your scuffed up scooter as a starting point for recreating the collision scene.

Keep Quiet: You should try and only give statements regarding your accident to your motorcycle or scooter accident attorney. Speaking with investigators, insurance companies or newspapers can be detrimental to your case because words can get twisted and be used against you in court.

Scooter and motorcycle accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence on busy Florida streets. Many drivers of large cars and trucks are guilty of distracted driving and can fail to observe vehicles like scooters or motorcycles on the roadways. Because the weight of a motorcycle or scooter is significantly less than a car or truck, scooter and motorcycle drivers typically sustain catastrophic injuries from wrecks.

The experienced attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand how devastating scooter and motorcycle injuries can be. We can evaluate property damage and consult with any possible witnesses to identify all potential liable parties. Contact our firm today for a completely confidential and free consultation.

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