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PASCO COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcyclist died following a collision with a parked vehicle in Pasco County, according to a report by WFLA.

The crash took place March 16 on Evergreen Court near Cummer Road in the area of the Cypress Manor residential community near Dade City.

The FHP said a man was riding a Yamaha motorcycle southbound at about 11:52 a.m. when he lost control of the bike and collided with a Toyota RAV4.  At the time the Toyota was not occupied and was parked near the residential community.


CITRUS COUNTY, FL – An accident involving a moped in Citrus County on Sunday night left one person dead and another injured, according to WTVT.

The crash happened on W. Norvell Bryant Highway near North Betty Point at about 7:30 p.m.  The Florida Highway Patrol’s investigation found that a 21-year-old woman from Belleview was driving a vehicle eastbound and trying to pass the moped when she collided with it.  The moped rider and a passenger fell off their vehicle, and the rider was then struck by a vehicle driven by a 75-year-old man from Crystal River.

The moped rider, a man from Inverness, was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.  The passenger, a 15-year-old Homosassa boy, was seriously injured.


More and more people are choosing to drive drunk over the holiday season. December’s drunk driving deaths are the greatest in over 15 years, according to NHTSA data.

Drunk Driving

The most recent data year available, December 2021, showed 1,013 fatalities from drunk driving-related road crashes, the highest number since 2007. Over 4,500 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related traffic collisions in December between 2017 and 2021, according to data from the NHTSA. The tragedy of these losses is felt all year, but for many, it is intensified over the holidays.

Drug-Impaired Driving

All 50 states prohibit drug-impaired driving, just like they do drunk driving. During the years 2019–2021, the NHTSA investigated drivers who suffered life-threatening injuries or lost their lives at various trauma centers and medical examiner offices. According to the study, almost 25% of drivers at trauma clinics had detectable levels of THC, or marijuana’s active ingredient, in their bodies.

From now until Jan. 1 police are ramping up their efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads. 204 people have died in 4,494 alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the past year in Florida, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Here are a few tips to make sure you and your friends and family get home safely this NYE:

  • Plan for a sober ride home, and assign someone to be your point of accountability if necessary.
  • If you choose to drink, do not drive while intoxicated. To get home safely, call a sober friend, use a taxi or rideshare service, or use public transportation. In some areas in Florida, AAA’s Tow 2 Go service will drop you and your car off within a 10-mile radius for free. (855) 2-TOW-2-GO is the number to call. The Tow-To-Go service is available through Tuesday, January 2.
  • If you are hosting and notice someone about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them get home safely or provide them with food, water, and a place to sleep so they can sober up.

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A DUI accident case can be complicated and time-consuming to resolve. A lawyer can assist you in obtaining crucial evidence against a drunk or drug-impaired motorist, such as chemical test results and police camera footage. After that, a lawyer can help you file a claim with the insurance provider of the impaired motorist to seek fair compensation for all losses. Continue reading

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This first weekend in December is one of the most popular periods to decorate your home for the holidays, second only to Thanksgiving weekend.

Additionally, it is the time when safety specialists’ shudder at the surge in hospital emergency rooms.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 160 decorating-related accidents occur every day throughout the holiday season.

Choosing a tree and setting up decorations inside and outside your house might be enjoyable for the whole family, but there is also an added opportunity for injuries to happen.

Every holiday season, more than 5,800 fall injuries are caused by holiday décor mishaps, according to the CDC. A little over 43% of those injuries are the result of ladder falls. According to estimates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year about 18,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to injuries sustained from putting up Christmas decorations.


Be careful getting that #christmastree up at your home. Here are some #christmas safety idea to think about. Be safe and have a great holiday season. #personalinjurylawyer #tampabay #springhillflorida #gainesvillefl #miamiflorida

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The leading cause of ladder-related injuries is a ladder sliding out at the base due to an incorrect setup angle.

Here are some tips for ladder safety during the holidays: 

  • Use the proper ladder or step stool to reach high places. Do you simply need a step stool to change a lightbulb, or do you need an extension ladder to get on your roof to hang Christmas lights? Selecting the appropriate ladder can reduce your risk for injury.
  • Longer ladders are less stable, so use them only when essential. On the other hand, most injuries occur when you reach farther than your normal reach on the ladder. Therefore, you run a higher danger of falling if you utilize a shorter ladder than necessary.
  • Observe the “Three-Point Rule.” When using a ladder, make sure you always have three points of contact: two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. To climb, grab the ladder’s rungs rather than the side rails.
  • Do not stand on furniture, like desks, chairs, tables, etc.
  • Due to limited stability, most ladders are not intended to support a person at the top. Instead, store your tools, decorations, and other job-related supplies on the top step or cap.
  • If using a step ladder next to a doorway, make sure to lock or barricade the entrance. To ensure that no one opens the door and knocks you off the ladder, you can also post signs on the door.
  • Aluminum ladders or any other metal ladder can conduct electricity. Therefore, stay away from carrying or handling live wires as they may cause electrocution if they encounter metal.
  • Avoid decorating at night and abstain from alcohol both before and during the decorating process.
  • Make sure that a friend, relative, or neighbor is always at the base of the ladder. They can pass objects up to you so you do not have to carry them up the ladder and assist with anchoring the ladder. In the event of an accident, they can also immediately call for assistance.

During the Christmas season, emergency rooms throughout the country are overflowing with victims of holiday decorating disasters. In the months of November and December, there are an average of 230 decor-related injuries treated by American hospitals every day. So that this season can continue to be joyous, please be cautious! Continue reading

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Six people were killed in a collision with a train in Plant City on Sept. 23, and another was seriously injured and expected to survive the crash.

There is a stop sign placed at the railroad crossing where the fatal collision took place, but there is no signal light or crossing arms. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is still looking into why the motorist did not stop.

A Hillsborough County commissioner is considering installing signals and crossbars at each train intersection in the county in the wake of the fatal collision. According to Commissioner Michael Owen, whose district includes Plant City, there are 19 junctions in the county that just have a stop sign and no flashing lights or crossing arms, including the one where the accident occurred.

Untitled-design-80-200x300Owen intends to ask the board’s legal division to investigate what might be done to make those crossings safer during the next commission meeting. The board must first determine what they can do legally because the crossroads where the deadly collision happened on September 23 is located on a private road, according to Owen.

A sudden loss of family members can be devastating, making the task of seeking out a competent wrongful death lawyer much more challenging. You need an experienced wrongful death attorney who is also compassionate and not afraid to obtain the results you need and deserve.

Our Florida Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to get you the economic and non-economic damages you are entitled to, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Wage loss – both now and in the future
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of consortium – love, companionship, mentoring, etc.
  • Financial support

A knowledgeable Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer will know how to properly investigate the accident and gather the testimony and evidence required to establish the cause of death and pinpoint who is responsible. It can be difficult to think about these things when you are mourning the loss of a loved one, but it is essential to take immediate action. Our Florida Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are sensitive, knowledgeable, and experienced in dealing with the legalities of defending your rights amid such a trying time.

There is no cost to you to hire one of our wrongful death attorneys because we work on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid unless we have helped you win a settlement or verdict. Continue reading

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a serious crash in Pasco County Wednesday morning.

In a traffic alert posted at 7 a.m.,  Pasco County Fire Rescue said the accident occurred in the area of State Road 52 and Ehren Cutoff in Land o’Lakes.  Injuries were reported in the wreck but no further details were available on who had been hurt.

All lanes of State Road 52 were shut down between US-41 and Bellamy Brother’s Road.  Drivers were advised to expect significant traffic delays and to move over for first responders.

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Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that already in 2023 Florida has seen 3,863 motorcycle crashes resulting in 219 deaths and 3,341 injuries.

In 2022, Florida saw 9,153 total motorcycle crashes resulting in 590 fatalities and 7,863 injuries.

These staggering statistics tell us that is important to protect yourself in the event of an unfortunate motorcycle accident. Accidents of any kind frequently occur when you least expect them, including motorcycle crashes. You could be driving to work or you might just be running out to get gas or grab a quick dinner for the family. According to the NHTSA, more than 52% of all motor vehicle accidents happen within five miles of where they live, and 69% happen within ten miles. It is best to always drive defensively and anticipate the unexpected.

Your heart will be racing and you might be in shock immediately following an accident. While it is important to know what to do after a motorcycle crash, it is equally important to know what not to do to keep yourself safe.

Below are 3 Things to NOT Do Following a Motorcycle Crash:

  1. Do not worry about calling lawyers, worry about yourself. Our team of attorneys at Whittel & Melton hope you are riding with someone because when your bike goes down after a crash, you are probably very hurt and unable to make important decisions. This is why you need to prioritize your health and safety and get the medical care you need right away.
  2. Do not call insurance companies at the exact moment of your accident. When you are down on the ground injured, this is not the time to call an insurance company. This the time to call police to respond to the event or an ambulance to get you to the hospital.
  3. Do not speak to an insurance company about your accident right away. Whether it is your insurance company or the other driver’s, just know that you do not have to answer any of their questions until you speak to your lawyer.

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The juncture of Northwest 39th Avenue and 13th Street in Gainesville may appear to be your typical residential intersection, but during rush hour, this crossroad seems more like crash racing at a Demolition Derby show.

This busy intersection has been the site of 358 collisions from Jan. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2022. One of these crashes in June 2021 took the life of an 18-year-old Gainesville High School student.

There are 26,500 westbound vehicles and 20,400 eastbound vehicles that pass through the intersection of Northwest 39th Avenue every day of the year, which is more than any other road in the northern Gainesville region, according to Florida Traffic Online.

Untitled-design-30-200x300However, there are proposals to make the intersection safer from the Florida Department of Transportation. The proposed improvement, if given the go-ahead by the FDOT later this summer, would cost close to $300,000 and would not be finished until 2025.

The Northwest 39th Avenue left turn lanes would be extended to 13th Street and a new median would be built along those lanes in both the east and westbound directions. The medians would be 350 feet long in total. The only thing separating the lanes from the opposing-direction traffic now is a thin, flat median.

While this intersection is considered one of the most dangerous in Alachua County, it is surpassed by Northwest 39th Avenue and 34th Street, which saw 51 sideswipes, 147 rear end collisions, and 17 pedestrian and bicyclist accidents from Jan. 1, 2014-May 31, 2022, according to FDOT.  More than 100 people were injured in car crashes surrounding the center of the intersection, which is the size of a neighborhood swimming pool.

In the first 20 days of 2023, the intersection saw six accidents.

In May 2022, Metric Engineering Inc., an engineering consulting company, conducted a safety analysis for the intersection in order to obtain crash data for the previous eight years and make field observations of the crossing.

According to the analysis’s data, left turns were to blame for 19% of the intersection’s 358 collisions that have been reported since 2014.

The safety analysis proposes the installation of traffic separators to block vehicles from executing left turns across Northwest 39th Avenue.

The safety analysis estimates that the planned improvements will cost $289,000 in total.

If allowed, temporary barriers would be installed on Northwest 39th Avenue in the fall of 2023.

Permanent concrete would be poured for traffic dividers in the fall of 2024, with construction wrapping up in the spring of 2025. Continue reading

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PORT RICHEY, FL – A collision in Pasco County Monday morning killed a man riding a motorcycle, Pasco News Online reports.

The accident took place on Ridge Road near Stirling Road in Port Richey.  The Florida Highway Patrol said a 21-year-old Port Richey woman was driving westbound in the outside lanes when she changed lanes.  Her vehicle crashed into a motorcycle and the rider was thrown from the bike.  The car rotated and rolled over.

The motorcyclist, a 20-year-old Port Richey man, was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.


From 2017-2019, there were 8,792 fatal crashes in the state of Florida. MoneyGeek analyzed these collisions in order to identify the deadliest roads that make up the 275,376 miles of road in the Sunshine State.

County Results:

Most Deadly Road in Hillsborough County – US-41

Most Deadly Road in Pinellas County – US 19

Most Deadly Road in Pasco County – US 19

Most Deadly Road in Hernando County – US 19

Most Deadly Road in Citrus County – US 19

Most Deadly Road in Alachua County – I-75

Most Deadly Road Levy County – US-27

Most Deadly Road Marion County – SR-40

Most Deadly Road Lake County – US-441

Most Deadly Road Sumter County – US-301

Most Deadly Road Palm Beach County – I-95

Most Deadly Road in Miami-Dade County – US-1

Untitled-design-13-200x300Here are the 10 Deadliest Roads in Florida to Date:

  1. US-19: Denton Ave. to San Marco Dr. located in Pasco County

Total Distance: 4.9 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 5.1

Fatalities: 25

Fatal Crashes: 25

  1. US-41: 23rd to Pearl Ave. located in Bradenton

Total Distance: 4.7 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 4.7

Fatalities: 23

Fatal Crashes: 22

  1. US-41: N. Macdill Ave. to N. 40th Street located in Tampa

Total Distance: 4.8 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 4.4

Fatalities: 21

Fatal Crashes: 21

  1. US-19: 54th N. to Queensboro Ave. S. located in St. Petersburg

Total Distance: 4.7 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 4.3

Fatalities: 20

Fatal Crashes: 20

  1. SR-816: NW 35th to NE 8th Ave. located in Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, and Lauderdale Lakes

Total Distance: 3.7 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 4.9

Fatalities: 19

Fatal Crashes: 18

  1. SR-580: Webb Road to W. Waters Ave. located in Tampa

Total Distance: 4.8 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 3.7

Fatalities: 18

Fatal Crashes: 18

  1. US-19: Lake Tarpon Dr. to Royal Blvd. located in Pinellas County

Total Distance: 4.4 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 3.8

Fatalities: 21

Fatal Crashes: 17

  1. US-19: Royal Blvd. to Lake Tarpon Dr. located in Pinellas County

Total Distance: 4.4 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 3.8

Fatalities: 21

Fatal Crashes: 17

  1. US-19: Embassy Blvd. to Marine Parkway located in New Port Richey and Port Richey

Total Distance: 4.4 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 3.9

Fatalities: 19

Fatal Crashes: 17

  1. SR-50 East Colonial Drive: Old Cheney Highway to Lake Downy Dr located in Orlando

Total Distance: 4.8 miles

Crashes Per Mile: 3.3

Fatalities: 16

Fatal Crashes: 16

Other Key Findings:

  • Drunk Driving caused more fatalities (1,888) than speeding (829) and distracted driving (662) combined
  • March saw the most fatal accidents – 846 within 2017-2019
  • Miami-Dade County had the most fatal accidents (US-1 is the city’s deadliest road)

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