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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer for many Americans. Beer will be flowing, and barbecue grills will be lit. While most Memorial Day celebrations are enjoyable and safe events, accidents do occasionally occur and people get hurt. If you are hosting or attending a Memorial Day party, our Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have some helpful advice for you.

Memorial Day Safety Tips for the Party Hosts

Adult supervision: During your barbeque, appoint a rotating team of one to three adults to keep an eye on kids playing, especially close to the grill or fire pit. Stop any dangerous activities before they start, like jumping off patio furniture and marshmallow roasting stick sword fights.

Grills: To minimize burn injuries, place grills about 10 feet away from people.  Furthermore, one of the primary causes of barbeque fires is leaning your bag of charcoal against the grill; refrain from doing this. After you have finished grilling, let the coals cool for a while before pouring water on them. You can view more tips on grilling here: Grill Tips

Standing water: Backyards may have standing water areas. Standing water is a mosquito breeding ground and a slip and fall hazard. Of course, empty any containers that have water, including the tarp that covers any backyard boats that may have collected rainwater. Place temporary ground covers or just rope off portions of your yard that have standing water.

Pets: While your precious pup may not hurt a fly, sometimes large crowds can cause them to exhibit erratic behaviors. Secure pets in areas where kids and even adults will not be in danger.

Swing sets and other outdoor play equipment: Swing sets should be anchored and level. You will want to inspect tree houses and other play structures for any cracks, holes, or exposed hardware that could cause injury. If you have a trampoline, make sure it is anchored securely before you allow any jumpers inside. An adult should always supervise jumpers.

Swimming pools: Make sure you have adults always supervising tiny swimmers. Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4, so keep this in mind. Make sure you have fences, alarms, and covers for your pool and keep all chemicals locked away. Flotation devices do not prevent drowning, so you still need to supervise children who are wearing floaties. Do not run around the pool. Tell kids to refrain from pushing or dunking people in the pool, as well as playing any hold your beath underwater games. If there is bad weather, like lightning, then get out of the pool immediately.

Untitled-design-33-200x300Memorial Day Safety Tips for the Party Guests

You should take precautions to avoid getting hurt when you are celebrating Memorial Day on someone else’s property. Here are some common reasons slip and fall and trip and fall accidents occur:

  • Wet or slick floors
  • Unsecured carpets or rugs
  • Cracked or broken sidewalks
  • Cracked or broken stairs
  • Extension cords that are loose

If you or a loved one is harmed in an accident this Memorial Day weekend, then you need to get medical care as soon as possible. Once your injuries have been handled by a medical professional, then you should contact our Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. We can help you pursue financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other damages.

Sometimes an unsafe accident scene does not necessarily indicate that the property owner was careless. As the injured party, you must establish that the property owner was aware of the harmful condition yet did nothing to address it. Our attorneys have a wealth of knowledge demonstrating that property owners failed to take reasonable safeguards and endangered visitors.

You can contact us online 24/7 or you can call us any time of the day or night at 866-608-5529. Your consultation with us is always free. Continue reading


BROOKSVILLE, FL – A car accident in Hernando County Monday morning claimed the life of a teenage driver, state troopers said.

According to a report by WTVT, the wreck occurred on Wiscon Road near State Road 50 in Brooksville.

The Florida Highway Patrol said an 18-year-old man was driving a Nissan Sentra east on Wiscon Road when he lost control of the car.  The Nissan rotated off the highway, collided with a stop sign and then a utility pole before coming to rest.


GAINESVILLE, FL – Police in Gainesville said a vehicle and a motorcycle were involved in a fatal collision last week.

The Gainesville Sun reports the incident happened in the area of Southwest 13th Street and Southwest 14th Street Tuesday night at about 11:30 p.m.

An investigation by the Gainesville Police Department found that a vehicle was heading north on Southwest 13th Street and attempted a left hand turn.  The vehicle entered the path of a southbound motorcycle, which hit the back of the vehicle.  The motorcyclist was ejected and the bike caught fire.


OCALA, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said one driver was killed and another injured when their vehicles collided in Ocala.

A report by the Ocala StarBanner stated that the accident occurred May 11 at State Road 200 and Southwest 110th Street near the entrance to the Oak Run subdivision.

According to the FHP, the driver of a Nissan Altima was headed east on SR-200 and went through a red light at the intersection shortly after 10 p.m.  The Nissan T-boned a Honda Insight that was coming out of the subdivision and had the green light.

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – A pedestrian accident in Pasco County early Friday morning claimed the life of a teenager, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to a report by WFLA, a 19-year-old male was walking in the travel lanes of State Road 54 when the incident took place at about 4:20 a.m.

The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle just west of Rowan Road.  The victim, a New Port Richey resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.


PASCO COUNTY, FL –  A motorcycle and a sedan were involved in a deadly collision on Saturday afternoon in Pasco County, reports WFLA.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a man was riding a motorcycle south on US-19 in Hudson at about 3 p.m. when he crossed over the center median and collided head-on with a sedan.

The motorcycle rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was a 59-year-old Seminole man whose name was not released.  The driver of the sedan, a 22-year-old Spring Hill woman, was not injured.  The FHP is investigating the crash, which shut down US-19 northbound.


MARION COUNTY, FL –  A bicycle rider died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Marion County early Friday morning, reports WESH.

The accident happened on US-441 south near Dell Webb Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m.  An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol found that a man was riding a bicycle on the outside shoulder of the highway when he was hit by a vehicle.  The victim, a 44-year-old man from Umatilla, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The bicycle did not have any lights on it at the time, according to the FHP.

The driver and the vehicle involved are now being sought by state troopers, who described the vehicle as a silver or gray Chevy Tahoe, GMC Suburban, Chevy pickup or GMC pickup from 1994-1998.


PASCO COUNTY, FL – A collision involving a bus and a car on Interstate 75 in Pasco County left two people injured, reports WTSP.

The crash happened near State Road 56 early Friday morning at about 12:10 a.m.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a Pontiac lost control of the car while headed south on I-75.

The Pontiac struck a guardrail, was redirected back into a traffic, and collided with a Greyhound bus traveling south on I-75.  As a result of the impact, the bus went over the median, overturned and ended up in the northbound lanes of I-75.


GAINESVILLE, FL – Gainesville Fire Rescue said its crews responded to a significant vehicle crash last Monday night.

According to GFR’s Facebook page, the accident happened in the area of Southwest 34th Street and Williston Road at about 8 p.m.  Photos from the scene showed a heavily damaged vehicle.

When firefighters arrived, they used the jaws of life and other rescue tools to extricate one person from the car within about 20 minutes.


According to officials, a construction worker died after falling several levels from a parking garage in Miami.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at the Bal Harbour Shops, which are located close to Collins Avenue and 96th Street.

According to a witness, the worker died after falling several levels from a parking garage.

A statement was made by Bal Harbour Shops expressing their condolences for the death of the man who was harmed in a workplace accident at their construction site. News articles claim they are fully cooperating with authorities to help identify why the accident happened.

Untitled-design-31-200x300Accidents at construction sites can easily result in severe injuries and fatalities. The most common cause of injury and fatality among construction workers is falls from scaffolding, ladders, and roofs. In fact, 65% of construction accidents happen while workers are on improperly designed or otherwise dangerous scaffolds, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Other construction-related incidents occur when workers are struck by falling objects, get entangled between objects, suffer electrocutions, or slip and fall or trip and fall. Our Miami Construction Accident Death Lawyers Whittel & Melton can help you recover the full and fair compensation you are due after suffering a workplace injury in Bal Harbour, Coral Gables, North Miami Beach, and elsewhere in Miami-Dade County. We can also hold any negligent parties accountable for the wrongful death of a loved one who was killed in a construction mishap in Miami.

When Should I Hire a Miami Construction Accidental Death Lawyer?

It can be difficult to identify the at-fault party for a construction site accidental death. Contractors and subcontractors often work together on a construction site, so both parties could share blame. An investigation must be launched right away to determine who was overseeing job duties and from there assess who is liable for your loved one’s specific accident.

The owner of the construction site could be found liable for the harm your loved one incurred on a construction site if they have any influence on how work duties were carried out, as well as if they were your loved one’s direct supervisor. If a general contractor maintains sufficient control over the safety of the construction project, designating a qualified supervisor, assigning a person in charge of preventing accidents, coordinating the work, and overseeing the methods and procedures used on the job site, they may be directly liable for any errors or mishaps on the part of subcontractors or other employees that lead to an accidental death. Continue reading

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