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Two people suffered critical injuries earlier this month in a head-on crash on a Citrus County roadway.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened on US Highway 41 at East Live Oak Lane in Inverness.

A baby in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The crash occurred just after 8 p.m. when a 19-year-old man attempted to pass traffic on US 41 on the inside lane while approaching the intersection.

His 2006 Ford F350 truck smashed into the front of 1998 Chevy Silverado truck that was in the intersection making a left turn.

The 19-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were taken to Ocala Regional Hospital with critical injuries.

The 57-year-old driver of the Chevy Silverado was not hurt.

Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death on Florida roads, highways and interstates. Collisions can occur in all types of ways, including rear end collisions, side impact wrecks and head-on collisions. The most dangerous type of crash is a head-on collision, which occurs when two cars smash into each other head first. The speed of the vehicles in these types of accidents usually determine the severity of the injuries suffered. If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a head-on collision in Citrus County, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you figure out how to file a claim for compensation.

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Florida ranks second only to Louisiana for distracted driving, according to a study.

 

Drivers were scored on data gathered through the EverDrive motion-sensing app. It measured speeding, sudden acceleration, aggressive turning, hard braking and other movement while the driver’s phone was being used.

 

The findings suggest 92 percent of drivers nationwide with cell phones have used them while in a moving car in the past 30 days, according to EverQuote Inc., an online insurance firm.


Florida drivers received the second-worst score for driving while distracted, according to the study’s points system.

The EverDrive app logged 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles driven, the company said.

Florida is one of only five states where police cannot pull over a driver specifically for texting while driving.

Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska and South Dakota are the other states with laws that require police to stop drivers for other offenses before adding distracted driving to the citation.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Florida.

According to the state department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida, in 2016, which is more than five crashes every hour.

These distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,500 serious injuries and 233 deaths.

Distracted driving seems to be a worsening problem in Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Distracted driving is dangerous and places everyone sharing the roadway at an increased risk of being involved in an unnecessary auto accident. Sadly, many distracted driving accidents result in catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.

 

If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed in an auto accident due to a distracted driver, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you file a claim to recover compensation. Distracted drivers must be held accountable for their reckless actions, so let us help you do just that.

 

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so it seems fitting that a new study has some troubling findings.

Despite mass attempts to preventing using cell phones while driving, the study—by driver analytics company, Zendrive—revealed that drivers in America use their mobile devices during 88 out of 100 car trips.

In what Zendrive calls the largest behavior study on distracted driving, the company analyzed three million anonymous drivers for three months, reviewing 570 million car trips taken between Dec. 2016 and Feb. 2017, covering 5.6 billion miles.

The found drivers used their phones during 88 percent of the 570 million trips, but also, during hour-long drives, drivers spent an average of 3.5 minutes using their phones.

Past studies from researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have shown that dialing a phone could increase a drivers’ chance of crashing by 12 times. Simply reaching for your mobile device raises the risk of crashing by almost five times.

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A fatal accident temporarily shut down the intersection of Country Club Boulevard and US 41 early Friday morning.

The accident occurred around 6 a.m.

Troopers believe a Honda Accord was stopped at a stop sign on Country Club Blvd. and pulled out into the path of a Chevy pickup truck that was traveling southbound on US 41.

The driver of the Honda, a 63-year-old woman, was killed in the collision. Her passenger, a 64-year-old woman, received serious injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old man, also received serious injuries.

A car crash can have a serious effect on all aspects of your life. Many times these accidents cause victims to suffer significant injuries that leave them unable to work. If you were seriously harmed, you could require extensive surgeries or other costly treatments for your injuries. While the medical bills pile up, your other bills could be falling behind because you can’t earn the money that you could before the accident. Our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand the stress and frustrations that build up following a car crash.  

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A Dunnellon man was killed and a Gulfport couple suffered critical injuries Sunday night in a Citrus County crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 45-year-old man was killed in the 3-vehicle crash that happened just after 8 p.m. on U.S. Highway 19 at West Arber Court in Homosassa.

Troopers believe the man’s 2004 Nissan Xterra was bumped by a 2000 Jeep Cherokee when the driver attempted a lane change.

The collision sent the Nissan to the right, forcing the man to over-correct. His vehicle began to rotate while going back across all of the northbound lanes and into southbound traffic.  

The Xterra crashed into a 2012 Nissan Altima. The Xterra overturned and the man was ejected. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan Altima and her passenger suffered critical injuries and were rushed to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

The 29-year-old driver of the Jeep and his 28-year-old passenger were not injured in the crash.

The crash is still currently under investigation.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a Citrus County multiple vehicle collision, it is best to retain legal help right away. You want to make sure that the responsible party is held accountable and that you or your family receive fair compensation. Our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can handle negotiations with the insurance companies and even file a lawsuit if necessary. Our goal is to make sure that all auto accident victims recover a financial payout to cover medical bills, lost wages and other types of damages.

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Thanksgiving is a very happy holiday for most, but on the flip side – it is also one of the deadliest. Across the United States, the fatal traffic accident death rate increases each year over the four-day holiday weekend.

According to the NHTSA, almost half of the traffic fatalities that happen on Thanksgiving involve alcohol. In 2012, there were reportedly 764 fatalities. Around 40 percent of passengers killed during the Thanksgiving holiday were involved in collisions with drunk drivers. Another 60 percent of passengers were not wearing their seat belts. There were another 50,000 non-fatal car crashes over the holiday as well.

AAA has estimated that 46.9 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles from their home for this 2016 holiday – Wednesday 23-Sunday 29. This is a 0.6 percent increase of travelers compared to last year.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is viewed as the worst day to travel. Wherever you are are heading to this Thanksgiving, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton recommend leaving early in the morning to avoid any high traffic areas. We urge you to drive safe, and plan ahead for your Thanksgiving travels.

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A water main break has lead to a portion of Truman Blvd in Beverly Hills to be closed until further notice.

Yesterday, Nov. 14, a water main break caused a huge hole in front of 11 Truman Blvd. A vehicle that had been stuck in the hole has since been removed.

Crews are stilling working to repair the hole and a detour has been put in place. Truman is shut down from S. Washington St. to S. Barbour St.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid this area.

Holes in the roadway can cause a variety of different damages to a vehicle, not to mention cause accidents that result in serious injuries. Typical damages to a vehicle include:

  • Tire blow outs
  • Under carriage damage
  • Fender damage
  • Cracked rim
  • Total loss of vehicle
  • Airbag deployment

Roads are supposed to be properly maintained so they are suitable for driving and free from defects, sinkholes, potholes, etc. Additionally, drivers should be warned when such dangers exist in order to minimize their exposure. Multiple parties can be at fault for any damage related to a hole in the road, and our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help with your claim. We can make sure you recover financial compensation for your damages.

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November 8, 2016 is an important day for every U.S. citizen, but who you vote for today is not your only concern – the roads can get crazy today! The possibility of distracted motorists and speeding drivers today is higher than usual, so exercise caution today.

Dating back to 1976, on average 24 more people die in car crashes and 800 others suffer serious injuries during presidential election voting hours than on any other Tuesday in October or November, according to a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers attribute the following for the increase in roadway dangers:

  • More people are in a hurry to get to and from their polling venue. They may stop early in the morning before work, on their lunch break, or rush to get there after work before the polls close.
  • Voters could be taking unfamiliar routes to get to their polling places.
  • Emotions run high today as many people are worried about the future of the U.S. Drivers are focused more on the polls, which includes checking social media and listening to the latest elections news, when they should be focusing on driving.

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A 42-year-old Lecanto woman was killed Monday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Inverness.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was killed after the motorcycle she was riding on was struck by a vehicle on State Road 44 near south Tighe Drive.

The crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. when the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck attempted to make a U-turn on State Road 44. As the truck completed the U-turn, the motorcycle collided with the passenger side door.

The 55-year-old motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital. The woman riding as a passenger later died at the hospital.

No one in the Ford suffered any harm.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Motorcycle accidents result in a much higher rate of severe injuries than wrecks that involve only passenger vehicles. On that same note, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than passenger-vehicle occupants, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

Despite the fact that motorcyclists face greater physical risks than other drivers, bikers have the same entitlements as other motorists, and this includes the right to pursue legal action if they are harmed in an accident that is the direct result of another person’s negligence.

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It is officially October and Halloween is just a few weeks away. While Halloween can be full of spooks and fun, the real nightmare of this holiday is the threat that it poses to trick-or-treaters. For those under the age of 18 years old, the risk of being fatally hit by a vehicle on Halloween, compared to any other day of the year, more than doubles.

The scary statistics for pedestrians on Halloween doesn’t end there. Studies show that the majority of the fatal traffic accidents involving pedestrians on Halloween occur between 6pm and 9pm. The hour between 6 and 7 is the deadliest. On that same note, less than 1 in 3 pedestrian accidents involving children on Halloween occur at intersections or crosswalks.

As you and your family get ready for Halloween fun this year, our Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to remind you of a few safety tips.

Halloween Safety for Children & Pedestrians

  • Make sure you and your trick-or-treaters always stay on the sidewalk or in designated pedestrian areas. If you must walk somewhere where there are no paths, make sure you walk facing oncoming traffic, as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Make sure your children know to be careful around parked cars and driveways, as vehicles could start moving at any time.
  • Before venturing out to trick-or-treat, make sure your crew understands how to safely cross the street – only cross at designated areas when you have the right-of-way and drivers see you.
  • Make sure an adult accompanies all children younger than 12 when trick-or-treating.
  • The fall means it gets dark earlier, so give children flashlights or glow sticks so they are visible, and they can see, as it gets dark. Another good idea is to apply reflective tape on their costumes and/or treat bags.

Halloween Safety for Drivers

  • Always keep a watch out  for children, especially when driving in residential areas and  around schools.
  • Try to remember to drive at least 5 mph slower in areas where there are children trick-or-treating and be prepared to step on the brakes at any time as kids can run into traffic at any time. Excitement levels are high on this night!
  • Don’t drive drunk or distracted. Stay alert!

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