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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 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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According to new data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities increased by 7.2 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Sadly, 35,200 people died last year in motor vehicle related deaths.

The federal agency breaks the country up into 10 different regions for the purposes of analyzing data. Reports from 2015 show that Florida had a total of 2,494 traffic deaths in 2015 .

Every type of motor vehicle accident fatality saw a surge, including:

  • Truck accident fatalities – 4% increase
  • Rollover accident fatalities – 5% increase
  • Driver accident fatalities – 6% increase
  • Passenger accident fatalities – 7% increase
  • Motorcycle accident fatalities – 9% increase
  • Fatal crashes involving young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age – 10% increase
  • Pedestrian accident fatalities – 10% increase
  • Bicycle accident fatalities – 13% increase

The NHTSA believes the main cause this rise in accidents is due to human error or choice, a factor found in a staggering 94 percent of the crashes.

The agency is taken a serious stance on finding new ways to help combat against distracted driving, drowsy driving, drunk and drugged driving, failure to use seat belts, speeding, and safety protections for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Labor Day weekend is next week! This is the official mark that the end of summer is near. Most Americans have a three-day weekend to celebrate how hard they work the rest of the year, which is a great break from the usual 5 day work week. With more time off, comes more vacations. Many people plan short trips, outings, and/or parties to ring in the holiday with their families and friends. As we know, with food, fun, friends and family comes the risk of accidents and injuries over the upcoming LDW.

Drunk drivers increase over holiday weekends, so it is important to be aware of this so that you can work to prevent injuries whenever possible. If you are injured or someone you love is killed by a drunk driver, you should discuss your legal options with our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible following the accident.

Holidays are known for an increase in drunk drivers on the roadways and the accidents that result from intoxicated drivers can deliver catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Holiday gatherings usually involve alcohol and, during long holiday weekends like Labor Day, many people day drink and continue the party into the evening hours. No matter what you are doing, you should never get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink. Sadly, not every driver makes the responsible decision, which is why drunk driving accidents and injuries happen.

The increased risks for drunk driving are recognized by government agencies and law enforcement, which is why they will ramp up their efforts to deter and catch drunk drivers this LDW. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’ campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is in full effect through September 5th this year, spreading safety awareness and increasing law enforcement presence to try to prevent drunk drivers. These efforts cannot prevent all drunk driving, so please be aware of this as you are out and about during LDW.

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Memorial Day weekend is here and this marks the unofficial start of  summer! The three-day weekend is generally filled with family activities, parties with friends and, of course, road trips! Lots of these events involve alcohol, and with a high number of drivers on the roadway this weekend, getting behind the wheel after drinking can have devastating consequences.

The risk of being involved in a car accident increases significantly around holidays. The National Safety Council reports that there has been an 11.5 percent average increase in fatal traffic accidents during the Memorial Day weekend over the past six years, compared to other summer weekends. According to the NSC, there could be more than 400 car accident fatalities and another 43,500 injuries that require medical attention this weekend. In 2010, there were 397 deaths over Memorial Day weekend and 40 percent were alcohol-related.

If you keep a few simple safety tips in mind, you can avoid injuries, and keep you and your family safe this Memorial Day weekend:

  • Refrain from using your cell phone to talk or text while driving.
  • Always buckle up, regardless of how far or short your trip is! Make sure all backseat passengers are buckled up, too.
  • Obey posted speed limits, and don’t rush to get to your destination.
  • Do not drive while distracted or drowsy. Drowsy driving can actually be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
  • If you plan on drinking, have a plan on how to get home safe. Remember, even a small amount of alcohol can impair your judgment and affect your reaction time.

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A Homosassa man died Monday morning after he lost control of his motorcycle in Floral City, according to reports.

The crash happened at 9:05 a.m. on East StageCoach Trail at the intersection of South Zanmar Drive.

Troopers believe the 65-year-old was riding a 2006 Honda motorcycle east on Stage Coach Trail when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

The bike exited the road and traveled onto the shoulder, then overturned, ejecting the man.

He was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died from his injuries.

Balance is critical when it comes to operating a motorcycle. Most bikes have both front and rear brake controls, however, motorcycles can corner quickly, which is why you should avoid using brakes during a turn. Braking and turning can result in you losing control of your motorcycle, so it is best to brake and slow down before executing a turn. Once you are actually turning, you should accelerate through it.

If you are injured after losing control of your bike, or for any other reason, you should speak with a Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. We can try our best to help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries. If you have lost a family member in an unexpected collision, we can investigate the facts to see whether you can file a wrongful death claim for damages. We can determine what caused the accident and link any responsible parties to your potential lawsuit.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a press release recently regarding their planned upgrades to the current five-star safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that they will be introducing a new crash test, new human-like crash dummies and advanced crash avoidance technology ratings. These new changes will not only give consumers more information to help them choose a safe vehicle, but should encourage vehicle manufacturers to use the latest in crash protection technology and innovations.

Listed below are the planned changes to the five-star safety ratings:

  • The rating system will encompass assessment of crash-avoidance and advanced technologies as well as pedestrian protection
  • New tests to assess how well vehicles protect pedestrians from head, leg and pelvic injuries
  • New frontal oblique crash test that measures how well vehicles protect occupants in an angled frontal crash
  • Improved full frontal barrier crash test to drive safety improvements for rear-seat occupants
  • New human-like crash dummies with improved data collection and analysis
  • An assessment of additional crash avoidance and advanced technologies
  • Use of half-star increments to provide more specific information for consumers about safety performance
  • The ability to dynamically update the program more swiftly as new technologies emerge

The NHTSA’s five-star safety rating has been informing consumers about the safety of their vehicle choices since 1978. This system is now getting updated and should continue to be updated as new technologies arise regarding passenger occupant safety. Consumers can expect to see these changes take place for model year 2019 vehicles.

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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released the results of a study regarding the use of hands-free devices. While highly believed to be a safe alternative to texting, this study proves otherwise.

According to the study, it can take 27 seconds for a driver to regain full alertness after making a voice-activated command while driving. This includes all voice-activated commands, from placing a phone call to changing the radio station. These 27 seconds of distraction may occur even if the driver’s hands do not ever leave the steering wheel and their eyes never leave the road. Hands-free is not brain free – the mental distraction is severe enough to be dangerous and to increase the likelihood of becoming involved in an auto accident.

If you have already been involved in a crash, then you should talk to a Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton about the possibility that the other driver may have been driving distracted at the time of the accident. Cell phone records and other data can easily be obtained after an accident to help prove that the other driver was distracted at the time of the wreck, which could be a crucial piece of evidence in regards to your claim.

Even if you have not been involved in a collision, it is important to try to prevent a crash from occurring. The safest thing to do is not use a cell phone while driving.Twenty-seven seconds is a very long time to have your mind off driving safely.

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According to the American Automobile Association, the roads will be very crowded this Thanksgiving holiday weekend – November 23 through November 27. Last year, 40.9 million Americans traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. AAA estimates this year’s Thanksgiving weekend travelers to total 42.5 million.

Thanksgiving is a highly anticipated holiday, not just because of the typical feasting that comes with it, but because of the celebrating with family and friends. When traveling to your final destination, it is important to drive safely. It is only natural to become impatient on your way to a Thanksgiving celebration, especially if you are hungry, but it is important to keep your focus on the road and driving. Following the tips below will help ensure that you arrive in time for turkey this Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Always buckle up! Seat belts can protect you from serious injury and even save your life in the event of an accident.
  • Avoid distractions! Turn your cell phone off or give it to another passenger to hold so that you are not tempted to use it.
  • Drive sober! We understand that this is a time to celebrate, but please do so responsibly. Refrain from drinking and driving at all times.

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Road construction is now underway in downtown Inverness, which can lead to some serious construction accidents.

The plan is to resurface State Road 44 between Highland Boulevard and Cherry Avenue, but drainage improvements must be made before any actual work can be done.

According to state transportation officials, all the work should wrap up by the summer of 2016 and that the resurfacing work will be done at night.

With construction starting up, it is important to touch on construction accidents and defects, like what you should do if you fall into an open pit or trench. A construction site accident can be extremely serious, and may cause permanent disability, loss of a limb, head injury, fractured or broken bones, amputation, scarring, and in the worst cases, wrongful death. These accidents usually result in hefty medical bills, and there may even be a long period of disability and lost wages, which can have a devastating impact on your finances. While worker’s compensation may pay for some of the medical bills and lost earnings, worker’s compensation will not fairly compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and disability stemming from a serious construction accident.

Common Types of Construction Site Accidents:

  • Highway construction accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Roadway safety defects
  • Crane accidents
  • Anchor bolt failures
  • Scaffold accidents
  • Falls into unprotected holes
  • Safety code violations
  • Explosions
  • Improper site design or inspection
  • OSHA violations
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Open pits or trenches
  • Burns
  • Heavy equipment failures
  • Unprotected holes
  • Pedestrian construction accidents

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