Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties Whittel & Melton, LLC

Accidents caused by other people's negligence are by their very nature, unplanned. It's for this reason that when an accident happens, victims may find themselves bridled with injury, pain and financial losses, not knowing which way to turn.

Being involved in an accident can be one of the most unsettling and devastating times in a person's life. During this time, having a seasoned attorney on your side, looking out for your best interest, can be the difference between becoming whole or struggling with pain and financial loss for years to come. If you are a victim of an accident, who you select as your attorney is the most important decision you need to make.

We are here to help.

The Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton guarantee that our clients receive the personalized attention they deserve. Our first priority is doing everything in our power to fight for full and fair compensation for your injury and loss.

Our Pinellas and Hillsborough County personal injury practice involves every type of injury case-- from serious car or motorcycle accidents to slip and falls to premises liability. The first step we take with our prospective clients is to schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts of the case. Our St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyers then will offer advice about options to seek financial recovery following a serious accident, catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. We represent clients on injury claims arising from of a wide range of incidents and accidents. Click any area to the left to learn more about the scope of our practice.

If you have been in an accident, we don't think that you should have to suffer unnecessarily just because you were involved in an accident and are awaiting resolution to your case. While we cannot take the pain away, many times, we are able to refer you to Doctors who will treat and manage your pain, even if you don't have health insurance.

We Stand with You.

Most importantly, at Whittel & Melton, you can be confident that we will stand behind you and your case. Once we commit to representing you, we will never put you or your claim on the back burner, and we are available by phone 24 hours a day.

We promise to aggressively pursue the parties and insurance companies involved in your case to obtain justice for you and your loved ones. Through financial settlement or trial, we will prepare your case to achieve maximum compensation. You will never be responsible for any attorney's fees unless and until there is a successful financial recovery for your damages. Simply put, we will not be satisfied until you are.

We are proud to help accident victims throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties – including Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

Please call us at anytime. We are available 24 hours a day. (813) 221-3200, (727) 823-0000, (866) 608-5529.


ENGLEWOOD, FL – A 22-year-old man lost his life after striking a tree with his car because he failed to negotiate a curve on Manasota Key Road South Thursday. 

NBC-2 said this collision happened after 10 p.m. After the man hit the tree, his vehicle overturned and then caught on fire. In addition, the trailer had unattached itself from his automobile. 

Florida Highway Patrol, who responded to the collision site, pronounced the man dead at the scene. Troopers began an investigation and have not released additional information at this time. 


CLEARWATER, FL – An 80-year-old man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died on Wednesday after getting struck by a driver who fled the scene Monday. 

This collision happened around 2:45 p.m. on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. ABC Action News said the pickup truck driver, 36-year-old Kris Paterson, was rushing to work when he ran over the scooter rider, later identified as Ernest Coluzzi. 

Clearwater Police, who are in charge of this investigation, said that Paterson had allegedly driven less than half a mile when he stopped to remove the mobility scooter attached to either the front or back bumper of his truck. They arrested him and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. 


Dale Mabry and Lambright Street, immediately north of Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, are consistently congested in the afternoon, frustrating drivers looking to get home from work.

Drivers who frequent the area say it can take 3-4 traffic lights to get through, which leads to more backed up traffic.

Population growth in the area has led to traffic backups starting before 4 p.m. and continuing past 6 p.m.

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TAMPA, FL – A woman crossing the South Carter Street and West Julia Street intersection lost her life after she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday. 

This collision happened before 12:30 p.m., according to Fox 13 News

Tampa Police confirmed the pedestrian, whose name has not been released, succumbed to fatal wounds at the scene. They immediately closed West Julia Street, starting at South MacDill Avenue and ending at Bayshore Boulevard. 


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – At least one person was left injured in a collision on northbound I-275 at mile marker 23 along Booker Creek Park Tuesday. 

Florida Highway Patrol was summoned to the crash at 6:03 p.m. and arrived at the scene at 6:55 p.m. Troopers have not blocked any lanes, mentioned the exact cause of this collision, or said if the wounded occupant was hospitalized. 

More details will be posted should they come to light. 


CITRUS PARK, FL – A motorcyclist’s life was claimed after his bike collided with a vehicle along The Shoppes of Citrus Park on Friday, WTSP said. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department said this collision happened after 5 p.m. After arriving, they closed the vicinity of Ehrlich Road and Sheldon Road to accommodate the scene clearance process. 

Deputies started an investigation and have not released other details, including the victim’s name. 


RIVERVIEW, FL – At least one person was injured in a crash at U.S. 301 and Fairway Meadow Drive Friday afternoon. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said they were summoned to the scene after 2:30 p.m. They have not arrived at the crash site and have not been able to confirm the exact cause of this collision. In addition, they have not listed the people and vehicles involved, nor have they asked if anyone needed to go to a hospital. 

New details will be provided should they become available. 


PINELLAS PARK, FL – A man walking in the area of 66th Street North and 96th Avenue North was hit by a driver who left the scene, leaving him in critical condition Thursday. 

WFLA said this collision happened around 4 a.m. The man, who was not named, was also listed in stable condition, police said. 

Police have not provided an update with regard to the events leading to this crash or provided a description of the suspect or their vehicle.


TAMPA, FL – At least one person was injured in a crash that happened after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday along University of South Florida. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office indicated this collision took place at Bruce B Downs Boulevard and East Fowler Avenue and said they arrived at the scene at approximately  5:42 p.m. 

Deputies have not disclosed the exact cause of this crash, specified the kind of people and vehicles involved, listed any lane closures, or specified the severity of injuries suffered. 

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SARASOTA, FL – A man attempted to cross Clark Road and, during his walk, was hit by two vehicles, leading him to succumb to fatal injuries Saturday. 

ABC Action News said this crash happened near when a sedan driver first hit him and then an SUV driver. The pedestrian, who was only identified as a 40-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the sedan driver, a 24-year-old man from Sarasota, sustained minor injuries. 

The other driver, a 34-year-old man, also from Sarasota, and his passenger, a nine-year-old child, were both unharmed. 

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