Sobering news: NSC announces that automobile deaths in first half of 2016 increase 43% in state of Florida

car crash accident on street, damaged automobiles after collisio

In its semi-annual report released recently, the National Safety Council announced that distractions while driving combined with lower once again were the leading causes in another significant rise in fatal auto accidents throughout the United States in the first six months of 2016. In the report, the National Safety Council said that approximately 19,100 motor vehicle deaths occurred from January through June of this year – an increase of 9% from the same period in 2015. That also puts the U.S. on pace to have more than 40,000 automobile accident fatalities by the end of the year; the first time we have exceeded that number since 2007.

Even worse for us Floridians, that same report also stated that driving-related deaths in Florida were up a whopping 43% over last year. This jump comes on the back of significant increases in both 2015 and 2014. Florida was one of only three states to have more than 1,000 deaths in the first half of the year, and has the 5th largest increase of any state in the country. Only Vermont, Oregon New Hampshire and Idaho have seen a higher rate of increase in the death rate.

As quoted in an article in the Insurance Journal, “Our complacency is killing us,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). “One hundred deaths every day should outrage us. Americans should demand change to prioritize safety actions and protect ourselves from one of the leading causes of preventable death.”

To read the entire article go to: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/08/24/424297.htm

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.ASlinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we agree with the NSC President and CEO that as Floridians and Americans we need to figure out how to reverse this trend immediately. If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was distracted or otherwise impaired, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents and fatal accidents involving all types of vehicles unfortunately happen all the time. If you are in an accident and need any type of legal help then you should contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

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Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne safety tips: driving during school days in Florida

school bus unloading

The middle of August here in Florida means several things: the summer season weather-wise (hot and humid) is about half over, but more importantly, schools are back in full swing. Even if you do not have any children that are school-age, you know school is back in session with the significant pick up in traffic and congestion on the roadways as you try to make your way to and from work. That also means you must be significantly more careful where ever you are driving at this time of year.

Therefore, we will do a 2-part blog on driver safety during school days. This first part is a refresher of general driving safety tips for all drivers at this time of year to help keep kids, other drivers and yourself accident and injury-free during school days. In the second part we will share with you some safety tips for parents and others driving kids to and from school:

  • Plan to leave your home a few minutes earlier than you did during the summer to get to your destination.
    • Between school buses, kids walking and on bikes, and parents trying to drop off or pick up their kids, traffic congestion is significantly more than it was just two weeks ago. Adjust for that so you keep yourself from getting frustrated, angry and impatient behind the wheel.
  • Slow down and pay attention to the road AND the surrounding sidewalks
    • Even the safest of drivers can not predict a child darting out into the middle of the road apparently out of nowhere. The slower you are driving, the more time you will have to react when unexpected, potentially dangerous actions by others, particularly kids, happen.
  • Do NOT pass a bus that has its “Stop Sign” and blinkers on. Ever.
    • Of course we all have had that morning we are running late, and then we get stuck behind a school bus stopped to pick up kids… and it is taking forever. There is no one on the other side of the road, and it looks so tempting to go around the bus and continue on your way. Don’t do it. The leading cause of death among kids and teenagers is accidents/unintentional death, according to https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001915.htm

 

If you or a person you care about gets injured or killed in an automobile accident caused by negligent driving or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation: our phone number is (561) 686-3400 and our email address is info@sswlawfl.com.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving children happen. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, Defective Products, Motorcycle accidents, Boating accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, where we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years.

How to spot a drunk driver in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens

Summer is here which also means the summer driving season is here. Many families pack up their belongings and the children and head to points all over the United States to visit friends and relatives. Of course there are also 3 major holidays that happen during this time, as well. Memorial Day has come and gone, while Independence Day is only a few weeks away with Labor Day to follow at the beginning of September.

Statistics tell us that the incidence of drunk driving rises significantly on and around these holidays. In fact, July 4th and Labor Day turn out to be two of the three or four days with the most drunk driving deaths in America every year, according to yearly surveys by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With that in mind here are ways for you to spot a drunk driver out on the road during this time, and any time. Spotting a drunk driver in enough time to get away may just save your life, and the life of your family.

From MADD: “While we work hard to turn cars into the cure and eliminate drunk driving forever, families must continue to be vigilant on our roadways.  You can help protect your family from drunk drivers by looking for these signs of intoxication among other motorists.” This full list is shared directly from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website:

  1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
  2. Tailgating
  3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  10. Straddling the center lane marker
  11. Driving with headlights off at night
  12. Swerving
  13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  14. Turning abruptly or illegally
  15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

To read more, please go to: http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/how-you-can-help/how-to-spot-a-drunk-driver.html?referrer=https://www.google.com.ph/

Unfortunately, there can be occasion where no matter what you do you can not avoid getting into an accident with a drunk driver, or another automobile driver. If you or someone you know is injured or dies as a result of an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, or someone else’s negligence, contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. immediately. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will try to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving drunk drivers happen, particular over the holidays. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where you or someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred. We have worked to protect families in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, West Palm Beach, and throughout south Florida for over 40 years, and we look forward to helping you!

Car seat laws improved but need to go further in Florida to protect more of our children

Beautiful happy girl with teddy bear sleeping in the car

Schools across the state of Florida are letting out for summer break this coming week. That means that the summer driving season is upon us, where families will be driving around the state of Florida and to much more far-flung places around the country to visit relatives, friends and the multitude of tourist attractions that this great country of ours has to offer. Now is the perfect time to remind all of you who will be traveling this summer Florida’s most up-to-date car seat and restraint laws for children.

 

The most recent changes went into effect about a year and a half ago, on January 1st, 2015. Here is a quick refresher of the series of requirements, as stated in the 2015 Florida Statutes:

  • Children through the age of 3 must be secured in a federally-approved car restraint seat.
  • Children through the ages of 4 and 5 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat. Which one depends upon their size.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.613.html

 

These additions to the state law increased requirements up through the age of 5. Before the beginning of last year, car seat requirements for children in the state of Florida only covered up through the age of 3. Although this is certainly an improvement, a number of child safety advocates continue to lobby for Florida state politicians to bring our laws in line with other states or to the standards recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ that children by restrained in a booster seat until they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.

 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital child advocacy supervisor Bevin Maynard was quoted as saying by the Tampa Bay Times that the magic number “is not weight or age. It is height.”

 

She has had quite a bit of experience working with children and their families when a child has been seriously injured in an automobile accident. She knows that statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States is improper restraint when in a traffic accident.

 

Some information for this blog post including the quote from Bevin Maynard was shared from the following article:  http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/new-florida-car-seat-law-takes-effect-jan-1-20141221/

 

If your child or the child of someone you know is injured in an auto accident you probably need a lot of comfort, in addition to expert legal advice on what to do. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will try to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that car accidents unfortunately happen all the time. We help our clients and their children obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Premises Liability, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Our main office is in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. We have litigated cases in Palm Beach County and throughout the state of Florida.

 

Steps you need to take if you are involved in a Slip & Fall accident

Wet Floor Warning

 

“Slip & Fall” accidents happen every day, particularly afflicting the elderly and others who have a hard time moving around. But it can happen to you, as well. Do you know what to do if you are a loved one gets hurt in a Slip & fall accident?

If you are involved in a slip/trip & fall accident, you should:

  • Avoid making any detailed statements concerning fault. Saying the wrong thing, or just saying too much can and will be used against you in court.
  • Make sure to get names of owners and managers of the property
  • Write down the names of witnesses; try to get their phone numbers as well.
  • If you are not incapacitated by your injuries, take good pictures of the scene and of your injuries.
  • Save the footwear and clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention if injured immediately. If not immediately, then at least within 14 days, as required by current Florida Statute. Otherwise, you will not be able to seek full compensation for future medical bills, and it may cost you other compensation as well.

And

  • Do not give recorded statements to any insurance adjusters. Period. Even your own.

The liability of a premises owner or operator depends on the state and federal laws that apply to the circumstances. For example, an owner of a home or public store has a duty to warn you about any known hazards that you might encounter. Construction workers are legally obligated to warn and protect the public from hazard at their work sites. Depending on individual circumstances, all may still be liable for injuries you receive while on their premises, even if they warned you of potential injury.

To read more on what you should do if you are involved in a Slip and fall, go to: http://accident-law.freeadvice.com/accident-law/slips_falls/fall_what_to_do.htm

If you or a person you care about gets injured in a “Slip and fall” accident or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation, call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. In fact, there are around 1 million Slip and fall accidents per year. If you are in an accident because of the negligence of a business, property or home owner, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an Slip and fall accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/slip-fall-accident/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Auto Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred in Jupiter and anywhere else in the state of Florida.

Texting & Driving: a preventable cause of too many deaths and injuries on Florida roadways

Stop Texting While Driving Sign

The time has come. In fact, it has long since passed. And now we have another year’s worth of statistical data that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that we need more of a deterrent to stop texting and driving – and most other forms of cellphone usage while operating a motor vehicle.

In the state of Florida in 2015 alone 214 people were killed in accidents caused by “distracted driving.” An astounding 39,396… yes, over 39,000! Were injured. We ask every single citizen of this state – when is enough enough? How many more lives need to be lost or forever changed for the negative because of someone else’s negligence?

The fact is that our states’ laws against texting and driving, and cellphone usage while driving in general are some of the most lax in the entire country. For example, texting while driving is still considered a “secondary” offense here in Florida. A secondary offense means that you must get pulled over for committing some other offense before you get cited for texting while driving as well.

How many more lives will be lost needlessly and carelessly before we as a state get serious about curbing “distracted driving”? Our drinking and driving laws have become significantly more costly – in both money and freedoms taken away – than they were just a few short years ago. The same needs to happen with Florida’s texting and driving laws, as well.

Here are several websites we have mentioned before, such as http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/ and https://noys.org/ to see what you can do to help spread the word on curtailing texting and driving with teenage drivers, and all other drivers.

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was texting, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving cell phone usage happen all the time now, unfortunately. If you are in an accident because of the willful negligence of another driver then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Auto Accidents, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Premises Liability cases and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Required personal injury protection benefits in Florida – what they mean to you as a Florida resident

Personal Injury Claim

Most people who live here in Florida are aware that the state has a series of laws called the Florida Statutes that are “a permanent collection of state laws organized by subject area into a code made up of titles, chapters, parts, and sections. The Florida Statutes are updated annually by laws that create, amend, transfer, or repeal statutory material.”

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=View%20Statutes&Submenu=1&Tab=statutes

Included amongst the 2015 Florida Statutes is an entire section on Insurance: Title XXXVII, Chapters 624 through 651. Chapter 627 of this section covers Insurance Rates and Contracts. 627.736 refers to “Required personal injury protection benefits; exclusions; priority; claims”

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we realize that most Florida residents reading this blog do not want to read through the rather complicated and long-winded statutes that discuss insurance requirements. You want to know what they are and how they affect you and your loved ones, in plain English.

Since the last changes to the statutes in 2012 & 2013, Florida drivers have been required to carry the following minimum insurances:

  • $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, and
  • $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) benefits.

Florida does not, however, require drivers to have bodily injury liability (BIL) benefits (which pay the costs of others’ injuries if a crash occurs). Most other states do require you to have BIL benefits in your insurance coverage. All auto insurance policies must be purchased from insurers licensed to do business in Florida. Driving without insurance in Florida is illegal, and a driver may have his or her license suspended if caught driving without at least the minimum required insurance. To get a license reinstated, a driver has to show proof of insurance on every vehicle owned in the state of Florida, and must pay a fine of up to $500 per violation.

These are just the basic rules of insurance as they are presently constituted here in Florida. Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in an automobile accident.  We will find out what coverage you and all of the motorists involved in the accident have – making sure to ask all of the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case.

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a car, motorcycle or boating accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that motor vehicle accidents happen every day. We also understand that not everyone has the minimum insurance coverage required under the current state statutes.

We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.