Use these tips shared by Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. to minimize your risks while driving

Distracted Driving graphic - April 2017

Through our blog here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we often talk about the needless tragedies caused by people who are texting or otherwise distracted while driving their vehicles. Distracted driving is leading directly to serious injuries and death on our roadways here in Jupiter, throughout Florida and the entire United States. April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month (National Safety Council). This is the perfect time to share some valuable tips on how you can minimize the risks of driving, and keeping your attention on your vehicle and what is going on around you on the roadway.

Here are the following steps you should be taking to avoid the dangers of driving:

  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Whenever you are going to drive, try to plan ahead and leave early if possible, giving yourself extra time to get to your destination.
    • Giving yourself extra time makes you less stressed – and also one less excuse for picking up the phone and texting or calling ahead to tell someone that you are running late.
  • Be careful and extra aware in work/construction zones.
    • Here in Florida, there are currently multiple construction zones at night along most of our major highways (particularly I-95). There is big risk involved for the workers who are often close to the moving vehicles. Be extra aware and cautious when you see workers and active construction going on.
  • Do not let yourself be distracted.
    • Do not text. Do not let passengers (especially children) distract your attention. Do not let animals distract you either. Any distraction can significantly delay your response time, which can be the difference between avoiding an accident and being involved in one. Your vehicle can turn into a dangerous projectile in less than a second.
  • Have a plan for any troubles that can happen during your trip.
    • If you are not prepared for your vehicle breaking down or having a flat tire, you will be at the mercy of local towing companies and random service companies that could take advantage of you and your situation.
  • Make sure your proof of insurance is up to date and easily accessible.
  • Create for yourself safe phone useage rules while driving. And do everything you can to stick to them.
    • This might sound a bit corny – but the truth is that we have become so used to driving in our society that most of us take the very real risk of driving each time we get behind the wheel for granted. As mentioned earlier, any vehicle can turn into a dangerous, high speed projectile instantaneously. We should always be mindful of that fact.

 

This list of tips comes directly from an article recently published on the insurance industry online magazine website PropertyCasualty360.com, written by Rosalie L. Donlon.  To read this entire article go to: http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/04/11/minimize-your-risk-of-distracted-driving-with-thes?ref=most-popular&slreturn=1492549095

 

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver or you were texting or otherwise distracted, 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 or other momentary distractions happen all the time. 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, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Our main office is conveniently located in Jupiter, Florida. We have proudly served south Florida including Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Tequesta and the Treasure Coast as well as anyone in the state of Florida who needs a law firm who knows how to protect your rights, for over 40 years.

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Study of NHTSA data reveals that more fatal accidents occur today than any other day during month of April

Tax day cartoon - tax day 2017

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Today is income tax filing day here in Jupiter, Florida and throughout the United States. In other words, most people’s least favorite day of the year. An interesting study which looked at data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave us all another reason to not like tax day – more fatal automobile accidents occur on this day than any other day during the entire month of April.

 

The study, conducted and published by researchers at the University of Toronto, found that over a 30 year span, the “car accident death rate” was in fact 6% higher on tax day over any other April day. Several experts quoted in an April 30, 2015 article published in The Legal Examiner (a Central Pennsylvania Legal Newsletter) offered four reasons why the fatal accident rate goes up on this day:

  1. There are more motorists on the road on tax day than on the average day in April.
  2. More drivers are forced to drive off of their “regular route” to get to the post office or their accountant’s office to get their taxes filed on time on this day.
  3. More drivers driving “recklessly” to get to the post office to meet today’s deadline.
  4. More drivers are driving distracted due to the stress caused by having to file their taxes today.

To read this entire article, go to: http://central-pennsylvania.legalexaminer.com/automobile-accidents/study-suggests-car-accidents-increase-on-tax-day/

 

Whatever the reasons are, today is statistically the most dangerous day to be driving out on the roads of Florida, and practically everywhere else in America.

 

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was distracted by the stress of tax day, or they were texting while driving, or by any form of distraction including drugs or alcohol, you may have the right to bring a claim for various damages, injuries incurred and all other incidental costs you incur. Contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. and find out all of your options from the law firm that has been protecting the rights of south Florida families for over 40 years!

 

We offer a free initial consultation. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400. For additional information go to our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that motor vehicle accidents are happening at an increased rate. 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, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred. Our main offices are located in Jupiter, Florida and we have tried and successfully won cases for our clients throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin, St. Lucie counties and many other places throughout the state of Florida.

 

And a piece of advice: be extra safe driving out there today – and every day. Your life is worth saving.

Should you bring a lawsuit against the creators of “Pokemon GO” if you get hurt playing? You probably will lose – here’s why

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Terms of Service Conditions Rule Policy Regulation Concept

There seems to be a new story almost daily of someone getting in a car accident or injured in some way while playing the new game Pokemon GO on their phone. The game causes people to get distracted, resulting in falls, car accidents (yes, people are playing while driving) and even muggings. But what if you are hurt while playing Pokemon GO? Can you sue the creator of the app and get a financial settlement for helping to cause your injuries?

The answer is: most likely No. Why? The answer lies within the terms of agreement that you agreed to right before you start the process of actually downloading the game app to your cellphone. Included in that rather lengthy document are terms that specifically protects the app’s creator from you suing them.

Here are the sections of the Pokemon GO “Terms of Service” that relate specifically to what you are agreeing to that limit the company’s liability in case you are injured playing the app.

  1. Safe Play
    1. You play the game at your own risk. If you get hurt or hurt someone while playing, the company is not liable. An dispute you have with any other player does not involve the company, either.
  2. Conduct, General Prohibitions and Niantic’s Enforcement Rights
    1. A lengthy section that describes in detail the many things you can do to break the service terms and be banned by the company.
  3. Links to Third Party Websites or Resources
    1. You assume responsibility and risk from using any third party websites or resources while playing the game.
  4. Termination
    1. Niantic can terminate your access to the service at any time, without notice or warning to you.
  5. Disclaimer of Warranties
    1. There is no warranty of any kind.
  6. Indemnity
    1. You hold Niantic and everyone else connected to the game harmless for anything that may happen to you while playing the game.
  7. Limitation of Liability
    1. It is not Niantic’s fault if you lose data or money as a result of playing. At most, the company limits liability up to but not exceeding $1,000.
  8. Dispute Resolution
    1. If you have issue with any of these terms you agree to an independent arbitrator to settle any dispute. You agree not to join in a class action lawsuit and you also agree to go to waive your right to have a trial by jury.

According to consumerist.com, you can opt out of the “Terms of Service” agreement by sending a message directly to Niantic within 30 days of downloading the game. Instructions on how to do so are contained within the following article: https://consumerist.com/2016/07/14/pokemon-go-strips-users-of-their-legal-rights-heres-how-to-opt-out/

But be aware of the fact that Niantic can (and probably will) terminate you from playing the game. This is a fascinating topic that brings up an important facet of the law here in Florida, and the United States. Understanding what rights you could be signing away when you agree to a “Terms of Service” contract.

If you are injured due to the negligence of another person in Florida, 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. Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident or some other mishap caused by someone playing Pokemon GO or distracted in some other way while driving, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/wrongful-death/. 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.

Pokemon Go – a lot of fun for many, but quite dangerous for others here in Florida

Pokemon Go
California, United State, 15 July 2016 : Pokmon Go is a free-to-play location based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokmon Company as part of the Pokmon franchise. A man driving while playing Pokemon Go indicati

Since its release 4 weeks ago, the Pokémon Go App has taken our country by storm. Downloads of the app broke records after its first week, and have continued since (according to Apple). By mid -July estimates were that the app was generating $1.6 million in revenue PER DAY, a number also sure to continue a meteoric rise. There is no doubt that Pokémon Go has been very positive (and lucrative) for everyone involved in its release.

Unfortunately, we are also seeing that there is a definitive and quickly growing downside to playing Pokémon Go. For anyone who does not already know, Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed and published by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in selected countries, including the U.S., just last month. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Go)

Accidents, even deaths, have now been directly linked to the playing of this game. The danger is real enough that police departments across the country, including in Florida, have been issuing warning lists against playing “Pokemon Go”. The dangers include:

  • Do not use the application when you are operating a motor vehicle or bicycle
    • Distracted driving already causes thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths in our country each year. Unfortunately this app is going to only add to those numbers.
  • Do not trespass on private property when trying to “catch” a Pokemon
    • Or you will get arrested. Or worse
  • Be aware of your surroundings when walking and do not stare down at your phone not knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc.
    • Stories of people breaking their ankles, legs and arms are coming in from all over the country already.
  • Use caution when sharing your location as strangers can see your location information
    • Other stories talk of people getting robbed while playing the game.
  • Travel in groups in public/well lit locations
    • Another warning of common sense. You do not want to go to certain places, particularly at night. Doing so while playing on your cellphone does not make any more sense than it does to do it for any other reason

To read this story in its entirety, go to:

http://www.techinsider.io/first-car-crash-caused-by-pokemon-go-2016-7

We will continue to share information and stories related to issues that arise from the growing craze that is the Pokemon Go App. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we believe if we can help save one life, stop one accident, it will be more than worth it.

If you are injured in an accident because the other driver was distracted playing Pokemon Go, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages, injuries incurred, lost wages and more. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400. Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an automobile accident involving Pokemon Go or other distracted driving, 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.

Resources that may help you save a teenager from a devastating distracted driving accident from Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne

No Texting While Driving
No Texting While Driving Mobile Phone with words No Texting While Driving in Text Bubble isolated on a white background

Summer has long been known as a time when automobile accidents involving teenage drivers increase. Teenagers are on summer break from either high school or college, so they tend to be out on the roadways more, and more often at night, then during the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, the problem with teenage driver accidents has been exacerbated with the introduction of cell phones and other devices into the mix. Distracted driving has led to a significant increase in accidents, injuries and deaths for all driver, but particularly those in the 15 to 20 age group. In previous blogs we discussed the statistics compiled by the National Safety Council, AAA and other organizations dedicated to stemming the tide of teenager distracted driving accidents, injuries and deaths.

And just last year the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded an extensive study of recorded data from the last six seconds before 1,700 crashes found an astonishing 58% of “moderate to severe teen crashes” are the result of the driver being distracted. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we believe there has to be a concerted effort by all Americans to help all drivers understand the risk of distracted driving – with an even larger focused message to teenage drivers.

To that end, we are providing links to several more websites that offer support and information to teenage drivers, their families and anyone else who is interested in combating this problem that has led to so much needless pain and suffering of those who have been involved in distracted driver accidents:

http://www.distraction.gov/

http://www.teendriversource.org/support_teens

 

and a local non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of traffic safety, particularly amongst teens:

http://dorisaveslives.org/

 

We will continue to share information and stories related to this extremely important topic. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we believe if we can help save one life, stop one accident, it will be more than worth it.

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was distracted or otherwise impaired in Florida, 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. Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an automobile accident caused by distracted driving, 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 in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and throughout Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast and all of Florida.