Happy St. Patrick’s Day – have fun, but please be careful and do not drink and drive

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day – a day of fun, good food and reverie. We all have the chance to be Irish on this day, whether our ancestors are from the Emerald Island or not.

 

Unfortunately, St. Patrick’s Day also ranks among the most popular days of the year for Americans consuming large amounts of alcohol. According to the yearly statistics published on WalletHub, St. Patrick’s Day ranks as the 4th most popular drinking day in the United States; only surpassed by Christmas, Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.

 

According to the website’s findings, 30 people were killed in drunk driving accidents over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period in 2015. And a whopping 75% of automobile accidents on the average St. Patrick’s Day involve a driver who has consumed at least 2 times the legal alcohol limit. You can check out all of the interesting statistics that Wallethub compiled this year here:

 

https://wallethub.com/blog/st-patricks-day-facts/10960/

 

And in another recent St. Patrick’s Day article related to too much drinking, more people tend to binge drink over this period than usual, which leads to an increased rate of DUI and death from alcohol poisoning.

 

https://www.lifesafer.com/blog/drinking-statistics-st-patricks-day/

 

Here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we often use our blog to report on alcohol-related accidents and fatalities because we believe that if we can save just one life of someone who reads this then we are offering an important service. As we have been saying for over 40 years, even one death from an automobile accident is too much.

 

Sadly, too many of our fellow Floridians and Americans just do not seem to be get the message until it is too late – stop using alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel of an automobile. You are putting your own life, and the lives of everyone around you in serious danger.

 

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, or distracted by texting while driving or some other cause, 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 motor vehicle accidents happen at an increased rate on holiday weekends like this one. 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 office is conveniently located in Jupiter. We proudly serve 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.

 

 

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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!

Why you need a lawyer if you are the victim of a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Jupiter, Florida

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car crash accident on street, damaged automobiles after collision in city

With the holiday season upon us comes lots of food, fun, good cheer – and many opportunities for drinking, partying and driving. Unfortunately, there are some people who drink too much. Accidents that involve drinking and driving spike at this time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, the number of fatalities rises 25% on an average day during the holiday season, and as much as 50% over the New Year’s holiday.

 

If you are involved in an accident caused by someone who is impaired by drugs or alcohol in the state of Florida that person is held responsible for all damages incurred. That is obvious to most people. Fewer people realize that in this scenario they are also considered a victim of a criminal act under our state law.

 

Obviously, drunk drivers are responsible for all damages incurred when they cause an accident. In addition, since Florida does not require mandatory insurance for car owners, there may be another defendant that you can recover money and damages from. Who is that? The person or restaurant who served the drinker the alcohol, that’s who.

 

 

According to Florida Statute 768.125 “Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication.—A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.” – http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0768/Sections/0768.125.html

 

It is usually simple proving a defendant served alcohol to a minor.  However, it often takes a lot more work to prove a defendant served alcohol to a habitual drunk.  Several of the points you must prove are:

  • how long the person has had an alcohol problem
  • the frequency of their drinking
  • how often the person frequents the establishment
  • how much contact and their behavior with the employees of the establishment that night, and before
  • what was the person’s specific behavior and alcohol consumption on the night of the incident.

 

These are just a few of the important questions that your attorney must get answers to for you to have a chance at winning a case against the person or establishment that served the drunk driver. You need to hire a law firm with lawyers who have the experience and knowledge combined with the dogged determination to get all the information to help you win your case.

 

If you or a person you care about gets injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, call us now 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 drunk driving accidents happen all the time. If you are in an accident because of the negligence of another driver, or the establishment who overserved that person, 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 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, 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.

Defective products cause injury every day – what can you do about it

Defective Products - kids equipment

A fact of life in our modern world is that people do get hurt every day while using the machines, appliances and other equipment that allow us to move through our daily routines. Sometimes these injuries are 100% due to user error. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a defective product is partially or fully to blame for your or your loved ones’ injuries.

When that is the case, you need to be aware that you do have options. Here is an informative article on this very subject from FindLaw.com:

http://consumer.findlaw.com/consumer-transactions/defective-products-and-consumer-rights.html

As this article states, if you have been injured by a defective product, “you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to learn about the legal remedies that may be available to you.”

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A., we know that any product may cause injury or death. We help clients obtain payment for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to defective products. If you want to learn more about how to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a situation where you have been injured by a defective product, then go to http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/defective-products/. We also specialize in Accident & Serious Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other location throughout the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will yield you maximum results, while also working with you throughout your particular situation until it is resolved. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

Our main office is located in south Florida in Jupiter at 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. You can contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.

Drinking and Driving – a bad and potentially very costly decision in Florida

Drinking is a rite of passage that comes about for most Americans once they hit the golden age of 21. The problem with this rite of passage, however, is that many are inexperienced with drinking and, in turn, let loose behind the wheel of a car with alcohol in their system as soon as they are legal.  Florida has one of the highest rates of drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  While the public’s perception is that a majority of drunk drivers on the roads are in their teens or 20s, in our practice the victims who have been injured by drunk drivers have mostly been injured by middle aged male drunk drivers.  Recently our firm represented a client who was severely injured when a middle aged male drunk driver attempted to make a left turn failing to yield to oncoming traffic and in doing so slammed into the side of our client’s car.

The drunk driver who t-boned our client was arrested near the scene of the crash.  The drunk driver’s blood alcohol level was a .32, over four times the legal limit!  The drunk driver was so intoxicated that he attempted to flee the scene, luckily for our client a good samaritan followed him.  When the police arrived at the drunk driver’s vehicle and removed him from the car he was so drunk that he defecated in his pants! This crash caused significant injuries to our client’s neck and back for which one day she will likely require at least one spinal surgery.  Our client’s ability to enjoy life on a daily basis was affected by this drunk driver’s failure to use a designated driver, taxi, Uber or some other form of transportation to get home that night.

Unfortunately for us South Florida residents this is a risk we live with on a daily basis.  Please remember to drive safe and always be on the lookout for erratic drivers, especially at nights and on the weekends.  While you can’t stop a stranger from drinking and driving you can possibly avoid a dangerous situation by being alert.  Also, if you notice a vehicle making erratic movements please contact the local police and report it; this simple task could save lives.

The aforementioned incident, not isolated in any regard, should serve as a warning to all drivers who make the choice to drink and drive, in addition to everyone else driving out on the roads. If you choose to drink and drive, you risk not only your own life, but the lives of others. It also serves as a warning to all motorists to be vigilant when driving because other drivers can be the real danger to you and your family’s safety. The lawsuit was settled with an undisclosed amount going to our client.

The Law Offices of Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne has been representing accident victims throughout Florida for over four decades. The qualified and experienced Florida Trial Attorneys at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne will fight for your rights while also protecting your interests.  For more information go to www.sswlawfl.com, contact the firm via email at info@sswlawfl.com or call us directly and talk to one of our attorneys at (561) 686-3400. Our offices are located in Jupiter, Florida.