Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. safety – tips to keep you safe while operating or riding upon a motorcycle

Motorcycle riding on the open road

Summer is here – for motorcycle riders, that means heading out on the open road to quench their thirst for the excitement and freedom that comes along with driving their motorcycles. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we understand the lure of motorcycles for those who love them. We also realize that motorcycle driving can be very dangerous, particularly on the crowded highways here in south Florida.

 

With that in mind, we offer a list of tips for safe motorcycle driving and riding:

 

  1. Drive defensively
    1. Bad automobile drivers cause accidents with motorcycles; but so too do bad motorcycle drivers themselves. Aggressively operating a motorcycle causes a significant number of motorcycle accidents, as well.
  2. Do NOT drink and operate or ride on a motorcycle
    1. In a study cited in an article on motorcyclecruiser.com, the California Highway Patrol found that 69 percent of all at-fault motorcycle collisions happened when the rider was “under the influence” of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Follow the rules of the road
    1. Piggybacking on tip #2, following the rules of the road gives you a much better chance of getting back home safe and sound.
  4. Consistently check your motorcycle, particularly after longer rides, to make sure it is in proper working condition.
  5. If you have not done so already, take a motorcycle safety course.
  6. Both driver and rider should wear well-made protective helmets.
    1. Yes, we realize that here in Florida by law you can operate or ride on a motorcycle without a helmet or protective headgear. However, we have seen the results of what riding without a helmet can do in an accident. A helmet can save you from severe brain damage and even death. It is your head, your brain and your life – protect it.
  7. You should also wear protective clothing.
    1. Protective clothing can significantly lessen the damage to your body, particularly to your skin.
  8. Stay out of the blind spots of automobile and truck drivers
    1. The biggest problem with weaving in and out of traffic when you are operating your motorcycle is that invariably you end up crossing into and out of blind spots. As a result you significantly raise the chance that someone will accidently move into your path from another lane.
  9. Always be aware of road hazards and obstructions

 

If you or a person you know gets hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation, please contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400. You can also contact us easily by filling out the CASE REVIEW FORM on our website.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that motorcycle accidents happen every day. 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 to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a situation where someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident, then go to http://www.palmbeachgardensmotorcycleaccident.com/palm-beach-gardens-motorcycle-injury-attorneys.html. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Auto 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 place in 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.

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Motorcycle accidents hurt and kill thousands of people in Florida every year

Motorcycle accident picture

The reports come in all-too-frequently here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart and practically every city and town throughout south Florida and beyond:

 

Earlier this very evening: “One person is injured after a crash involving a motorcycle and a truck near Loxahatchee Tuesday evening, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

First responders were called to the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and Hall Boulevard, just east of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, where a motorcycle and a truck collided after 9 p.m. The crash caused a fire on at least one of the vehicles and one person was injured, according to fire rescue.

The unidentified person was flown by the the Trauma Hawk to a local hospital. The person’s condition is unknown at this time. It’s unclear if anyone else was injured in the crash.”

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/breaking-injured-motorcycle-crash-near-loxahatchee/2ogq1JPRzeVE0bCGvN5DHN/

 

And this afternoon: “WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident near Military Trail and Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue PIO Capt. Don Delucia, one person has died.

The intersection is currently shut down and drivers are being diverted from the area.”

http://www.wflx.com/story/15886031/fatal-motorcycle-accident

 

And just this past Sunday: “Two motorcyclists from Palm Beach County died Sunday afternoon after their motorcycle hit a truck.

The accident occurred on Southeast Dixie Highway at Southeast Winged Foot Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Scot Brian Fertig, 58, of West Palm Beach, was southbound at 2:20 p.m. on Southeast Dixie Highway when he crossed into northbound traffic, hitting the front end of a Toyota Tundra truck driven by Jonathan Rivera, 22, of Hobe Sound.

Fertig and a passenger on the motorcycle, Dianne Denise Resinkoff, 42, of Lake Worth, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.”

http://www.treasurecoast.com/two-dead-in-motorcycle-accident/

 

Unfortunately, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance you will suffer significant injury, and possibly even die. According to statistics compiled by state and federal highway authorities, Florida continues to lead nation in motorcycle accidents on a yearly basis. In fact, almost 1 in 10 of the almost 5,000 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in the entire United States occur right here in Florida. On top of that, almost 10,000 were injured – many seriously – in our state alone.

 

At, Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne P.A. we have over four decades of experience working with clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents causing serious injury and death. We strongly believe in helping to promote motorcycle safety in our communities here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart as well as throughout the state of Florida.

 

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our Palm Beach Gardens Injury Attorneys are here to help.  The reality is…if you’re a Florida biker living in the Palm Beaches, it’s not a matter of if you’ll be involved in an accident, but most likely when. Knowing the right (and wrong) things to do at the scene can be critical to ensuring your immediate legal and financial protection as well as your physical and emotional well-being down the road. That’s where we come in.

 

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a motorcycle 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 motorcycle accidents happen every day. 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 to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to http://www.palmbeachgardensmotorcycleaccident.com/palm-beach-gardens-motorcycle-injury-attorneys.html. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Auto 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 place in 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.

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.

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.

Boating and Jet skiing accidents increase in Florida in 2015

Jet skiing is one of the most popular shoreline activities to do here in Florida. Flying along across the waves can be incredibly fun and exhilarating – and also quite dangerous. The uneven, rocky shoreline in many areas, combined with our notorious rip currents (currents that flow away from shore) can cause problems for even the most experienced of jet skiers in our area.

 

This now-famous video posted on YouTube captures a jet ski crash that occurred along the Newport Beach, California coastline in June. Although this happened in California, jet ski accidents like this can and do happen here in Florida, as well.

In fact, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,  Florida had 737 boating accidents in total in 2015, which includes jet ski and wave runner accidents. That is 103 more accidents as compared to 2014, however, there was a 25 percent decrease in fatalities. A total of 55 people lost their lives last year in boating accidents.

To read the entire news release related to last year’s boating accidents from May 18th, go to http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2016/may/18/boating-stats/

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. are the right lawyers to get you the best legal advice based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in a boating, jet ski or wave runner accident.  We have more than 40 years of experience specializing in protecting families here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart and throughout Florida. We make sure to ask the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case.

If you or someone you know is involved in a boating accident or almost any other marine legal issue, contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. 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. Or go to our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that boating, jet ski and wave runner 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. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

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.