What to do and not to do if you are involved in a hit-and-run auto accident in Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens

People often ask us for tips on how to best handle situations in the aftermath of different types of accidents and mishaps. One of the most common questions we get asked about is what to do after you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident where the other person hit you and took off before you could get the license plate number.

Hit-and-run accident victims often will panic or get very angry – understandable immediate responses, but in either case letting their emotions get the better of them. Their emotions then cloud their judgement as to what are appropriate vs. inappropriate courses of actions to take at that critical time.

As with any accident, you must thoroughly document the hit and run accident for both the police and your insurance company. So you must get control of your emotions so that you can rationally replay the accident in your mind, from beginning to end. Of course it becomes a lot harder to do when the other driver has left the scene – and left you to deal with the aftermath alone.

Here is a step-by-step guide of what you should do if you are ever the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, or anywhere else in Florida:

  • Get as much information as possible, including:
    • The time, location, description and cause of the accident
    • The license plate number, if possible
    • The other vehicle’s make, model and color – if you noticed anything unique about the vehicle, make sure to note that, as well
    • Photos of all of the damage to your car
    • Description of damage to the other vehicle, as accurately and as thoroughly as possible
    • Which direction the other car was headed – both at the time of the accident, and which direction it took off in
    • If anyone witnessed the accident and is still present, ask them if they can provide additional information and/or a statement – for both you and the police. Be sure to get their names and contact information.

… and here are two things NOT TO DO:

  • DO NOT try to follow the other driver. Obviously this could put you in a compromising and potentially dangerous situation if you ever catch the person. Just as importantly, it can cause the police to question who was at fault.
    • In addition, you will most likely miss out on getting any eyewitness accounts to support your story
  • DO NOT wait to call either the police or your insurance company to report the accident, and then to make a claim. Call both immediately! The police accident report will not only help you when you make your accident claim with your insurance company, but it can also help the police in finding the person who caused the accident.

To learn more about what to do in hit and run and other accident situations, see more at: https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/safety/what-to-do-after-a-hit-and-run/index.html?cmpid=enews-dec15

If you are in an auto or motorcycle accident where the other driver hit-and-ran, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries you 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 hit-and-run car accidents unfortunately happen. 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.

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Have a Christmas tree in Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens? Be careful or risk a fatal fire

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire…  The house filled with the smells of scrumptious holiday meals cooking and the Christmas tree giving off the most pleasant of pine fresh aromas. Ahhh, what a wonderful time of the year! Unless you are one of the unlucky few who have their Christmas tree catch on fire.

Unfortunately, Christmas trees can and do catch on fire, particularly if they are not well-tended and have been allowed to dry out during their time standing in a home. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey show that between 2009-2013, Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an annual average of seven deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in property damage directly related to the fire.

Furthermore, it was found that one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in at least one death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. Neither agency offered a reason for why a home fire involving a Christmas tree was also more likely to cause a death to occur. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the speed with which a fire grows when a dry tree (such as a Christmas tree) is involved can be a significant part of why death is more likely to occur.

To read this entire article please go to: http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

Safety with Christmas trees, Chanukah candles, toys, holiday lights and all other things associated with the holidays is an important issue to keep at the front of your mind this holiday season. Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. wish you a Happy, and just as importantly Safe Holiday Season this year, and every year.

If you or a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a fire, or 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 contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been injured in some type of 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.

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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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.

What if my tire blows out and injures me, my family, or a bystander in Florida?

While most drivers will log many hundreds and probably thousands of miles without so much as an air leak, tire failures can and do occur regularly, particularly here in Florida during the long, hot summer.  While not all tire failures result in a serious accident and not all tire failures are the result of a design or manufacturing defect, the sudden failure of a tire can cause a vehicle to lose control and either roll over or collide with other vehicles.  Tire failures are particularly dangerous when the vehicle is traveling at highway speeds.  When a tire malfunctions and the tire tread separates this is likely to cause a serious car accident which can cause death, paralysis, or loss of limbs.

Any car accident caused by a tire failure involving death or serious injury should be evaluated for a potential tire defect claim.  While not every tire failure is due to a manufacturing defect, it is still important while all of the evidence is still available to contact an attorney to review the accident.  Many tire failures can be traceable to a design or manufacturing defect in the tire and the sooner an attorney reviews the evidence the sooner it can be determined if there was a manufacturing or design defect.  Identifying those cases requires an attorney skilled in identifying and proving the defect in the tire in order to obtain full recovery for a catastrophic injury.  It also takes significant financial commitment as well as a substantial amount of attorney time to be successful and this is a promise we make to all of our clients.

Safercar.gov is a way to search for tire recalls by entering the tire’s brand and model.  Safecar.gov is also a great resource for vehicle safety information as well as recall information for vehicles and products associated with vehicles.  We would recommend everyone visit this site for important information regarding product and vehicle safety.

If you want to learn more about how a skilled personal injury attorney in Jupiter identifies cases of tire or other product defect, or many other real world legal issues in cases of personal injury or wrongful death, contact Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A., we know that any product can cause injury or death, including a defective tire. 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, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents 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, via email at info@sswlawfl.com or go to our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com to learn more about the areas of law that we focus on. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.