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!

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Tips for safe boating during the summer season in Florida

Family in Life jackets on a boat on a lake

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and schools are on summer vacation. The summer boating season has begun. Now is a great time to remind all of you out there who plan on boating this summer here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and throughout south Florida of some important boating safety tips to help keep you, your family and friends healthy and happy out on the open water this year.

Here is a list of 8 boating safety tips that you, your family should follow each and every time you go out on a boat here in south Florida at this time of year:

  1. Do not drink if you are driving or planning to drive the boat. First of all, it is just as illegal to drink and drive a boat as it is an automobile or motorcycle. Furthermore, drinking dulls your senses, greatly increases your response time if something happens. And boats do not maneuver as fast as cars to begin with. Leave the drinking for later.
  2. Check the weather before you go – have an idea what is supposed to happen throughout the time you are out on the ocean. People who have lived here a while already know this, but the summer season on the east coast of Florida sees many afternoon rain storms that also go out over the Atlantic Ocean. If you are unaware or not paying attention, you can be caught in a dangerous rain squall in a relatively short amount of time.
  3. Make a “float plan” and share it with someone. Let at least one other person (several, optimally) know of your travel plans for that day. Include your name, address, phone number, make and model of the boat, departure and arrival time and any stops you are planning along the way.

** There are mobile phone apps available for just this purpose. Here is a list of a few of them from Discover Boating.com:

http://www.discoverboating.com/appsandtools.aspx?c=681

  1. Check the boat for sea-worthiness before putting it in the water. The middle of the ocean is no place to figure out that your boat has a problem that you could have detected before leaving.
  2. Make sure you have all the proper safety equipment onboard. In addition to having and wearing life jackets, make sure to carry at least the minimum required equipment by the U.S. Coast Guard. Here is a list, depending upon the length of your boat: http://www.boatus.org/guide/equipment_6.html
  3. Once onboard, wear a properly fitting life jacket; make sure to outfit any children with life jackets as well. The United States Coast Guard recently released estimates stating that over 80% of the people who died in boating accidents could have been saved if they had been wearing a life jacket.
  4. Ensure the safety of every child on board your boat:
    1. Make sure they have a life vest made for their size
    2. Teach them not to run around the boat; to stay seated while the boat is moving, and to keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times
    3. If they are your children and you plan on having them out on the water with any consistency, have them enrolled in swimming and boater safety classes.
  5.  Watch for swimmers and other smaller water craft. You are in control of a vehicle that can turn into a deadly weapon very easily. You can neither slow down, reverse or maneuver anywhere near as quickly as you can when manning most other types of vehicles, particularly in the canals and Intracoastal Waterway areas. Therefore, you need to anticipate what moves anyone else within your vicinity might make at least 8 to 10 seconds in advance, if possible.

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 accident or any type of incident out on the water.  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. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

If you or someone you know is involved in a boating accident or 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.

Accidents can and do happen. 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.

The following additional articles were referenced in the compilation of this blog:

https://blog.boatsetter.com/boating-safety-tips/

http://www.coit.com/blog/boating-safety-tips

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.

What you need to do if you are involved in a Slip and fall accident in Florida

A man who slipped on a wet floor beside a bright yellow caution sign holds his back in pain ** Note: Shallow depth of field

According to Wikipedia, a Slip and fall accident (also known as a trip and fall) is defined as “a personal injury claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) and falling. It is a tort, a wrongful act that results in injury, and based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the fall.” To read the entire definition please go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slip_and_fall

The law requires that homes, buildings, walkways and even parking lots must be maintained and kept safe for anyone who uses them. The law refers to this as premises liability. If someone owns property that you travel on and you’re injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost time at work, and more if it can be determined that your fall was due to their negligence.

By and large people are familiar, with what a Slip and fall accident is. Yet most people do not know what steps to take if they or someone they care about is involved in a Slip and fall accident. What you do in the moments following the accident can determine if you have a case.

Here is a list of steps that you should take immediately following a Slip and fall accident. It was originally published on a Pennsylvania law firm’s website, but in the name of sharing good, pertinent information, we share it with you here:

7 Steps for After a Slip and Fall Accident

Medical Help – Your health – or the health of a friend of loved one – is your top priority. Seek medical attention immediately. If you are debilitated in any way at the scene, call fire/rescue. With your injuries documented, you’ll be able to provide proof if you choose to seek compensation for your medical bills.

Report It – If you fell in a store, apartment building, your friend’s house, or anywhere else, make sure you report it to the manager, owner, or landlord. Ask the business manager or landlord to make a report of the accident and obtain a copy before you leave.

Keep Calm – If you’re injured on a homeowner’s property, remain calm and limit your communication with them for the time being. Don’t get angry or upset, because it won’t change what’s already happen. Focus on what’s important: getting treatment for your injuries.

Take Photos – Document the EXACT location where you fell, including stairs, railings, ice patches, or any other condition that contributed to the fall. It’s important to document the date and time of your accident, because evidence can disappear and conditions can change.

Get the Info – Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of any possible witnesses. This will help prove your version of events down the road.

Shoes and Clothing – Place the shoes and clothing you were wearing during the accident in a safe storage place. They may be relevant evidence at a later date.

Call an Attorney – When considering legal action, the best person on your side is an experienced attorney. Since many slip and fall cases are difficult to prove, you need the resources of a successful law firm. We have the experience, knowledge, and history of success to recover the money you deserve.

To read the entire article in its original form, please go to: https://www.edgarsnyder.com/slip-and-fall-accidents/after-an-accident.html

If you or a person you care about gets injured in a Slip and fall, 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 Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. If you fall because of the negligence of the property’s 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 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 Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, 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.

Current motor vehicle insurance law in the state of Florida

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We believe that it is important to share with you information that is relevant to the type of personal injury case that you might bring to us here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. A significant number of the potential clients who contact us have been in some sort of motor vehicle accident, whether it involved a car, motorcycle, boat or truck.

This article is dedicated to sharing with you the most current information regarding whether you are required by state law to have insurance for your motor vehicle in the state of Florida:

I am registering a vehicle for the first time in Florida. Is insurance mandatory for my car? For my motorcycle? For my boat?

The answer is Yes for your car, but interestingly No for your motorcycle or boat. If you own a vehicle with at least four wheels and are registering it, you must have Florida insurance. Although this is not true for your motorcycle, there are significant ramifications, including loss of your license, if you are involved in an accident while driving your motorcycle.

According to Car Insurance.com, “Motorcycle insurance requirements for the state of Florida can be confusing. Motorcycle insurance is not required to register a motorcycle in FL. However, if a motorcycle operator is charged in a crash with injuries, then the owner or owner/operator is financially responsible for bodily injuries and property damage to others.

If no liability coverage was in effect for the motorcycle at the time of the accident, then bodily injury/property damage liability insurance must be purchased and kept for 3 years to avoid license and tag/registration suspension or to reinstate license and tag/registration after suspension.

So liability insurance for motorcycle is voluntary and not mandatory unless you have caused an accident but it is highly recommended to be purchased for your protection. If you plan to carry passengers it is also a good idea to see if you need extra insurance coverage for them.”

To read more on this answer please go to: http://www.carinsurance.com/kb/content14180.aspx

Boat insurance is also NOT mandatory in the state of Florida at the current time.

What type of insurance is required to purchase and maintain a Florida license plate and registration?

Florida’s minimum required insurance coverage to maintain a valid Florida license plate and registration for your car or truck is $10,000 for personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 for property damage liability (PDL).

To see the answers to many other motor vehicle insurance questions in the state of Florida, please go to: http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/frfaqgen.html

Every automobile, motorcycle and/or boat owner in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and the entire state of Florida needs to know the insurance laws of our state. If you have been in an automobile, motorcycle or boat accident in Florida then you need an attorney who knows how to ask the right questions of both your insurance company AND the company representing the other side. The 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.  We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a car, motorcycle or boat 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 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://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.

Am I always at fault if I rear end someone in a car accident in the state of Florida?

The answer is no, you are not necessarily 100% at fault if you rear end someone in an accident. In actuality, regardless of whether an injury is caused by the fault of a front driver, a rear driver, or both, comparative fault in a rear-end collision entitles a plaintiff to judgment “against each” liable party, on the basis of that party’s percentage of fault, according to Florida Statute  § 768.81(3).

Drivers on Florida’s roadways owe a duty of reasonable care not only to those driving in front of them, but also to those who are following, and all other individuals within the foreseeable zone of danger. That is how the law is written in Florida Statute § 316.183(5).

In November of 2012, the Florida Supreme Court decided  the case of Birge v. Charron, in which the Court held that “where evidence is produced from which a jury could conclude that the front driver in a rear-end collision was negligent and comparatively at fault in bringing about the collision, the presumption is rebutted and issues of disputed fact regarding negligence and causation should be submitted to the jury.”  In layman’s terms, if a jury could find that the front driver was any percentage at fault then the rear driver is not presumed at fault.  The jury would then determine the percentage of fault of each driver.  For example, the front driver could be 60% at fault and the rear driver 40% at fault.  The point is, just because you rear end someone does not necessarily mean you are 100% at fault.

If you need an attorney, please contact Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A.  If you have any questions about how we deal with liability in rear end automobile accidents, call us.  All of the attorneys at Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne have at least five years of experience and are board certified in civil trial law including the author of this article, Ryan Wynne. Ryan is also a Partner of the firm.

If you want to learn more about how to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a rear end automobile accident, or many other personal injury civil and criminal legal issues, then go to www.sswlawfl.com. 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.  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.

The author of this article Ryan Wynne is a Partner and Shareholder of Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. He has been admitted to the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of the state of Florida.

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