Memorial Day weekend: a fun-filled weekend, but also the most deadly of driving holidays

Memorial Day weekend 2017

Memorial Day weekend 2017 is here! This coming weekend marks so many good things to all of us Americans – the unofficial beginning to summer, the end of the school year, and the fun and great food of backyard and beach BBQ’s with family and friends. In addition, it is a time to honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives serving in the U.S. military to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in this country today.

 

Unfortunately, this weekend also holds one very dubious title: it is the most dangerous driving weekend of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) More people are killed in motor vehicle accidents over the 3-day Memorial weekend here in Florida and around the United States, on average, than any other 3-day period on the calendar. That includes the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

 

Most recent statistics derived from this article: https://www.valuepenguin.com/most-dangerous-holidays-drive

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we value the health and well-being of all of you – our neighbors, friends and family here in Jupiter, Florida, and every town and city throughout this great country of ours. Starting today, be willing to go that extra step that may save your own life, or the lives of people you love.

 

Do not get behind the wheel of an automobile while impaired. In addition, if you are driving, put down your cell phone. If current trends continue, texting and other distracted driving will soon catch and may well surpass drunk driving as the leading single cause of automobile accidents causing serious injury and wrongful death in the United States. If you are one of the guilty parties who do it – Stop It. Stop it Now! If not for yourself, then do it for all those other lives you could have a devastating effect on if you cause an accident.

 

In addition, if you see someone who is impaired and about to start driving a vehicle – whether it be an automobile, a truck, a boat or a motorcycle – stop them. If you are sober, offer to drive them home, or at least call them a cab or an Uber. You may be saving their lives, and the lives of others on the road. At the very least you could be saving them from the pain, stress and significant expense of a DUI.

 

Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend – we want to see all of you healthy and happy next week, and far into the future!

 

If you or someone you know is injured or dies as a result of an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, a distracted driver or someone else’s negligence of any type, please contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. immediately. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will work with you 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 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. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years.

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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.

Automobile accidents in U.S. in 2016 rise to their highest level since in 2007: 2-year increase most in over 50 years

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Different year, even worse results. Sadly.

 

In its annual report released last week, the National Safety Council announced that lower gas prices and distractions while driving (texting and drunk driving chief among them) helped lead to another significant rise in fatal auto accidents throughout the United States in 2016.

 

In the report released last Wednesday, the National Safety Council said that approximately 40,200 motor vehicle deaths occurred from January through December of 2016 – an increase of 6% from the same period in 2015, and 14% over the two years since 2014, the largest 2-year jump in over 50 years.

 

As we here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we have been saying for over 40 years, even one death from an automobile accident is too many. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow Floridians and Americans just do not seem to be getting message – stop texting while driving, and using drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel of an automobile. You are putting your own life, and the lives of everyone around you in serious danger.

 

As Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council asked in her statement, “Why are we ok with this?”

 

“Complacency is killing us.”

 

Safety advocates point to the continuing rise in the number of deaths as a percentage of miles driven as proof that distracted driving – particularly texting and drug and alcohol use – as proof that too many people take the danger of driving for granted.

 

To read the entire article regarding the National Safety Council’s press release, go to: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/business/highway-traffic-safety.html?_r=0

 

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 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.

Sobering news: NSC announces that automobile deaths in first half of 2016 increase 43% in state of Florida

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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.

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

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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.

Texting & Driving: a preventable cause of too many deaths and injuries on Florida roadways

Stop Texting While Driving Sign

The time has come. In fact, it has long since passed. And now we have another year’s worth of statistical data that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that we need more of a deterrent to stop texting and driving – and most other forms of cellphone usage while operating a motor vehicle.

In the state of Florida in 2015 alone 214 people were killed in accidents caused by “distracted driving.” An astounding 39,396… yes, over 39,000! Were injured. We ask every single citizen of this state – when is enough enough? How many more lives need to be lost or forever changed for the negative because of someone else’s negligence?

The fact is that our states’ laws against texting and driving, and cellphone usage while driving in general are some of the most lax in the entire country. For example, texting while driving is still considered a “secondary” offense here in Florida. A secondary offense means that you must get pulled over for committing some other offense before you get cited for texting while driving as well.

How many more lives will be lost needlessly and carelessly before we as a state get serious about curbing “distracted driving”? Our drinking and driving laws have become significantly more costly – in both money and freedoms taken away – than they were just a few short years ago. The same needs to happen with Florida’s texting and driving laws, as well.

Here are several websites we have mentioned before, such as http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/ and https://noys.org/ to see what you can do to help spread the word on curtailing texting and driving with teenage drivers, and all other drivers.

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was texting, 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 happen all the time now, unfortunately. 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, Auto Accidents, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Premises Liability cases and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.