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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Teens still need to be pushed to wear their seat belts in cars in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and everywhere else in America

Safety: Female Driver Fastening Seat Belt

Even with the additional emphasis by practically everyone – the media, automobile companies, the government (through their “Click It or Ticket” campaign) and even society in general – the percentage of teenagers who drive without wearing their seatbelts has remained largely unchanged over the last decade and a half. That according to statistics published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Approximately 20% do not wear their seat belt now, or 15 years ago; the percentage of male teen drivers not wearing seat belts is still about 10% higher than female teen drivers; and the percentage of teens who died in motor vehicle accidents who were not wearing their seat belt still hovers around 50%. To read more on these sobering and sad statistics, please go to the following articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

and

http://www.gallup.com/poll/6145/teens-buckling-up.aspx

Advocates of increasing teenage driver safety point to driving programs that “Driving programs that combine education, peer-to-peer strategies, publicized enforcement, and parental monitoring may show potential for increasing teen seat belt use.” – See more at:

http://www.teendriversource.org/stats/support_teens/detail/59#sthash.0KQmDMyw.dpuf

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we agree that driving programs that emphasize better education combined with stricter laws for those who refuse to wear seat belts could work to lower the numbers of teenager injuries and deaths in auto accidents. Ultimately, though, the greatest effect can most likely come from responsible parents, and peers who help to make wearing seat belts fashionable, and a must for all teenagers. WE applaud websites like the CDC and Teen Driver Source that are pushing every day to educate teenagers and their parents on the dangers of not wearing seat belts.

If you are injured in an auto accident because you or someone you love was not wearing a seat belt, 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 involving people not wearing their seat belts happen all of the time. If you are in an accident where someone got hurt because they were not wearing their seat belt, 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 offices are located in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 West Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. We service Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and anyone who needs help with their potential personal injury case anywhere throughout the state of Florida.

  • 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A
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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.

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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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.