Prescription drug abuse continues to lead to more DUI arrests in Jupiter and throughout Florida

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By now almost everyone in south Florida and throughout the rest of the country has heard about Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest here in Jupiter early Monday morning. As more details have come out about the arrest, one of Tiger’s own statements that has received attention has been his contention that he was actually not under the influence of alcohol, but of a combination of prescription drugs.

 

When most of us think of DUI – Driving Under the Influence, we think of alcohol, hard core drugs like cocaine. The truth is that prescription drugs make up a significant portion of DUI arrests. Although the exact percentages are not known due to a lack of specific statistics, a 2010 study showed that prescription drugs were the 2nd most abused drug before driving when a fatal accident was involved. Only marijuana usage was higher on that list, while driving under the influence of cocaine caused only 25% of the number of automobile accident fatalities as prescription drugs, according to that same study.

 

To read about that study, go to: http://www.recoveryfirst.org/dui-drugged-driving/

 

Prescription drug abuse has become a serious problem in the United States. Numerous studies, stories and articles have highlighted the fact that pain clinics (sometimes referred to as “pill mills”) right here in Florida are helping to fuel the growth in this abuse problem.

 

Here is one of those many articles on this topic: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/08/25/florida-fuels-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic-archive/89299090/

 

In the state of Florida, the term DUI in our statutes encompasses significantly more than just alcohol, or even alcohol and hard-core drugs. Prescription drug use and abuse is involved in a significant amount of the motor vehicle accidents on our roadways and waterways – and you need a law firm well-versed in the laws of our state to help you get the compensation you deserve if you are involved in an accident caused by someone who is impaired by prescription drugs, or other drugs or alcohol in the state of Florida.

 

Just as with alcohol, that impaired person is held responsible for all damages incurred in the accident, even if under the influence of prescription drugs. That is obvious to most people. Fewer people realize that in this scenario you may also be considered a victim of a criminal act under our state law.

 

 

If you or a person you care about gets injured in a vehicle accident caused by a driver under the influence 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 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.

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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.

What should I do if I get in an accident with an out-of-state driver in Florida?

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Two days ago summer officially turned into fall. For all of us who live here in Florida it means that “season” is fast approaching. The time when snow birds from all over the northern states and Canada descend upon our beautiful state. It also means that the number of automobile accidents involving out-of-state drivers is about to rise substantially, as well.

Statistics tell us that Florida falls behind only California as the most visited state in the country – ahead of even New York, Texas and Nevada. Our state remains one of the highest traveled-to states in America – both by airplane, and of course by car. Our multiple metropolitan areas are centers of both tourism and business. As a result our state sees millions of out-of-state drivers cross our borders each year.

In most cases, out-of-state drivers carry insurance from their home state.  Automobile insurance coverage in other states is often different than the coverage required for Florida. Therefore, if you or someone you love gets involved in an accident with a driver from another state, or another country that you need to know in order to make sure you receive the proper treatment by everyone involved.

Information you should be aware of if you are involved in an accident caused by a person from another state:

  • You can bring a claim against the out of state driver
  • You can make your claim in Florida and if a lawsuit is filed you will be able to file the lawsuit in the county within Florida in which the accident occurred. Long-Arm Statute (Fl. Stat. 48.193) law provides that when a driver crosses into Florida, they automatically consent to appear in Florida Courts in the event of an automobile accident.
  • In most instances the out of state driver’s insurance will be valid for accidents which occur in Florida
  • You are entitled to receive a copy of the out of state driver’s insurance policy

It is important that after an automobile accident that you contact law enforcement and you wait at the scene with the other driver until they arrive.  While you are waiting on law enforcement to arrive and if you are physically able you should also take pictures of the other driver’s car including their license plate.  Also, don’t leave the scene without receiving the full name and address of the other driver, the name of their insurance company along with the policy number, if possible take a picture of their insurance card and driver’s license.

The lawyers at Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances.  When an out-of-state driver is involved, we conduct a thorough investigation, and 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 in cases against in-state or out-of-state perpetrators.

If you or a person you care about gets hurt or killed in 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 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. Unfortunately, they can be complicated by issues such as the driver who caused the accident comes from out of state, with out of state insurance coverage. 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 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.

How to choose a personal injury attorney in Florida if you suffer injuries in an auto accident

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You have been in an accident, and you have unfortunately suffered injuries, either to yourself, your property, and/or someone you love. You realize you need an attorney to protect your rights, and help you to receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. Choosing the right personal injury law firm can ensure that your case gets settled in the most advantageous manner for you. But you are unsure of what things you should consider when choosing the best firm to help you with your case.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission offers these pointers for choosing an attorney, as listed on the www.dmv.org  website. Start by looking for a legal firm that has experience and a good record settling personal injury cases. Some of the ways to find an attorney who specializes in auto accident settlements include:

  • Ask friends, family and associates.
  • Call your state bar association.
  • Check with a lawyer referral service.
  • In states like Florida that allow lawyers to advertise, you may find one through an ad, HOWEVER, ALWAYS Interview more than one lawyer before deciding who will represent you.

Most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation. If the one you call first does not, move on. At the initial consultation:

  • Discuss all fees and costs at your initial consultation.
  • Get any details in writing before you make a commitment.
  • Choose a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable discussing your case and with whom you can be honest, AND the firm that will ask all of the right questions; not just of you, but also of the legal firm on the other side and the insurance companies involved.

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances.  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 a person you care about gets hurt or killed in 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 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 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 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 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.