Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. safety – tips to keep you safe while operating or riding upon a motorcycle

Motorcycle riding on the open road

Summer is here – for motorcycle riders, that means heading out on the open road to quench their thirst for the excitement and freedom that comes along with driving their motorcycles. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we understand the lure of motorcycles for those who love them. We also realize that motorcycle driving can be very dangerous, particularly on the crowded highways here in south Florida.

 

With that in mind, we offer a list of tips for safe motorcycle driving and riding:

 

  1. Drive defensively
    1. Bad automobile drivers cause accidents with motorcycles; but so too do bad motorcycle drivers themselves. Aggressively operating a motorcycle causes a significant number of motorcycle accidents, as well.
  2. Do NOT drink and operate or ride on a motorcycle
    1. In a study cited in an article on motorcyclecruiser.com, the California Highway Patrol found that 69 percent of all at-fault motorcycle collisions happened when the rider was “under the influence” of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Follow the rules of the road
    1. Piggybacking on tip #2, following the rules of the road gives you a much better chance of getting back home safe and sound.
  4. Consistently check your motorcycle, particularly after longer rides, to make sure it is in proper working condition.
  5. If you have not done so already, take a motorcycle safety course.
  6. Both driver and rider should wear well-made protective helmets.
    1. Yes, we realize that here in Florida by law you can operate or ride on a motorcycle without a helmet or protective headgear. However, we have seen the results of what riding without a helmet can do in an accident. A helmet can save you from severe brain damage and even death. It is your head, your brain and your life – protect it.
  7. You should also wear protective clothing.
    1. Protective clothing can significantly lessen the damage to your body, particularly to your skin.
  8. Stay out of the blind spots of automobile and truck drivers
    1. The biggest problem with weaving in and out of traffic when you are operating your motorcycle is that invariably you end up crossing into and out of blind spots. As a result you significantly raise the chance that someone will accidently move into your path from another lane.
  9. Always be aware of road hazards and obstructions

 

If you or a person you know gets hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation, please contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400. You can also contact us easily by filling out the CASE REVIEW FORM on our website.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that motorcycle 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 a motorcycle accident, then go to http://www.palmbeachgardensmotorcycleaccident.com/palm-beach-gardens-motorcycle-injury-attorneys.html. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Auto Accidents 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 place in 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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Motorcycle accidents hurt and kill thousands of people in Florida every year

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The reports come in all-too-frequently here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart and practically every city and town throughout south Florida and beyond:

 

Earlier this very evening: “One person is injured after a crash involving a motorcycle and a truck near Loxahatchee Tuesday evening, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

First responders were called to the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and Hall Boulevard, just east of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, where a motorcycle and a truck collided after 9 p.m. The crash caused a fire on at least one of the vehicles and one person was injured, according to fire rescue.

The unidentified person was flown by the the Trauma Hawk to a local hospital. The person’s condition is unknown at this time. It’s unclear if anyone else was injured in the crash.”

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/breaking-injured-motorcycle-crash-near-loxahatchee/2ogq1JPRzeVE0bCGvN5DHN/

 

And this afternoon: “WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident near Military Trail and Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue PIO Capt. Don Delucia, one person has died.

The intersection is currently shut down and drivers are being diverted from the area.”

http://www.wflx.com/story/15886031/fatal-motorcycle-accident

 

And just this past Sunday: “Two motorcyclists from Palm Beach County died Sunday afternoon after their motorcycle hit a truck.

The accident occurred on Southeast Dixie Highway at Southeast Winged Foot Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Scot Brian Fertig, 58, of West Palm Beach, was southbound at 2:20 p.m. on Southeast Dixie Highway when he crossed into northbound traffic, hitting the front end of a Toyota Tundra truck driven by Jonathan Rivera, 22, of Hobe Sound.

Fertig and a passenger on the motorcycle, Dianne Denise Resinkoff, 42, of Lake Worth, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.”

http://www.treasurecoast.com/two-dead-in-motorcycle-accident/

 

Unfortunately, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance you will suffer significant injury, and possibly even die. According to statistics compiled by state and federal highway authorities, Florida continues to lead nation in motorcycle accidents on a yearly basis. In fact, almost 1 in 10 of the almost 5,000 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in the entire United States occur right here in Florida. On top of that, almost 10,000 were injured – many seriously – in our state alone.

 

At, Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne P.A. we have over four decades of experience working with clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents causing serious injury and death. We strongly believe in helping to promote motorcycle safety in our communities here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart as well as throughout the state of Florida.

 

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our Palm Beach Gardens Injury Attorneys are here to help.  The reality is…if you’re a Florida biker living in the Palm Beaches, it’s not a matter of if you’ll be involved in an accident, but most likely when. Knowing the right (and wrong) things to do at the scene can be critical to ensuring your immediate legal and financial protection as well as your physical and emotional well-being down the road. That’s where we come in.

 

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a motorcycle 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 motorcycle 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://www.palmbeachgardensmotorcycleaccident.com/palm-beach-gardens-motorcycle-injury-attorneys.html. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Auto Accidents 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 place in 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.

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 changes in federal “personal injury” law could result from Donald Trump’s surprise victory combined with a Republican-controlled Congress

Almost three weeks have passed since Donald Trump surprisingly won enough electoral college votes to become the President-elect. In addition, the Republicans were able to keep control over both the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. As a result, a number of our clients, perspective clients and business partners have asked us what the effects could be on potential personal injury and malpractice victims in the future here in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

 

First of all, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of personal injury cases are governed by either local or state law, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, slip and fall cases (under state premises law) and most malpractice cases. So much of what we have experienced in cases here in south Florida over the last 5 to 10 years will remain largely the same.

 

The potential change that we will watch for is in regards to “Tort Reform”. Many Republicans have stated over the last decade or so that they would push for federal Tort Reform, thereby restricting the rights of injured parties. In fact, a Tort Reform bill known as The Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016 passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year before it got gridlocked in the Senate.

 

With Republican President Donald Trump combined with a Republican-controlled Congress and Trump’s ability to appoint at least one “conservative” judge to the Supreme Court thereby giving the Judiciary Branch a conservative majority as well, it could well present a perfect storm leading to Tort Reform with monetary damage caps and other laws and decisions that will hurt the injured.

 

We believe that all Americans need to keep a close watch on what bills get proposed over the next 2 years in Congress – and be willing to voice your opinion if there is a bill that goes against the protection of the rights of your fellow Americans when they have been wrongfully injured or killed.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. we realize that the combination of a Republican President and Republican-controlled Congress could have a negative effect on the rights of injured people. 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 accident or the victim of malpractice, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/.

 

We specialize in Wrongful Death and Serious Injury, Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, 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.

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne offers thanks to all of our living military veterans – Happy Veterans Day

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We have just come through an amazing presidential campaign, one marked by divisiveness and many twists and turns before ending in a truly amazing outcome where an outsider with no political background is now the President-elect… Whichever way you voted here in the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach South Florida and Treasure Coast areas, at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we hope you did get out and vote. Exercising your right to do so is one of the most important and cherished rights of being an American citizen.

 

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day – an important day when we honor our living military veterans (Memorial Day honors our military veterans who have passed away), the men and women who help to make our continued freedoms as Americans possible. We thank all of you who are serving or have served in our military! We truly appreciate what you have done for all of us, your families and ours.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we have practiced law in Jupiter, Florida, Palm Beach County, and the Treasure Coast since the early 1970’s. During that time we have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

 

We limit our practice to serious injury and wrongful death arising out of severe accidents and medical negligence. Those areas of personal injury law we focus on include automobile accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products and medical malpractice. We look forward to meeting you and fulfilling the needs of you and your family.

 

Contact our Palm Beach law firm using our Case Review Form right on our website with questions about your legal issue. Or, call us directly at (561) 686-3400. Provide a much information as possible regarding your inquiry. While this contact does not serve to establish an attorney/client relationship, it will allow our legal team to begin an assessment of your case. Please note that your initial consultation with our law firm is FREE.

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.

Steps you need to take if you are involved in a Slip & Fall accident

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“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.