Follow up to last week’s blog re: the growing incidence and danger of prescription drugs causing DUI

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In our last blog we discussed the growing epidemic of DUI (Driving Under the Influence of a controlled substance) related arrests here in south Florida and throughout our country being caused by prescription drugs. The Tiger Woods DUI case has shown a spotlight on a problem that law enforcement has become all-too familiar with in recent years: prescription drugs are often powerful, and can become just as dangerous as alcohol when a person uses them and then gets behind the wheel of their motor vehicle.

In fact, taking a prescription drug before driving can be even more dangerous than alcohol because the danger of mixing prescription drugs and motor vehicle operation has been much less discussed and spotlighted than its counterpart alcohol. Furthermore, as The Palm Beach Post writers Jorge Millan and John Pacenti highlighted in their article on this very subject in last Thursday’s edition of The Palm Beach Post:

“According to a 2015 study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, about 43 percent of fatally injured drivers were found to have either prescription or illegal drugs in their system, compared with 37 percent of drivers who had consumed alcohol. In 2005, only 27 percent of fatally injured drivers showed evidence of drug use.

The American Automobile Association reports that “prescription drugs are the most prevalent of all drugs” found in fatally injured drivers (46.5 percent).”

Millan and Pacenti further pointed out that the danger of driving under the influence of prescription drugs is even more pronounced because many drivers are “unaware they are doing anything wrong by driving drugged.”

To read the entire article go to: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/tiger-woods-arrest-reflects-nationwide-surge-drugged-driving/SW8HpnE6rfpcY7d1yjK5bK/

As we stated in last week’s blog and as you see discussed clearly in this and many other articles, an impaired person is held responsible for all damages incurred in an accident, even if under the influence of prescription drugs and not alcohol or hard 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 unfortunately that DUI accidents happen all the time. If you are in an accident because of the negligence or drug use 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 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.

 

 

President Trump nominated Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. What could the effects be on personal injury (tort) law in the future?

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The views of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the open seat on the United States Supreme Court, are so far falling strongly upon party lines. The Republicans are trumpeting Judge Gorsuch’s record, experience and education while the Democrats are saying that he does not have the experience needed to fill the empty seat left in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing last February. The Democrats are also saying that the Judge is too conservative, using his briefs in the few cases he has had published as proof that he is ultra conservative and a potential threat to a number of Liberal causes, including Roe vs. Wade and universal healthcare.

 

Furthermore, the Democratic leadership in the Senate has verbalized its belief that this seat has been “stolen” by the Republicans for not allowing President Obama’s attempt to appoint Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court upon Justice Scalia’s death a year ago. There is little doubt that leading Democrats will push Judge Gorsuch very hard during his vetting hearing.

 

What does all this mean for you? Not all that much – yet. Even if Judge Gorsuch is able to win the nomination through the vote in the U.S. Senate after his vetting process (no sure thing at this time), he is still in effect replacing a Judge cut from a very similar conservative cloth. So, in effect the balance of the United State Supreme Court will be the same as it was when Judge Scalia occupied that seat.

 

As we mentioned in our recent blog regarding this open Supreme Court seat before we even knew that Judge Gorsuch would be President Trump’s nominee, replacing Justice Scalia with a Judge who is similarly conservative will keep the balance between liberal and conservative judges on the Supreme Court the same as before. The real effect on that balance will come if one of the liberal Justices, such as Justice Ginsberg or Justice Kennedy, step aside or die during Donald Trump’s presidency.

 

Adding one more conservative judge to the Supreme Court in addition to Judge Gorsuch could have a significant effect on that current balance. That could cause the court to take on a much more conservative tone moving forward. That is the time we all have to watch for.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne P.A. we believe it is important for all Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Tequesta, Stuart and all south Florida families to discuss the effect that changes in the makeup of our nation’s Supreme Court could have on future legal cases.

 

If you or someone you love have been in an accident, suffered from medical malpractice or been injured or killed from a slip and fall accident or defective product 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 a satisfactory resolution has been reached.

 

With over four decades of experience, that firm in south Florida is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne. Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com. We offer a free initial consultation to review your case.