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May 2015 Archives

What can help a driver control an RV on a mountain road?

Spring is quickly approaching and the weather will soon be perfect for having a vacation adventure. Rhode Islanders who own recreational vehicles may be especially excited about the possibilities. And perhaps some of the finest vacationing may be done in the mountains of the northeastern region of the United States.

Product Liability - Collapsing Chairs

Many people are injured from chairs that collapse as they sit in them giving rise to serious product liability cases. The injuries are usually quite serious as the unsuspecting person sits in a chair and it collapses causing the spine to compress or causing a striking of the head or both.

What could help pedestrians stay safe when crossing the street?

For some Rhode Island residents, walking is one of life's great simple pleasures. A stroll around the neighborhood can give you the opportunity to relax, meet up with neighbors and get some exercise. But when crossing the street, we must remember the rules we were taught when we were children. Looking both ways prior to entering a crosswalkk is still vital for our safety.

North Providence motorcyclist killed in accident

Recently, a 57-year-old North Providence man died after succumbing to critical injuries. The injuries were the result of a motorcycle accident. According to an accident reconstruction team, the motorcycle apparently flipped over after the 57-year-old was unable to maintain control. Speed is considered a possible factor in the crash.

Gov't pushes for technology that can reduce fatal highway crashes

Rhode Island drivers may be interested in one innovation in highway construction that can lead to a reduction in highway fatalities. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration is recommending that states develop new standards for using this technology in all of their new highway paving projects.

Rhode Island drivers and the risk of distracted driving

Rhode Island drivers may take interest in a Liberty Mutual Research Institution for Safety study which found that a two-second glance away from the road makes it more difficult to anticipate driving hazards. Even momentary distractions, such as checking a smartphone for a call or message, may increase the risk of a car accident. During the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recommended two-second limit for looking away from the road, a vehicle traveling at 70 miles per hour travels approximately 200 feet.

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