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Have millennial drivers earned their bad reputation?

These days, residents of Rhode Island and the rest of the nation who fall within the “millennial” age group get a bad rap, with some believing they are lazier and more entitled than their older peers. While this may or may not be true, depending on the person, one area in which it appears millennials have earned their unsavory reputation is with regard to their driving.

According to USA Today, millennial drivers are, in fact, bad, and they are so bad, it appears, that the publication dubbed them “highway hazards.” Additionally, according to a recent report, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to engaging in dangerous driving behaviors behind the wheel, which might include texting, speeding and running red lights, among others.

Does aggressive driving pose a danger?

Have you ever been driving along only to be cut-off by another driver? Has another motorist yelled at you while passing or used inappropriate gestures to display their anger? Maybe you have been the one to display these behaviors while trying to get to an important meeting or appointment. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence in Rhode Island or throughout the United States. According to AAA, 80 percent of motorists across the country admit to having experienced anger while driving.

Aggressive driving, otherwise referred to as road rage, happens quite frequently, as some drivers cannot seem to control their anger while navigating the road. Aggressive drivers may display dangerous driving behaviors that can increase your risk of getting into a serious car accident. It is important that you know what these hazardous behaviors are so you can keep on the lookout for aggressive drivers and avoid them whenever possible.

Does workers' comp cover accidents on my commute?

Rhode Island employees benefit in many ways from the workers' compensation insurance their employers carry. This insurance provides coverage for the medical expenses, lost wages and certain other costs associated with an injury or illness suffered because of workplace duties.

In addition to injuries you may suffer on the job from falls, machinery or struck-by accidents, workers' comp may cover you if your work environment results in illness or other conditions, such as carpal tunnel, asthma or hearing loss. However, what happens if you are injured in an accident while driving to work?

Dangers of winter storm driving and safety tips

It is no secret that winter storm driving is a very real hazard in Rhode Island, but many want to know, just how dangerous is it to drive in the snow and other adverse weather conditions? According to Safe Winter Roads, very.

According to the organization, approximately 116,000 Americans are injured on snowy, icy or slushy roads each year, and more than 1,300 die in similar conditions. Approximately 900 individuals die in crashes during sleet or snowfall each year, and another 76,000 individuals sustain injuries.

How much can you expect to get if approved for SSDI?

As a resident of Rhode Island who has a disability that is substantial enough to prevent you from working, you may be thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration. You may, too, have questions about just how much money you can expect to receive each month, if approved, so that you can get a better idea of how to plan for your long-term financial future.

According to the Motley Fool, one in four of today’s 20-year-old Americans will suffer a debilitating injury before reaching age 67. In other words, it is entirely possible that you may need to apply for Social Security benefits at some point in an effort to support yourself. There is, however, no clear-cut answer to the question of how much you can expect to receive, if approved, on a monthly basis.

Motorcyclist killed by repeat drunk driver

Rhode Island residents may often hear about how the state has very strong laws when it comes to drunk driving. It is possible for a person convicted of driving under the influence to lose the right to drive for a while or even to spend time in jail. At the same time, most area residents still continue to hear reports about accidents caused by people who make the choice to drive when they are intoxicated. This logically may make people wonder if the laws are strong enough and what else they can or should do to crack down on these negligent drivers.

The family of a 25-year-old man from Blackstone is likely asking these type of questions today as they struggle with the loss of their loved one at the hands of a drunk driver. As reported by Wicked Local, a driver who had previously been charged with a DUI is said to have been driving a passenger vehicle and struck another man who was riding on a motorcycle. The biker did not die at the scene of the crash but instead survived for two-and-a-half weeks before succumbing to his injuries.

High school football teams dwindle due to head injury concerns

High school activity programs in Rhode Island and nearby states may experience decreased participation in football. For example, a math teacher and coach in Metuchen, New Jersey uses a beginning-of-the-year survey to identify students who are not playing sports and actively attempts to recruit them to his football team. A dramatic statewide decline in active partaking in high school football programs over two consecutive years has driven him to these drastic measures. For the first time in nine decades, his team forfeited a recent game due to a lack of sufficient players to make up an entire squad, and according to coaches and administrators, growing concern over head injuries is the primary reason for dwindling student involvement in this particular activity.

A researcher who has been studying declining participation in the sport finds the situation in New Jersey to be consistent with a growing trend nationwide. His research identifies two significant events that have correlated with the most dramatic drops in high school football involvement across the United States. The most recent of these drops was in 2015, coinciding with the release of the movie "Concussion," which criticized the National Football League for allegedly putting its profits ahead of players' welfare. An earlier drop occurred in 2012 following the suicide of a Hall of Famer for whom repeated blows to the head contributed to a degenerative brain disorder. 

Why do semitrailer accidents happen?

If you are a victim of an accident involving a large commercial vehicle or semitrailer in Rhode Island, you understand how serious these accidents can be. Due to the large size and weight of these types of vehicles, crashes involving these trucks can have catastrophic consequences. Even a low-speed collision can result in serious or even fatal injuries for the people in smaller, lighter vehicles.

It may be helpful to understand why these types of accidents happen and what you can do to protect your interests as an accident victim. Many of these collisions are the result of preventable factors and negligence. You could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against a liable party, allowing you to claim financial compensation for your losses.

Why is it important to prepare a boat for winter?

When the warm weather turns cold in Rhode Island, you have to begin thinking about putting your boat away for the winter. Winterizing your boat is an important part of ownership. According to V-Dock, it will help ensure that come spring, you do not end up with costly repairs or worse than that damage you do not see that could put you at risk of a boating accident once you hit the water again. It also ensures that your boat is kept safe during the colder months and that you do not become a victim of theft or vandalism.

One of the first things you need to do is remove anything valuable from your boat. This includes things inside the boat that you may have stored there all summer. Do an inspection to be sure everything of value is removed. You also need to properly protect electronics that cannot be removed. Electronics are easily damaged by cold weather. They have to be covered so that no moisture can get to them at all. Otherwise, you may return in the spring to completely useless electronic systems.

Driving under the influence applies to watercrafts

Rhode Island offers an abundance of water activities, from open water fishing to spending an afternoon cruising or jet skiing. The boating rules are similar to those of automobiles in many ways.  

According to Boat Ed, it is against Rhode Island law to operate watercraft while intoxicated, regardless of whether it is on the open water, or in the many inlets and coves along the shore. Watercraft includes sailboats and sailboards, powerboats, water skis or any similar device. Alcohol use can impair balance and judgment as well as result in poor coordination and slow reaction times.

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