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How do medians help protect pedestrians in Rhode Island?

Pedestrians are killed every year while trying to cross the road. More than 70 percent of these accidents occur in the middle of the block where vehicles are traveling at higher speeds. Many pedestrians attempt to cross the road to access transit stations located on the other side. When constructed correctly, medians and other raised traffic channel measures have been shown to be effective in reducing the number of pedestrian crashes in these areas by 46 percent.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Can I Return to Work?

The ability of a traumatic brain injury victim to return to work must be carefully considered with the traumatic brain injury victim being fully aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses. Although returning to work following a traumatic brain injury is an extremely important goal in terms of getting on with one's life, a careful plan is necessitated.

Car crash injury and fatality statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about 2.36 million people were injured and 33,561 people died in traffic accidents across the United States in 2012. Rhode Island drivers could be interested in learning that while national traffic fatality statistics increased on 2011 records, state statistics declined slightly.

Motorcycle deaths across the country

Rhode Island residents may benefit from learning more about the traffic statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHSTA, 4,625 motorcycle riders were killed in motor vehicle collisions during 2012. Approximately 29 percent of these riders registered a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 percent. Rhode Island had for the highest proportion of impaired riders at 63 percent. Utah had the fewest deaths of impaired motorcyclists with a figure of around 3 percent.

What should I do after a car accident in Rhode Island?

The first thing a driver should remember to do after being involved in a car accident on Rhode Island is to stop their car. Leaving the scene of even a slight collision could result in a driver being handed a hit-and-run charge regardless of whether or not they caused the accident. If an operable vehicle is blocking traffic, the driver should pull their car over to a safe area.

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