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New law aims at curtailing distracted driving

Rhode Island readers know distracted driving is a significant problem in the state and across the country. More drivers than ever before have smartphones, and many of them use their phones to text, call and use social media while driving. In order to curtail the problem of distracted driving, state lawmakers have passed a new measure to reduce distracted driving.

With this new law, drivers can face consequences for simply having their phones in their hands. Law enforcement can pull a driver over for holding their phones up to their ears or in front of their faces. The purpose of this new law is to hopefully reduce the number of distracted driving accidents and the number of people injured by this reckless behavior.

What does this law mean for you?

State lawmakers passed this new measure last year, but it came into effect at the beginning June. You may find it beneficial to understand the following about the new law:

  • Phone calls made using hands-free technology and Bluetooth connections are fine, but drivers can only use their hands to start and end the call.
  • If law enforcement catches a driver using the phone while operating a vehicle, it can result in a $100 fine for the first violation.
  • After a $100 fine for the first infraction, the fines and penalties will increase with each subsequent violation. After the third, a driver could face a suspension of his or her license.

There are some who believe that this new law will only be effective if law enforcement takes measures to strongly enforce it. However, you can take a stand against distracted driving by holding liable parties accountable if you suffered in a car accident caused by an inattentive driver. Regardless of the laws in place, when negligent driving causes you harm, you have the right to file a civil claim for compensation.

Getting what you need for a full recovery

If you suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses. While legal recourse cannot reverse what happened to you, it allows you to seek the full amount of money you need for medical bills and other accident-related losses.

You may be unsure of the options available to you, but it can be beneficial to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case. This can allow you to understand if moving forward with a personal injury claim is a prudent course of action.

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