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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have used your cellphone while driving along a Rhode Island roadway, you are not alone. Thousands of people across the U.S. engage in this type of distracted behavior while driving on a daily basis. In Rhode Island, it is illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many people have been injured or lost their lives as a result of this dangerous practice.
Rhode Island drivers like you may have driven at night and during the day before. Have you ever wondered if driving at one time is more dangerous than driving at the other? Risks exist on the road at any time of the day, but night driving actually poses a few more dangers.
These days, it seems it is all but impossible to travel across Rhode Island without encountering road construction, with new highway development and road improvements seemingly underway around every corner. Any time typical traffic patterns undergo disruption, it can cause confusion for motorists, which is why construction zones are often a factor in roadway traffic accidents and related fatalities.
Anytime you take to the Rhode Island roadway, you assume a certain amount of risk, but the dangers of sharing the road increase substantially if others choose to drive under the influence. While the media and law enforcement agencies have long documented the dangers associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol, the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs have historically received less attention. At Karns Law Group, we understand that drivers who abuse drugs endanger everyone else on state roads, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury because of the actions of other drivers pursue appropriate recourse.
As a Rhode Island resident and motorist, you may be well aware that a new law took effect in June that requires hands-free cellphone use for all drivers within state lines. While the new law seeks to improve safety for everyone on the roadway by reducing distracted driving-related accidents, it can only do so if drivers follow it – which many of them are failing to do. At Karns Law Group, we recognize that serious repercussions can result when motorists use handheld phones while behind the wheel, and we have helped many people involved in accidents with such drivers pursue appropriate recourse.
Distracted driving is an epidemic on American roadways, including in Rhode Island. According to the American Bar Association, distracted driving accidents resulted in 421,000 injuries and 3300 deaths in 2012. However, what does the term "distracted driving" really mean?