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?
Whether you routinely drive Rhode Island's busy streets during morning rush hour or on the weekends, the chances are high that you will witness a car accident - and maybe more than one - during a lifetime of travel.
Rhode Island may be a small state relative to most of the other 49 states in the nation and therefore the number of traffic accidents that occur in the state may not at first seem all that bad to people who live elsewhere. However, when you stop to think that every person who dies in a car crash leaves behind people who loved them, the actual number of people killed in crashes is no longer the measure of what is acceptable. The fact remains that only when no accidents and fatalities occur can people be pleased with the statistics.
Rhode Island roads are getting safer, and it is thanks in part to new developments in automobile safety. However, while these updates tend to save lives, they are unable to prevent injury resulting from the massive forces involved in a typical auto accident.
While there is a lot of talk about crazy drivers, speeders, drunk drivers and distracted drivers on the roadways in Rhode Island, it is not always other drivers that put you at risk for an accident. In fact, many accidents are caused by bad weather conditions.
If you get into a car accident in Rhode Island, one of the most important things is that you have car insurance. Insurance helps you pay for damages and can prevent you from ending up in court or in financial trouble. When it comes to insurance, though, there are many things people do not understand. You may have heard some of the myths out there. Here are a few common insurance myths cleared up by the Insurance Information Institute.
Fatigued driving has been getting a lot of press due to how dangerous it is. There are many misconceptions about it, and many drivers in Rhode Island are guilty of doing it without even realizing it. To be a good driver and to stay safe on the roads, you should become familiar with what fatigued driving is and how it can affect you.
Every parent eventually comes to the point in time when their child wants to learn to drive. While this can be quite scary and daunting, parents take on the responsibility of being a good teacher who instills proper values and skills in their children to ensure they are safe on Rhode Island roadways. It is the skills a child learns at the hands of a parent that stick with him or her for life and really shape the type of driver he or she becomes.