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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.

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.

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.

Are hands-free cellphones really safe?

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.

How often is construction a factor in road deaths?

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.

Drugged driving rising across Rhode Island, nation

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.

Many Rhode Island residents ignoring new hands-free laws

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.

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