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.
When you are involved in a car accident in Rhode Island, your first thoughts may not be about yourself. You may be worried about passengers or people in the other vehicle. You may be concerned about the damage done. Even right after the accident, you may still be focused on the financial aspects. As long as you feel fine right after the accident, you may dismiss any chance you could be injured and be quick to enter into an insurance settlement.
In Rhode Island and every other state in the country, there are laws requiring children to be properly restrained when riding in a vehicle. This has not always been the case. Car seats are actually a rather new invention. However, they are now mandatory based on a child's age and weight. You may wonder why this is and how car seats actually protect a child.
As reported by WPRI.com, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill in June 2017 to make it illegal for Rhode Island motorists to hold a cell phone to their ear while driving. The vote was 57-7. The Senate had passed a similar bill a few months earlier. Under Rhode Island law, the two bills will need to be reconciled so each chamber can pass the same bill. Gov. Gina Raimondo has indicated that she supports such a bill, but will need to review the exact language before signing it. Rhode Island already bans texting while driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Rhode Island, you were likely left wondering who was at fault. In almost any type of accident, the collision was caused by the mistakes made by one or both drivers, meaning that either you or the other driver will be given responsibility for the crash. We at Karns Law Group can help you navigate the complicated legal aspects of a car accident and represent your rights in court.