Among the many types of injuries suffered by motorists who are involved in accidents on Rhode Island roadways, spinal cord injuries are particularly serious. When the spinal cord is damaged due to trauma, its ability to carry impulses between the brain and various parts of the body is interrupted, and loss of function occurs. Approximately 30 new spinal cord injuries are reported daily. Although researchers have made promising advances in the lab, a cure has not yet been discovered.
Many people have probably heard about the dangers of texting and driving, yet the incidence of accidents caused by people who are doing just that is increasing. Across the United States, an average of nine people die every year and 1,153 people are seriously injured in accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by cellphones, electronic devices or eating, and the numbers show no signs of decreasing.
Most people will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives. Car accidents cause physical and emotional injury. They disrupt work, personal lives and can result in lost wages. Types of physical injuries suffered can range from muscle sprain and tearing, typically called soft tissue injuries, to more serious injuries such as dislocations, fractures and even death. Drivers and passengers can and do suffer shoulder injuries upon impact.
Those in Rhode Island who have been in a motor vehicle accident may suffer afterward from post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to any physical injuries that may have been sustained. While some fear and anxiety is normal after an accident, when emotions become unmanageable and start to interfere with daily activities a victim may need to seek further help.
Rhode Island residents know that driving while distracted can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn just what constitutes distracted driving. Using a cellphone to talk or text is not the only cause of distracted driving.
Rhode Island residents may benefit from learning more about the traffic statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHSTA, 4,625 motorcycle riders were killed in motor vehicle collisions during 2012. Approximately 29 percent of these riders registered a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 percent. Rhode Island had for the highest proportion of impaired riders at 63 percent. Utah had the fewest deaths of impaired motorcyclists with a figure of around 3 percent.
Rhode Island residents may benefit from reviewing the penalties for motorists who flee the scene of an accident. Drivers involved in an accident causing death, personal injuries or property damage are required to stop immediately, without obstructing traffic, and remain on-scene until police arrive. Anyone who knowingly fails to stop after an accident with personal injury may be subjected to a one to five-year license revocation, up to $5,000 in fines and up to five years behind bars.
Backhoe tractors are large and heavy and can inflict serious damage when they are involved in an auto crash, especially when the other vehicle involved is a motorcycle. When a driver is injured from another person’s inappropriate operation of a tractor, they may question what legal rights they have after their accident. A Rhode Island man who was injured in an auto crash recently reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the man with whom he collided.
In one day, Route 146 in Rhode Island saw the death of two people. One car crash occurred between two vehicles. The other occurred between a tractor-trailer and a pedestrian.
Most motorists know that driving in the dark might be confusing for some drivers. Making sure of important things like which is the correct direction of travel on the highway might be difficult. Of course, other factors could be involved in a driver ending up on the wrong side of the road. Determining whether any factors such as impairment were involved In a recent wrong-way car accident could be the focus of a current police investigation in Rhode Island.