If you have ever lost a friend or family member to a car crash, you know how devastating it can be. Perhaps you have been in an accident yourself. Maybe, that time, you were lucky and were not injured. Every day in America, lives are lost and people are injured due to another driver not taking responsibility when getting behind the wheel of their car.
Negligent Driving in Rhode Island | East Providence car accident attorney
Over 37,000 people die each year because of car accidents. Over 1,600 of these fatalities are children under the age of 15. The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of auto accidents are caused by talking on cell phones or texting while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 40% of vehicle fatalities were caused by alcohol consumption.
An intoxicated driver, or a driver who is texting, is more likely to miss a traffic signal, lose control of their vehicle, or be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. A few other factors that can contribute to negligent driving are driving while fatigued, speeding and aggressive driving. Driving while fatigued can mimic the same symptoms of intoxicated driving such as falling asleep, impeded stop time and slowed reaction time. Speeding reduces a person’s ability to stop in time and maintain control of their vehicle. Aggressive driving can lead to accidents because of switching lanes, tailgating, and blocking a motorist’s ability to move.
Other things that can contribute to crashes are weather, condition of roads and highways and faulty traffic signals, or an animal running out into the road. These can’t be controlled by the driver, but the driver can control what they do when they get behind the wheel.
You Have Recourse | East Providence car accident attorney
You can consult a RI personal injury attorney or East Providence car accident attorney to help you decide what steps you need to take to find recourse for damages, injuries, medical bills, and funeral expenses. While financial compensation can never bring back a loved one or give you back the life you once knew, it can help ease the worry and strain over financial difficulties resulting from a car crash.
“There is little or no dispute about the facts of this case. On October 23, 2006, at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and Broad Street in Cranston, plaintiff Barbara Cayer was stopped at a red light. Directly behind plaintiff’s car was a van that was being operated by defendant Nelson Ovalles, who was employed as a cable installer. According to Ovalles, while he was stopped at the red light, he glanced at a work order and then raised his eyes to see that the light had turned green. He said that he removed his foot from the brake in anticipation of proceeding through the intersection, but he instead rear-ended plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff alleged that she sustained injuries as a result of the accident…. On October 22, 2009, the day before the three-year statute of limitations for personal-injury actions was to expire, plaintiff sued Nelson Ovalles and his wife, Flor Ovalles. The plaintiff also named Cox, a telecommunications service provider, as a defendant, alleging that that company was vicariously liable because it was “the agency wh[ich] controlled the use and purpose for the operation of the defendants’ vehicle[.]” 85 A.3d 1140 (2014) Barbara C. CAYER v. COX RHODE ISLAND TELECOM, LLC d/b/a Cox Communications et al. Nos. 2012-23-Appeal, 2012-24-Appeal. Supreme Court of Rhode Island. February 21, 2014. 1141*1141 Ronald J. Resmini, Esq., Providence, for Plaintiff. Stanley F. Pupecki, Esq., James G. Atchison, Esq., Providence, for Defendant. Present: SUTTELL, C.J., GOLDBERG, FLAHERTY, ROBINSON, and INDEGLIA, JJ. OPINION Justice FLAHERTY, for the Court.