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Unrestrained Motor Vehicle Fatality Stats In Rhode Island

 Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life, occurring all over the U.S. without warning. While many accidents are unavoidable, many are preventable. By taking the extra time to buckle their seat belt, drivers may reduce their risk of fatal injuries significantly. Below is an overview of Rhode Island fatal accident statistics involving drivers and passengers who were not restrained at the time of the crash. If you have been injured in a car accident, it may help you to speak with a Rhode Island personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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According to the Center For Disease Control or CDC, more than half of all people who die in motor vehicle accidents are unrestrained at the time of impact. In 2014, over 2 million people were treated in emergency rooms for accident injuries. Statistics also show that drivers ages 18 to 24 are less likely to wear their seat belts while driving or riding as a passenger. In addition, those who are riding in the back seat are less likely to put on their seat belt and are hurt more often than those driving or riding in the front seat.

Rhode Island Statistics

The total number of traffic fatalities in Rhode Island over the last several years are as follows:

  • 83 In 2009
  • 67 In 2010
  • 66 In 2011
  • 64 In 2012
  • 65 In 2013
  • 52 In 2014

The total number of those who died in Rhode Island accidents while being unrestrained are:

  • 32 In 2009
  • 26 In 2010
  • 23 In 2011
  • 20 In 2012
  • 19 In 2013
  • 14 In 2014

The state of Rhode Island had the following percentage of people for restraint use while riding in the front seat:

  • 75 Percent In 2009
  • 78 Percent In 2010
  • 80 Percent In 2011
  • 78 Percent In 2012
  • 86 Percent In 2013
  • 87 Percent In 2014

Police all over the United States have been enforcing seat belt laws more strictly in the last several years, which has resulted in fines and penalties for drivers. If you have been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact a  Providence personal injury attorney at once to discuss your case.

http://www.dot.ri.gov/documents/community/safety/Highway_Safety_Performance_Plan.pdf

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.