According to statistics provided by the State Police and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), traffic deaths in the state were down in 2015 when compared to statistics from 2010. According to the numbers, there were 45 traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 67 in 2010.
Despite this encouraging trend, Col. Steven O’Donnell remarked that this number was still too high, and that “we want to take that death rate down.” While the overall figures for traffic fatalities are down in the state, the number of accidents caused by texting while driving is actually on the rise, with this dangerous behavior responsible for as many as 25% of all car accidents in the U.S. A driver who is texting is actually 2,400% more likely to cause an accident than a driver who is not texting.
Drunk driving also remains a problem in the state, accounting for an approximate 1/3 of highway deaths in Rhode Island.
To help reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would prohibit drivers from using cell phones that are not hands-free, as even talking on the phone poses a serious threat to roadway safety. In fact, drivers who are speaking on a cell phone are 300% more likely to get into an accident than drivers not talking on their phones.
Fifty-three-year-old Pawtucket, Rhode Island resident Rigoberto Vasquez is now in police custody. Vasquez was apprehended after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the area of 535 Roosevelt Avenue in Central Falls on Sunday, January 17 at around 3:00 in the morning.
Vasquez was arrested by Rhode Island police on Monday, January 18 and was charged with driving while intoxicated, accident resulting in personal injury, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and driving with an expired license.
The pedestrian Vasquez hit was identified as 51-year-old Gary Laramee from Pawtucket. Laramee was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries over the weekend.
Vasquez is currently being held at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute and was assigned a $100,000 bail. A witness to the accident told officers that a vehicle sped away after striking Laramee, and police stopped Vasquez a few blocks away from the scene after noticing that the vehicle he was driving matched witnesses’ descriptions and had some front end damage consistent with a pedestrian accident.
Are you wondering which type of trial will be a better option for you as you seek justice in your personal injury case? You’re not alone. Many experienced personal injury attorneys will recommend one over the other, as each offers their own benefits and drawbacks.
When a judge determines the outcome of a personal injury trial, it’s called a “bench trial.” In these situations, the judge will assume two roles: first, he or she will determine the admissibility of evidence; second, he or she will rule on the credibility of that evidence as well as that of any witnesses in order to deliver a final verdict.
A bench trial is generally considered to be favorable for complex cases that involve a great deal of legal jargon, as these types of cases pose the risk of confusing or overloading a jury. However, a personal injury case is a civil case and therefore the standard of proof is less complicated than in criminal trials. Also, juries are more inclined to be swayed by the emotional aspects of a case, and emotional appeals are a major aspect of most personal injury cases.
Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., are skilled and experienced in representing victims of accidents in both bench and jury trials. We will work with you throughout this process in order to build a strong claim to compensation on your behalf. To speak to a member of our Rhode Island legal team about your situation today, call us at (401) 751-8855.
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If you believe that your accident and injury was caused by the negligence of another person, there is good reason for you to begin exploring what compensation may be available to you by filing a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims that are based on allegations of negligence will need to be able to demonstrate that the following are true:
- A duty existed—i.e. not to operate a vehicle while intoxicated;
- That this duty was disregarded—i.e. the responsible party did drive while intoxicated;
- That an accident was caused by this disregard for duty—i.e. the accident was the result of the responsible party being intoxicated;
- This disregard of the duty caused actual harm—i.e. you or a loved one was hurt by the intoxicated driver.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, you should consult with a Rhode Island personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., about the legal rights and options available to you at this difficult time. To speak with an experienced and caring personal injury attorney in Rhode Island about the particulars of your situation, please call our offices at (401) 751-8855 today.