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Five Tips to Help Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are deadlier than car accidents since the cyclist is out in the open and not enclosed in a metal cage. In 2019, 5,014 motorcycle riders were killed in an accident, and roughly 84,000 were injured. During the same year, 14 percent of all vehicle accidents included a motorcycle.

One of the reasons motorcycle injuries can be more devastating is the higher risk of head injuries. In 2019, 57 percent of cyclists who were killed were not wearing their helmets. Whether you’re riding across town or taking a long road trip, following these tips can help prevent a motorcycle accident.

Assume You Can’t Be Seen

Motorcyclists are less visible than other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, while riding, the cyclist can fall within the blind spot of a car or large commercial truck. Motorcycle accidents can occur because the driver didn’t see the motorcycle and thought it came out of nowhere.

It’s safest to assume that the cars and trucks on the road don’t see you. You can increase the potential that you will be seen by wearing bright colors and reflective elements on your clothing and your bike. Black may look cool, but bright colors help you to be visible.

Be sure to keep the headlight on your bike turned on day and night and ride in the section of the lane that makes you most visible. Don’t engage in lane splitting. This is the practice of riding between lanes in slow-moving traffic. While lane splitting, the motorcycle is too close to other vehicles, and the drivers of motor vehicles do not expect to see a motorcyclist between themselves and the next car.

Stay Alert, Focused, and Aware

It is crucial for cyclists to stay aware of their surroundings, be focused on the road, and stay alert while driving. A sudden stop or change in traffic speed can happen at any moment. Listening to music or talking on the phone can cause enough distraction that you are unable to react to changes in traffic or obstacles on the road in sufficient time to avoid a collision.

Never operate a motorcycle when you’re sleepy or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Be aware of the weather conditions. Small areas of water on the road may not bother a car, but they can cause a motorcycle to spin out of control, and freezing temperatures can create black ice.

Stay on the lookout for other hazards on the road that may not present an obstacle for cars, but that can be dangerous for motorcycles. For example, potholes, gravel, or tire strips from commercial vehicles.

Become a Braking Expert

Braking on a motorcycle is not the same as using the brakes in a car. It may seem reasonable to use your brakes to avoid a crash, but many accidents have happened because of the poor reaction time of the rider or the inappropriate use of the brakes.

Seasoned riders recommend that you find an empty parking lot and practice braking at a variety of speeds. This helps you to know what to do and what to expect if you need to make a sudden stop. It also trains your body to react to the situation so that you stay balanced on the bike.

Braking on a motorcycle depends on your weight distribution, center of gravity, and the overall weight of the bike and the rider. Different types of brakes will react differently, which is why practicing is vital. There are specific situations in which you should use the front brake and others in which you should use the back brake. It’s essential you know these situations and practice using your brakes before riding on the road in traffic.

Go to School

If you’re a new motorcyclist, it’s important to take a motorcycle safety course. Even experienced riders can take refresher courses to help improve their skills and as a reminder of the rules. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers classes online and in-person. Community colleges may also offer motorcycle safety classes for new and experienced riders. Check with your insurance company since completion of these classes can sometimes net you an insurance discount.

All Gear, All the Time

The techniques and strategies you use to ride can help prevent an accident. But wearing the right gear can help prevent an injury. The summer months are hot, and it can be uncomfortable to wear protective gear while riding. However, while sweat is uncomfortable, it feels better than torn skin and broken bones.

Armored jackets and pants, as well as proper boots and motorcycle gloves, help protect your body. A well-fitting motorcycle helmet is essential to protect your brain from injury. While your safety gear can help protect you from injury, it isn’t foolproof. Your best bet is to avoid accidents by following the rules of the road and staying safe while driving.

Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Today for Help After a Motorcycle Accident

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. The experienced and compassionate Providence motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. understand the importance of protecting your rights and fighting for fair compensation to help pay your medical costs and recover lost wages.

We are committed to providing you with the best legal representation possible. We understand the financial burden that happens after an accident, so you don’t pay fees for our services until we get you compensation for your injuries and losses. Call our office today at (401) 751-8855 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

 

How to Request an Accident Report

You might decide to pursue compensation for your car accident injuries if they were the result of someone’s negligent actions. If law enforcement was called to the scene of the accident, the official police/accident report they create could be strong evidence in your personal injury claim or lawsuit. If you were injured in an accident in Rhode Island and need to obtain that accident report, here’s how you can request it.

If you have pressing questions, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. has the experience your case needs.

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Where Can You Get a Copy?

Each state has a different process for requesting an accident report. In Rhode Island, you can request an accident report in one of two ways: online or by mail.

To request an accident report online, you can visit a national accident report database online at buycrash.com. You should reference the information provided to you by the state trooper who responded to the accident you were involved in. The officer probably gave you a card with the accident or crash report number or ID.

When you go to buycrash.com, along with the accident report number, you’ll need to enter your name, the police department where the trooper who responded to the accident worked, and the date and location of the accident. You should then be able to locate and purchase your accident report.

If the accident you were in didn’t result in a fatality or isn’t currently under investigation, you should be able to obtain the accident report on buycrash.com three days after the accident occurred.

The other option you have to obtain the accident report is by mail. You should address an envelope to yourself along with a money order or check for $15 and a statement containing the accident report number, date of the accident, and the other driver’s name. Place the self-addressed envelope, money order, and identifying details inside another envelope addressed to:

  • Rhode Island State Police: Accident Bureau
  • 311 Danielson Pike
  • North Scituate, RI 02857

If you have more questions, we’re here to help. Contact us today.

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What Else Do I Have to Do to Obtain Compensation for My Injuries?

When you’re seeking compensation for your car accident injuries, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced car accident attorney. Obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries may seem relatively easy. After all, you just have to file a personal injury claim, right? Pursuing compensation is actually a more complicated process than many think, and you’ll greatly benefit from hiring a skilled car accident attorney to handle your case.

After you hire your attorney, they’ll begin building your personal injury claim by thoroughly investigating the accident, collecting any evidence that supports your claim, and determining the value (or how much compensation you should receive) of your claim. The investigation is important because you need to determine who was responsible for the accident. The party that caused the accident is the party who would be liable for causing your injuries. Your attorney needs to understand all the facts of your case.

Once your attorney has gathered all the facts and evidence in your case, they can file your personal injury claim with the responsible party’s insurance company on your behalf. No estimation can be made about how long this process will take. Some claims are resolved quickly, while others can take quite some time.

The insurance company is going to conduct its own investigation of the car accident. Their main objective is to resolve your claim by paying you the least amount of compensation possible. Your attorney’s objective will be to negotiate with the insurance company to get them to offer you a settlement that’s consistent with the value of your claim.

There is no guarantee that the negotiations will be successful. If the insurance company is unwilling to pay you a fair settlement, you have the option of taking legal action against the negligent driver directly by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Lawsuits are challenging and require you to have a highly qualified attorney who has litigation experience, so you have the best chance of being successful in your case.

Additionally, lawsuits are an unpredictable process. Many lawsuits take months or years to reach a conclusion. Your attorney can prepare you for the most likely possibilities and will guide you through every step of the lawsuit. Finally, if your case reaches trial, your attorney will argue your case. A jury or judge will make the final decision about whether you’re owed compensation for your injuries and how much compensation to award you.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Today

To pursue the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries, call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today at (401) 751-8855, or reach out to us online. Our experienced Providence car accident attorneys are here to help you get justice.

What Is a Truck Driver’s Travel Log?

What Is a Truck Driver’s Travel Log?How do you keep track of your tasks or work assignments? You may keep a notebook, use a cell phone app, or add tasks to a calendar. Your employer may have software that allows you to track and manage projects and assignments. These are all examples of tools that help you manage your work and home life.

Truck drivers also need a way to keep track of their hours on the road, sleeping berths, and other vital information that helps them stay on track and remain compliant with federal regulations. A truck driver’s travel log is the tool most companies use to help accomplish the task.

What information does a truck driver’s log contain, and why could it matter to you? At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., we want to help you understand the purpose of a truck driver’s travel log and how the information it contains could be vital to you if you are ever involved in a collision with a truck that wasn’t your fault.

What Is a Truck Driver’s Travel Log?

Truck drivers need a way to log things like their hours behind the wheel and the miles they’ve traveled. In the past, paper logbooks were used for this type of information. Today, technology has caught up with the trucking industry, and most commercial trucks are now outfitted with Electronic Logging Devices. An ELD is an electronic device that is integrated with a vehicle’s engine. It automatically records information and captures data about the truck’s movement and miles driven.

Why Do Drivers Need a Travel Log?

What Is a Truck Driver’s Travel Log - Why it is neededFor safety purposes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits the amount of time that a truck driver can spend on the road working. These requirements are known as hours-of-service regulations. For example, truck drivers cannot operate a truck for more than 11 hours after ten consecutive hours off duty. These regulations are meant to help curb dangerous driving practices like drowsy or fatigued driving.

An electronic logging device captures data that logs the amount of time a driver is behind the wheel, therefore helping them and their company stick to the federal government’s hours-of-service regulations.

What Information Does a Travel Log Record?

While one of the most crucial functions of the travel log is to record the amount of time a driver spends operating their vehicle, these electronic devices also record other vital information. Most travel logs will also record information such as:

  • Time and location
  • Sleeping berth hours
  • Number of miles traveled
  • Number of hours the truck has been in operation
  • Log of off-duty hours
  • Driver identification information
  • Vehicle and motor carrier information

Truck drivers may also opt to keep a paper copy of this information.

How Can a Truck Driver’s Travel Log Impact You?

Consider this. You are involved in an accident with a negligent truck driver. You are seriously injured and need compensation for your medical expenses. The trucking company’s insurance provider is playing hardball. You swear the driver looked like they were falling asleep at the wheel just before the collision, but how can you prove it and get the money you deserve? The information from the ELD could reveal whether the driver observed the hours-of-service regulations.

The data contained in the truck driver’s travel log can be vital in accident claims. It can help you determine whether a driver was in breach of federal regulations at the time of the crash and potentially negligent or at fault for the accident. However, getting your hands on this crucial information can be challenging. The trucking company technically owes the data contained on the travel log. In general, trucking companies are not willing to voluntarily hand over information to accident victims. The information may show that they are liable for an accident.

Getting your hands on a truck driver’s travel log typically takes legal intervention. In many cases, an attorney can draft what is known as a spoliation letter. This document notifies the trucking company that they are required to preserve all information pertaining to a truck accident, including the travel log and black box data from the truck. Time is of the essence. This letter needs to be submitted to the company before they have time to lose or destroy vital information that could strengthen your accident claim.

Get in Touch with an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you are involved in a significant truck accident, you need the resources an experienced truck accident attorney can bring to your case. At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., we strive to help you recover the compensation you deserve after a collision with a negligent truck driver.

Contact our office today by calling (401) 751-8855 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation with a skilled Providence truck accident attorney.

 

How Does Fatigue Affect Truck Accidents?

How Does Fatigue Affect Truck Accidents?It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone to discover that fatigue and sleeplessness contribute to a high percentage of truck and semi accidents on the roads of Rhode Island and other states. Up to 40 percent of all accidents involving commercial vehicles are related in some part to driver fatigue. And for this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) set out guidelines on the number of hours a truck driver could spend on the road in 2018.

Despite regulations requiring drivers to take regular rest breaks and limiting the hours on the road, tired drivers are still causing accidents every day. If you are involved in such an accident, you need to consider contacting an attorney to protect your rights.

What Is Fatigue?

Fatigue is a catchall term for the condition of your body and mind after a long period without rest or sleep. Everyone has been in a fatigued state after too much time at work or on the road. You may feel sleepy or foggy, or like you are moving too slowly. The difference is that you are not driving an 80,000-pound truck down the highway at 60 miles per hour.

Fatigue is the result of inadequate rest breaks, insufficient mealtime, and lack of restful sleep. These things are all especially problematic for long-haul truckers who want to “drive through” or are encouraged to do so by their company or their schedule. Ten hours in the cab of a truck, with only quick breaks for some truck-stop nachos and a soda, followed by a catnap in the back of a sleeper cab, can only lead to a fatigued driver on the following day.

What Does Fatigue Do to the Driver?

How Does Fatigue Affect Truck Accidents - What does it cause?After a day or two of this schedule, drivers may feel okay but will have increasing difficulty with their daily routine.

  • Fatigue slows reaction time. The braking and turning time of a big rig is seconds slower than that of even a large car or SUV. Truck drivers are continually being cut off by cars that cannot appreciate the mass and speed of the truck, so they need fast reflexes for swerving and braking. Fatigue means a slower foot on the brake and a slower realization of the need to turn or swerve.
  • Fatigue means poor decision-making. A fatigued driver may feel okay, especially in the morning after a cup of coffee. But their mind may be as slow as their feet. They may think they can drive a little faster to get to a destination or take a chance on running a few signals if nobody is around.
  • Fatigue leads to tunnel vision. Eventually, fatigue increases to the point the driver must use all their energy just to focus on keeping their truck aimed straight down the road in front of them. They may become unaware of vehicles to their left and right, especially as cars move in and out of their blind spots. Tunnel vision, sometimes called highway hypnosis, can be deadly on long drives across boring terrain.
  • Fatigue leads to falling asleep. The end result of fatigue is sleepiness. The body can only take so much poor food, poor rest, and visual monotony. A driver who fails to get sufficient breaks will find their eyes drifting shut no matter how much coffee or energy drinks they swallow down.

What We Can Do

Under federal law, drivers are required to keep meticulous logs of their hours on and off the road and how much time they spend sleeping in their trucks and in motels. These truck logs create a record of the driver’s rest time.

In cases of accident, it is possible to assess whether the driver was fatigued or not and how much that fatigue may have had to do with the accident. However, truck drivers and their companies are not anxious to hand over the logs to accident victims. Drivers are only required to keep the logs for six months, and after that they may be erased or destroyed.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a big rig or any kind of commercial truck or other vehicle, you should contact an attorney right away. You have a limited amount of time to get a notice to the company to prevent the loss of their logbooks.

Contact the Providence truck accident lawyers of Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. as soon as possible at (401) 751-8855 with any questions or concerns about your truck accident. Our team can help you acquire the logbook, interview drivers and witnesses, and determine what impact driver fatigue may have played in your accident so we can pursue compensation for you.

 

Why Posting on Social Media After an Accident Can Hurt Your Case

Social media platforms allow people to share details about their lives. Many people use their accounts to post pictures, keep in touch with family, and update others on significant events in their lives.

taking picture of injuryUnfortunately, you might not realize the damage posting the wrong things on Facebook, Instagram, and other social medical accounts can have on a personal injury case. The insurance adjuster could review public platforms for evidence they can use against you. If they find something that disproves your injury, they could deny your claim.

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side could improve your chance of recovering the maximum compensation you deserve. You need guidance from a knowledgeable and skilled legal team, so your actions don’t negatively affect the outcome of your case.

What You Should Know About Using Social Media After an Accident

Recovering from an accident can be a long and boring process. You suddenly have a lot of free time you might not have had before. When you’re sitting around doing nothing, waiting for your injury to heal, you mindlessly scroll through your social media accounts. Sharing posts and liking pictures seems harmless, but they could ruin your case.

The insurance company can scrutinize your online activity. If you filed an insurance claim to pursue compensation for your injury, the insurance adjuster can print copies of your posts, tags, comments, and likes for evidence. They could use what you do on social media as a way to prove your injury doesn’t exist or isn’t as serious as you claimed.

For example, if you post a photo of yourself having dinner with your friends, the insurance adjuster can assume you’re well enough to go out. They might reduce their settlement offer because they don’t think you need significant compensation.

What You Should Never Post on Social Media

During your recovery, avoid the online activity below.social media during accident recovery

  • Liking every post – Casual likes every once in a while is acceptable. You can like a photo your family member posts or a comment someone makes. However, an abundance of “likes” could indicate to the insurance company that you’re not spending time on medical treatment. Your activity shows the insurer you care more about your online presence than healing.
  • Catching up with friends – You can discuss the status of your case with your friends but avoid posting pictures of your hangouts. You should also inform anyone you spend time with to refrain from tagging you in posts and pictures on their social media. If you pose for a photo during an outing, the adjuster might misinterpret your smile to mean that you’re fully recovered. They could end their investigation into the accident and offer a settlement much lower than you need.
  • Posting pictures of yourself – Never post any pictures during your ongoing case. Insurance companies aren’t the only parties to use social media as evidence in personal injury cases. The defense attorney representing the person responsible for causing the accident could use your posted photos against you. Even if you share an image of your injury, it could signify you have the time to use social media because the accident hasn’t interfered much with your life.
  • Communicating online – It’s acceptable to comment on someone else’s posts every now and then. However, keep your conversations minimal. If you interact with others frequently, it can become evidence that your suffering is diminished or lacking.
  • Discussing the case on social media – If someone asks about the status of your insurance claim or the trial date in your lawsuit, you can update them. However, the defense attorney or insurance company could use your words against you later. You can talk to other people about your case but keep the communications offline.

If you want to post something on social media and don’t know whether it’s acceptable, your best bet is to avoid it altogether. You need to take every necessary precaution while recovering after an accident. Don’t give the opposing party evidence they can use to win their case.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. has a team of dedicated and trusted personal injury lawyers. We have over 85 years of combined experience representing accident victims in Rhode Island. We understand the trauma of suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence. You can count on us to advocate for your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.

If someone’s misconduct caused your injuries in an accident, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.. We can meet you for a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether we can help. Call us right now at (401) 751-8855. We’re available 24/7 to speak with you.

How to Prevent Winter Car Accidents

The winter season can be an exciting time. All across the country, temperatures drop and the trees and ground become covered in snow and ice. Happiness and cheer abound with consecutive major holiday celebrations. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays bring about the busiest travel times of the year.

But with more inclement weather creating dangerous road conditions and increased holiday travel come increased driving risks. Fortunately, with certain precautions and extra diligence while driving, you may be able to reduce your chances of being involved in a winter car accident and suffering serious injuries.

Avoid Inclement Weather

safe driving on iceWintertime is prime time for colder temperatures that can bring snow and ice. Even though a snowy holiday season may seem magical, the poor road conditions that can result can lead to serious car accidents. Try to avoid driving in severe snow and ice conditions.

Choose Daylight

The winter season brings the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means the sun sets earlier in the afternoon. Darkness can compromise drivers’ vision, increasing the risk of accidents. If you’re particularly sensitive to darkness and prone to impaired vision at night, try to limit your driving to the daytime before the sun sets.

Keep Up to Date With Vehicle Maintenance

Due to the increased potential of poor road conditions from winter weather, it’s even more important that you have proper maintenance performed on your vehicle. Make sure your brakes are working optimally and have your tires checked to ensure they have appropriate tread and are adequately inflated.

Drive Carefully

safe driving in winterThis may seem like a given. After all, the responsibility of every driver at all times is to use caution and care while operating a vehicle. It’s our moral and legal duty to protect ourselves and others from harm. But after a season or two of vacations, beautiful weather, and its decreased impact on road conditions, it’s common for drivers to be in a habit of more relaxed driving.

You should use extra caution when driving in the winter months. Pay close attention to the road to try to avoid encountering black ice and slippery snow.

What to Do If You’re Involved in a Winter Car Accident

If you’re involved in a winter car accident, despite your best efforts, here are some steps you should take to protect your welfare and your preserve your rights to seek compensation for your injuries.

  • Call 911 – Seek immediate medical attention. Immediately following the car accident, you may not believe that you’re hurt because of the adrenaline and shock that you may be in from the traumatic event you’ve just experienced. Additionally, you may not begin feeling symptoms of some injuries, such as concussions, until hours or days later. You should receive a medical evaluation right after the accident so you can be treated for any injuries you may have to protect your health and maximize your chances of recovering from your injuries. By receiving medical treatment, you’ll also be supporting your future claim for compensation. Medical reports detailing your injuries will be the primary evidence in your claim or lawsuit.
  • Contact police – Law enforcement should be called to the scene, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. A police officer will write a police report about the accident and other details from the scene of the accident which can be used to support your claim or lawsuit.
  • Hire an accident attorney – You’ll have the best chance of reaching a favorable outcome in your claim or lawsuit if you hire an accident attorney who has experience helping accident victims get the compensation they’re owed for their injuries.
  • Avoid speaking to car insurance representatives – You’ll likely get a call from an insurance adjuster shortly after the accident. They may sound friendly and concerned, but be wary. They are fishing for information, and if you say the wrong thing, they could use your words against you to deny or diminish your claim. It’s best if you tell them you need to talk with an attorney before you talk to them. Protect yourself and hire an attorney to look out for your best interests.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Today

If you’ve been injured in a winter car accident due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. has been serving accident victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over four decades. Our attorneys have a track record of success, obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We strive to provide high-quality legal service to every client and remain dedicated to our clients from the time we take on your claim or case until it is resolved.

Call our skilled accident attorneys today at (401) 751-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We’ll discuss your case with you and advise you of the next steps towards obtaining the compensation you deserve to help you move on with your life.

Five Tips for Safe Travel During the Holidays

In 2019, there were 799 fatal traffic accidents between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Even though that seems a small percentage of the almost 40,000 fatalities that occur each year on roadways in the United States, it’s still a dangerous time to travel.

Luckily, with some advance planning before you get behind the wheel to do your holiday traveling, you can mitigate the risk that you or a loved one will end up in one of those fatal crashes.

Here are five tips for safe travel during the holidays.

  1. Make Sure You Get Enough Rest Before a Long Highway Drive

 Plan to get enough sleep the night before (or the day before, if you plan to travel at night) so you can be wide awake, aware, and alert for the drive if you’ll be driving on the highway for an extended period. Tired driving has joined drunk driving and driving while texting as one of the most dangerous things you can do. Fatigued driving may lead to a traffic fatality on your way to your family’s holiday party or another holiday destination. Make sure whoever is driving is alert enough to drive.

  1. Create a Vent in Your Vehicle to Reduce the Chance of COVID-19 Spreading

safe driving during covidEven if you and your travel partners have been vaccinated and received at least one booster shot, with the recent arrival of the Omicron variant, which is more contagious though not as dangerous as the Delta variant, the risk of catching the coronavirus is still a danger. Whenever possible, crack open at least one window in your car, SUV, truck, or other vehicles you use for travel to increase aeration in the vehicle. This will reduce the chance of spreading the virus amongst yourselves while you’re traveling.

  1. Take the Lead in Ensuring Everyone Is Safely Wearing a Seatbelt

One of the best ways to keep you and your friends and family safe while driving during the holidays is to make sure you and everyone you ride with is safely buckled in with a properly functioning safety belt the whole time. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 50 percent of car accidents happen within just five miles of your home. Over 75 percent occur within 15 miles or less from where you started.

If you do get into an accident, making sure everyone is buckled in will help lessen possible injuries they receive and may save their lives. Call the police and your insurance company right away, so you have a well-written record of the accident, and documentation of all the parties involved.

Contact us, too at (401) 751-8855. When you’re in a crash that was someone else’s fault, you’re no doubt reeling from the accident and your injuries and wonder, “What now?” When you call us, we can provide the guidance you need. We work with nearly every type of vehicle accident that results in injuries, and we can help.

  1. Only Make Your Holiday Trip if Weather Conditions Are Safe

 According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the United States, automobile collisions are one of the top reasons people aged one to 54 die every year. These deaths are mostly preventable.

One way to make sure you don’t become a statistic is to check weather conditions beforehand. If there’s a chance for winter weather or unsafe driving conditions such as freezing rain, high winds, or both, don’t take unnecessary chances. Stay home. It’s safer for everyone.

  1. Know How the Vehicle You Are Taking on a Holiday Trip Drives

mirror adjustments safe winter drivingIf you are driving during the holidays, make sure you know the vehicle you are driving, whether it’s yours or someone else’s. Know all the controls and how the vehicle handles on the road in dry, wet, or snowy conditions. Be aware of how quickly the vehicle accelerates and how much pressure you need to place on the brakes to stop safely.

Ensure all the mirrors are well-adjusted, marker lights function, and tires are filled with the right amount of air (check your owner’s manual for the correct pounds per square inch or PSI for your vehicle’s tires).

If You Get Into an Accident, Call Us at (401) 751-8855

If you follow these five tips for safe travel during the holidays, you’ve done your job preparing for the risks of holiday travel. But no one can be 100 percent prepared. The unexpected does happen. Be smart if you are involved in a traffic accident caused by someone else during a holiday trip. Call us.

Be responsible and call the authorities, your insurance company, and Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. at (401) 751-8855 immediately after a traffic crash. We can help you with personal injury claims involving almost any type of vehicle, including motorcycles, bicycles, school buses, and more. We can also help with snow-and-ice injuries in or out of your car and wrongful death cases from crashes, too.

We hope you don’t need our services this holiday season. Please follow these five safe driving tips during the holidays and call us at (401) 751-8855 as soon as possible after a crash.

Why Is the Black Box Important in Truck Accidents?

According to the National Safety Council, large trucks are involved in ten percent of all vehicular accidents. In 2019, there were 5,005 trucks involved in fatal crashes. This represents a 43 percent rise since 2010. There were also 118,000 large trucks involved in crashes that led to injuries, the majority of which happened on non-interstate roads during daylight hours.

The months with the greatest number of accidents were July, September, and October. Because of the weight and size differences, an accident between a truck and a smaller passenger vehicle often leads to greater personal property damage and possibly catastrophic injury. You should not be responsible for medical expenses and lost wages if the accident were entirely someone else’s fault.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today. Commercial truck operators have a responsibility to drive safely and maintain their vehicles. Our dedicated and experienced attorneys work tenaciously to seek fair compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (401) 751-8855 to set up your free consultation.

What Does the Black Box Do?

commercial truck black boxEvery large commercial truck manufactured after 1990 has an electronic control module or event data recorder, commonly called the black box. This is a computer system that records data from the truck that can help law enforcement and accident investigators determine what was happening before, during, and after an event. These are like the black boxes found in airplanes.

There are different types of black boxes. Some record continuously while the vehicle engine is on. Others record information only for a few minutes before and during a crash. The data that is recorded can also vary depending on the device. However, the black box is linked to the onboard engine computer system. This means most devices should at least capture the speed, travel time, and whether the brakes were applied. Other information that may be available include:

  • Whether there was a sudden acceleration or deceleration
  • Whether cruise control was engaged
  • The daily or monthly activity
  • How frequently the speed was above a predetermined limit
  • Whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt
  • Whether the airbag was deployed
  • The number of hard stops
  • Tire pressure
  • The number of times the truck was in a crash
  • GPS location
  • Usage data
  • Trip time and distances
  • Last rest period

Why Is the Black Box Important After an Accident?

Most trucking companies will not voluntarily provide you with the information from the black box. However, the data can be key to helping to determine the cause of the crash. A combination of the black box data, physical evidence, and eyewitness testimony can demonstrate where responsibility lies for the accident. This may result in the company being held responsible for compensation and expenses related to the accident.

commercial truck accidentIf you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, it’s vital to get this information as soon as possible. Many of the newer data boxes record and keep data for approximately 30 days. However, older models may only store data for a few days. Some trucking companies may try to have the truck repaired as soon as possible, thus erasing the physical evidence. This allows them to put the truck back on the road and possibly run the time out on the black box, so the data is written over. Others may try to destroy the black box data to protect themselves.

An experienced truck accident attorney can help recover the data from the truck’s black box and have it analyzed to determine the conditions during the accident. Accident investigators and accident reconstruction experts can help with this complicated process and may help strengthen your case. If it’s necessary, your attorney may pursue legal action to get the data from the black box before it’s automatically wiped.

It’s impossible to tell what type of black box has been installed in the truck that hit you. Therefore it’s important to act quickly and contact an experienced truck accident attorney. They can notify the trucking company that the data should be preserved and sent to them. Your attorney may use an expert to download the data and any other electronic recordings. This helps to avoid intentional or inadvertent problems that can destroy vital evidence.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. for Help After a Truck Accident

After a truck accident, you may be left dazed and confused by a complicated process to recover damages. At the same time, you have medical expenses, property damage, and a mountain of bills that keep growing. If you’re unable to work, this just adds to your stress.

Taking legal action on your own can be difficult or even impossible. The trucking company will have legal representation to protect their rights and fight their case. An experienced truck accident attorney can handle your legal battle so you can focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.

The trucking company may send an insurance adjuster to ask you questions or offer an early settlement. It is important that you not speak with an insurance adjuster without your attorney present. Adjusters are skilled negotiators, and their focus is on reducing the financial liability of their company. Your attorney can help prevent you from saying something inadvertently that may negatively affect your case.

At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to represent you and help protect your rights. Our attorneys have won millions of dollars for our clients who were involved in truck accidents. Call us today at (401) 751-8855 to schedule your free consultation.

How to Prevent Autumn Car Accidents

The air is crisp and clear. The temperatures are starting to drop, and the wind is picking up. You may enjoy the changing leaves and weather of fall and anticipate the coming winter. However, your risk of an accident may be greater in the fall, especially on wet, slick roads.

If you’re injured in a car accident that is someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. This can help cover your medical expenses and lost wages. The Rhode Island personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you seek fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Why Is Fall More Dangerous?

Fall can bring its own set of dangers that can lead to a car accident. It’s time to review some of these dangers and road safety tips for those shorter days and back-to-school schedules.

Kids: You may be used to the back-to-school traffic, but it also comes with more kids on the sidewalks and streets walking to the bus stop or to and from school. It’s important to stay alert in school zones for young children who are walking and also for inexperienced drivers who have been given the car to pick up friends or siblings on the way to school. In most states, you must stop for a school bus with its red flashing lights on. Unfortunately, enough people disobey that rule that bus companies have begun using cameras to catch drivers.

Deer and small animals: During the fall months, deer are on the move. They don’t obey the traffic rules and look both ways before crossing the street. Deer also have fewer natural predators and are living closer and closer to urban areas. One study estimated that 150 people die each year in collisions with animals, and 77 percent of those animals were deer. Property damage may be as great as $1 billion annually. An adult deer can weigh 300 pounds or more, so it’s easy to see how they can damage your car.

safe driving in the fallLeaves: The leaves are changing. If you live in a high tourist area, you may have more people who come to enjoy the fall foliage. Leaves can pile on the street and hide potholes and pavement markings. Bicyclists may stray from their designated lane to avoid a slick mess after the road has been soaked with rain. Wet leaves reduce traction no matter how new your tires are. It’s important you leave plenty of stopping distance to avoid rear-ending someone and drive carefully through leaf-covered streets to avoid damage from large potholes.

Evening driving: The end of Daylight Saving Time means it’s brighter in the morning when you get up but often darker in the evening when you’re driving home from work. This affects your depth perception and peripheral vision. The glare of oncoming headlights can also temporarily blind a driver. Many people find it challenging to see road size clearly or judge speed and distance in the dark.

Sunshine: During the fall months, the sun is closer to the horizon during the hours that most people are driving. This means it may be shining directly into your eyes or reflecting off buildings and other cars. It’s important to keep your windshield clear and your car filled with windshield cleaner. Keep sunglasses available, and if you’re unable to see the road, pull over and wait. It usually takes no more than 15 minutes for the sun to move enough that it doesn’t obstruct your sight.

car maintenance safe fall driving

Car maintenance: Your car tires will perform better on wet and dry surfaces when they have enough tread.This means they will stop faster and steer better. It’s also important to maintain proper tire pressure. When the air cools in the fall, it can drop tire pressure approximately one pound per square inch for every ten degrees of temperature drop.

You can potentially help reduce the damages of a fall car accident by maintaining and upgrading an emergency kit for your car. The National Safety Council recommends keeping several items in your car at all times to help in case of an emergency. Consider including:

  • Properly inflated spare tire
  • Wheel wrench and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (replace batteries every six months)
  • Reflective triangles
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable high energy foods
  • Drinking water
  • Reflective vest
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cell phone car charger
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Blanket

Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can cause a variety of different injuries. They can range from mild to severe. After a car accident, you may be diagnosed with:

  • Whiplash
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Muscle strain
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussion
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety

How Can the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Help?

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. have won millions of dollars and verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our legal team is experienced in defending complicated cases. We recognize that you have a unique story, and our team is ready to work with you.

Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today to schedule your free consultation. We’ll discuss the specifics of your case and advise you on your next best step. Call us now at (401) 751-8855.