The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Celebrates New Location in Providence’s Revitalized Jewelry District

December 29th, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (December 16, 2021) — The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini are excited to announce it is ringing in the new year in a new location. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza recently helped the partners cut the ribbon on the practice’s new Eddy Street office.

“Resmini Law Office has been a valued member of the Providence community for more than 40 years,” Mayor Elorza said. “As they move offices to the Jewelry District, I congratulate Resmini Law Office on their new space and welcome them to Eddy Street.”

Located in Providence’s revitalized Jewelry District, the newly renovated office space is situated across from South Street Landing and a short walk from Davol Square.

“Who would have thought when I started all this that I would fight to move to Eddy Street. Years ago, this area wasn’t an attractive option. It’s not a coincidence that all of these great things are happening,” said Ronald J. Resmini, founder of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini. “Not only do we love being in Providence and are thrilled to be part of the renaissance this neighborhood is experiencing, we know our location – with plenty of parking and easy access from I-95 – will also allow us to better serve our clients.”

Warwick-based Office Direct designed the new office space – which is on the second floor of 365 Eddy Street.

About The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini is a personal injury law firm serving all of Rhode Island and Massachusetts with offices in Providence, R.I., Fall River, Mass., and Seekonk, Mass. Mr. Resmini, who founded the firm 50 years ago, is nationally recognized for his expertise in uninsured motorist cases and has authored more than twenty RI Law Institute handbooks on Personal Injury Law, Product Liability, Trial and Settlement Practice, Domestic Relations, and other litigation topics. For more information, call (401) 751-8855

Newsletter: November 2021

December 20th, 2021

In our newsletter for November 2021, Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. wishes you a happy Thanksgiving. We also discuss slip and fall accidents, report of verdicts and settlements, and include information about our new office in Providence.

Click here to view the newsletter.

Our New Providence Office

December 8th, 2021

Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. is happy to announce that we have opened our new Providence office. We moved in on November 19, 2021, and are excited to show our clients, new and old, the new space.

Our new office is located at:
365 Eddy Street
2nd floor
Providence, RI 02903

Five Tips for Safe Travel During the Holidays

November 1st, 2021

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

 Even 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

If 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?

October 15th, 2021

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?

Every 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.

If 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

September 15th, 2021

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.

Leaves: 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: 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.

Ronald J. Resmini enters Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame

April 9th, 2021

Ronald J. Resmini, founder of Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., has been awarded the honor of joining Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Resmini has had a long and distinguished career, and doesn’t intend on slowing down. To view a stetment on the award, click here.

I’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident in Rhode Island. What Should I Do Now?

October 26th, 2020

Being involved in a car accident is alarming for more than one reason. Not only have you suffered a traumatic event, but the aftermath of a car accident can be confusing. You are hurt, vulnerable, and trying to navigate your way through an often-complex insurance claim system with no clear direction. Insurance adjusters may seem friendly over that phone and act like they want to help, but are they really putting your best interests first?

At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., the number one question we hear from victims of car accidents is, “what am I supposed to do now?” It is a fair question. There is no one guiding you through the process of filing an insurance claim, no one giving you advice on what to do if you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver, and no one looking out for you when the medical bills start rolling in, and you’ve missed work due to your injuries.

The attorneys with the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. want you to know that step one following a car accident in Rhode Island should be to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the post-car accident process and help you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. You may not have all the answers after a car accident, and that’s okay. Turning to someone who can give you the legal advice you need is the most important step you can take. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Rhode Island, contact us by calling (401) 444-4444 for help.

Steps to Take Following a Car Accident 

A car accident is a stressful event. From the moment you realize a collision is going to take place, the adrenaline starts to course through your veins. You are no doubt frightened and anxious and in pain; however, the next steps you take can make a significant impact on your health as well as the strength of your insurance claim or lawsuit. It is important to take a few calming breaths and try to clear your head. Next, try to follow these helpful suggestions:

  • Call law enforcement or 911: If you or anyone else has been seriously injured, call for emergency services immediately. Your health and safety are the number one priority. Law enforcement can also secure the scene and make a report about the accident that may help you down the line.
  • Collect contact information: Make sure to take down all the important information from the other driver, such as name, driver’s license information, car insurance information, and license plate numbers. It is also extremely helpful to gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Document everything: If you are physically able, make sure you take pictures of the damage to the cars, debris from the accident, any skid marks that may be present, or damage to the surrounding area. Try to get as many different angles as you can.
  • Report the accident: Drivers involved in an accident that results in injury or death, or causes damage to a vehicle that makes it incapable of normal and safe operation, must report the accident to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles within 21 days.
  • Contact your insurance provider: Give only the basic information about the accident to your insurance provider. Facts only.
  • Avoid social media: Do not post about your accident or injuries on any social media platform.
  • Contact an attorney: Getting an attorney on your side immediately is the best way to secure crucial evidence and negotiate a fair settlement for compensation.

Rhode Island Car Accident Laws 

Drivers need to understand that Rhode Island is a “fault” car accident state. That means that the person who is at-fault for causing the accident bears the responsibility for any resulting damage. Living in an at-fault state gives drivers involved in serious car accidents a range of options for recovering compensation after an accident. A driver may pursue compensation in the following ways:

  • Filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Filing a claim with their own insurance company
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver

Many people assume they only need an attorney if they want to take the other driver to court. That is incorrect. An attorney can gather evidence to help strengthen your claim and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. Insurance companies may take advantage of the fact that you are in a vulnerable physical and financial situation. Having a lawyer working with you means you have the benefit of a strong negotiator who can work to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. In the event an insurance company doesn’t want to negotiate in good faith, an attorney can take the at-fault party to court.

Rhode Island is also considered a “pure comparative negligence” state. So, any driver has the ability to recover damages from an accident; however, their damages will be reduced according to their share of negligence in causing the accident. If you are in an accident and it is deemed you were 20 percent to blame for the crash, you are entitled to collect the total amount of damages calculated minus 20 percent. Even if a driver is found to be mostly at-fault for an accident, they can still recover damages. However, that driver or their insurance company is still on the hook for the other parties’ losses. 

Find Out More About Your Rights Today

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, it is important to talk to an attorney about recovering financial compensation for your losses. A skilled attorney is a valuable asset that can help you get the damages you are entitled to. If you want more information about your legal options following a car accident in Rhode Island, give the legal team at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. a call at (401) 444-4444. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Expands Legal Services in Connecticut

September 11th, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 9, 2020) — The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. is excited to announce R. Jason Resmini, Esq. is now licensed to practice law in Connecticut, enabling the firm to offer its decades of legal experience to even more people in the state.

Resmini joins his brother, Andrew O. Resmini, who is also licensed in Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to have two experienced lawyers ready to provide superior representation for those who need our help,” said Ronald J. Resmini, Founder of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.. “I am confident both Jason and Andrew will serve the people of Connecticut with grit and integrity.”

Concentrating in civil litigation and entertainment law, Jason Resmini has been selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list of top attorneys in Massachusetts for eight years running. Already licensed in Massachusetts and New York, he’s now excited to be able to lend his experience to the people of Connecticut.

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“We are very close to many of the people in our neighboring state and want to provide services for those who want excellent representation from a trusted name,” said Resmini. “I am looking forward to helping our friends over the border achieve the justice they deserve.”

About The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.
The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. is a personal injury law firm serving all of Rhode Island and Massachusetts with offices in Providence, R.I., Fall River, Mass., and Seekonk, Mass. Mr. Resmini, who founded the firm 50 years ago, is nationally recognized for his expertise in uninsured motorist cases and has authored more than twenty RI Law Institute handbooks on Personal Injury Law, Product Liability, Trial and Settlement Practice, Domestic Relations, and other litigation topics.

For more information, please contact us online or call 401.444.4444.

Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. attorneys selected to Super Lawyers 2020

July 8th, 2020

Members of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. were selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers” for 2020 Super Lawyers list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island. Partners Jason, Adam, and Andrew were selected to the highly prestigious “Rising Stars” list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. *While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. This will also be in Rhode Island Monthly, this month.

THE RISING STARS SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.