New Law Makes Driving while Holding Your Mobile Device Illegal in Rhode Island

A law that went into effect on June 1 makes it illegal to hold your cell phone/mobile device in your hand while operating a vehicle.

Police plan to fiercely enforce the law. Individuals caught using their phones while driving will be issued a $100 fine the first time. However, the fine can be waived if you are able to show that you’ve purchased a hands-free solution for your car, such as a mount. This is because the law does not prohibit hands-free use of mobile devices.

The law is designed to combat distracted driving, which causes numerous serious car accidents every year. The intention is not to be inconvenient, but rather to save lives.

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Personal injury accident in Plainville; police officer injured

Authorities arraigned Robert Camara, Jr., 38,  at Wrentham District Court on Monday, January 9. He faces seven charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Camara faces the charges following a vehicular accident that injured Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook.

The incident under discussion occurred around 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 8 when employees at a Target store saw Camara trying to steal DVD players. Camara left the store after employees called the police. Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook chased Camara in the parking lot, but Camara was able to get inside his vehicle before Holbrook could catch up to him. Camara purposefully ran over Holbrook in his attempt to escape. Police officers were able to catch up to Camara and took him under custody.

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17 vehicles damaged by driver who lost control

One person had been hospitalized after an accident occurred at the Grecio Honda lot on Hartford Avenue on Route 6 in Johnston, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 6 at around 4:30 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, a lone vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole before rolling over onto a parking lot, causing damage to 17 vehicles.

Part of Route 6 had to be closed to public traffic while police officers conducted an investigation into the incident and maintenance crew members cleaned the area.

Grecio Honda company officials declined to comment on the matter.

Our personal injury accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd., who provide legal services in the state of Rhode Island, handle personal injury accident matters involving birth injuries, auto accidents, dangerous products, dog bite injury, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home negligence, slip and fall injury, truck accidents, and wrongful death. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Distracted driving with your furry friends along for the ride

Cell phones and other mobile devices are not the only possible causes of distracted driving. Some drivers bring their pets along on road trips, oblivious of the fact that pets can cause distractions to them.

Keeping your dog leashed in your car while the vehicle is moving can be a step toward vehicle safety. An animal off its leash has the capacity to move around the vehicle, causing the driver to move his or her eyes toward their furry friend instead of on the road.

Dogs can also be a prospective weapon. Imagine your dog, even if behaved, is unbuckled from its cage or seat. Should you need to suddenly stop your vehicle, there is a possibility that your dog will fly like a projectile. With enough force, a dog that slams into your face or your child can cause serious injuries.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. demonstrate the benefits of hard work and professionalism. We can help if you have the misfortune of sustaining injury in a personal injury accident in the state of Rhode Island. After an accident due to the distracted driving of other parties, get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling (401) 751-8855. Discuss your case with us today to learn more about your legal options.

Woman playing Pokémon Go! drives car into ditch

A Coventry woman drove her car into a ditch while playing augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go! last month.

The woman confessed that she was speeding at the time of the accident, which occurred because she was hunting fictional monsters on her phone instead of paying attention to her surroundings. Luckily, no one was hurt.

In Pokémon Go!, players are encouraged to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to catch monsters called Pokémon. The game uses your smartphone’s GPS to display monster locations and superimposes them onto real-world images using the phone’s camera. Players capture the monsters to build their collections and increase their in-game strength.

Despite the positive goal of getting people out and about, the game has led to numerous accidents, as people generally continue to ignore warnings to not use their phones while driving. The game even has a built in feature that detects when a person may be driving and blocks access, but it can easily be dismissed by tapping a button that says “I am a passenger.”

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents that killed more than 3,000 people in 2014. If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, you should not have to pay for the associated recovery costs. Contact the Rhode Island car accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., at (401) 751-8855 to learn more about holding distracted drivers accountable.

Attleboro woman charged with drunken driving in crash that seriously injured jogger

Thirty-three-year-old Attleboro, Massachusetts resident Mary Elliott was arraigned on Thursday, September 8 in Taunton District Court on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident on Route 44 West in Seekonk on Sunday, September 4 at around 5 p.m. that resulted in a jogger suffering from serious injuries.

Judge Kevin Cunningham set an initial hearing for her case on Oct. 21, 2016. After paying the bail of $5,000, Elliott was given instructions to remain alcohol-free throughout the days before the hearing. She will also be subjected to random screenings and should report daily to the probation department.

Elliott’s other charges are the reckless operation of a vehicle and crossing marked lines.

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Driver sends four to the hospital after running a stop sign

Four people were hurt during a collision that happened at the intersection of Purchase Street and Freeborn Avenue in  Rhode Island on Saturday, August 20th.

According to preliminary investigations, a driver ran a stop sign at the intersection, causing a collision with a second vehicle. Both vehicles were towed from the scene of the accident.

Four people sustained neck, back, and chest injuries because of the accident. Each of the victims had to be transported to local hospitals for medical treatment.

Contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit in Rhode Island.  Call our offices today at 401-751-8855.

Newport two-vehicle collision hurts two

A 38 year-old Rhode Island woman was driving a three-wheel Scoot Coupe two-person moped eastbound on Ocean Avenue in Newport last Wednesday, August 3 when she collided with a Nissan Xterra that was headed west along the same road.

She and her 10-year-old male passenger were hurt during the incident as they were both thrown from the vehicle during the collision.

The woman, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, had been taken to Newport Hospital and was later brought to Rhode Island Hospital for the treatment of her critical injuries.

The boy was brought to Newport Hospital and was later transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital where he is now listed in stable condition from critical.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, who provide legal services to our personal injury accident clients in the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, are well-versed and very much experienced in personal injury law. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

North Providence two-vehicle collision kills one

According to an article by Turn to 10, a two-vehicle collision happened on Route 146 North By Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 6. The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m., resulting in the death of one person and the hospitalization of four other individuals.

According to preliminary investigations, a Nissan struck a BMW from behind. The Nissan overturned, eventually coming to a stop facing south on the left shoulder. A 24-year-old Rhode Island female driver flew from the vehicle when it flipped. The BMW, on the other hand, continued to travel north and stopped in the right breakdown lane.

The female driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, according to police. Authorities said she died at the scene of the accident. Meanwhile, the four individuals travelling in the other vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries as they all were wearing seat belts during the crash.

Providence man charged in relation to fatal accident

34-year-old Johnny Sak, of 35 Union Avenue, Rhode Island, was indicted on Monday, July 11 before Providence Superior Court Magistrate John McBurney III in relation to a fatal vehicular accident that happened last year, killing a young woman.

Sak had been driving a vehicle along the 1600 block of Mendon Road on Dec. 8, 2015, when the car he had been driving crashed into a utility pole, causing the death of a passenger, 22-year-old Woonsocket resident Alexandra Patten Parenteau.

Sak was indicted by a Providence County grand jury on charges of one count of driving under the influence death resulting; one count of driving to endanger death resulting; two counts of driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury; two counts of driving to endanger resulting in serious bodily injury; one count of driving to endanger resulting in bodily injury; one count of possession of cocaine; and one count of operating a motorized vehicle without a license.

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