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

 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. provide legal services for our clients in the state of Massachusetts. We handle personal injury accident and wrongful death cases. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855. to learn more about your options.

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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, 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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, 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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, 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.

Our personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., provide legal services to our clients in the state of Rhode Island and handle personal injury accident cases such as dangerous products, motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, and nursing home negligence, among others. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit in Rhode Island.  Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.