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.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., which celebrated its 45th year of practicing law in 2015, are home to competent personal injury attorneys who provide their legal services to our clients in Rhode Island. Discuss your personal drunk driving case or car accident with us today by calling our offices at (401) 751-8855.

East Providence man arrested for leaving the scene of an accident

Thirty-three-year-old resident Daniel James was taken into police custody from his home in East Providence, Rhode Island, and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious personal injury, as well as motor infractions, in relation to a crash that he caused along Legion Way last Tuesday, July 5 that injured a pedestrian and a bicyclist and claimed the life of a dog.

According to Lieutenant Thomas Rush, the victims, who were only identified as a married couple, both 47 years of age, were taking a stroll along Legion Way when James left the road, crashing his vehicle into them and a parked car, before driving away. The wife was reportedly on the bicycle while her husband was walking their dog, who died at the scene of the accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent driver, an attorney at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. might be able to represent you. Give them a call at (401) 751-8855.

Recall on SUV that killed Anton Yelchin

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee that caused the death of Anton Yelchin is part of a recall by Fiat Chrysler. The incident occurred last Sunday, June 19. Yelchin’s vehicle appeared to be in the ‘park’ position, but it was actually in ‘reverse’. Yelchin’s vehicle rolled from his driveway and crashed into him. Despite the June accident, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall in April.

The federal agency made the recall after drivers complained it was difficult to determine whether the vehicle was in park. Apparently, the vehicle alerts drivers with a noise and dashboard warning if a door is open while the vehicle is not in park. Even so, the push-button ignition does not shut off the engine, which increases the chances of a vehicle rolling away after the driver exits the vehicle.

If you have been injured by a recalled product, you may be able to receive compensation for your recovery. Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, at 401.751.8855 if you want to hold manufacturers responsible for their actions.

20-year-old dies in Dartmouth car accident

Twenty-year-old Rhode Island resident Travis Rainville lost his life during a single-vehicle car accident in Dartmouth, Massachusetts last Sunday, May 29.

According to preliminary investigations, Rainville was a passenger in a silver pickup truck that crashed onto a utility pole along Old Fall River Road. He succumbed to the mortal injuries that he sustained several hours after the accident. Four other people, who were occupants in the same pickup truck, were critically injured and had to be rushed to local hospitals for medical treatment. None of their injuries were life-threatening, and Dartmouth Police Department Detective Kyle Costa said the four other individuals are “expected to make it through without any problems.” The driver of the vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Riverside resident Gage Dyson.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD.  are familiar with the pain and suffering caused by unexpected accidents. Our sincerest condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.

Wrong-way driver causes policeman’s death

What was supposed to be an exciting day for 24-year-old Jamestown patrol officer Ryan Bourque last Monday, May 23 – his one year anniversary on the police force – turned into a tragedy as a wrong-way driver caused his death.

Just a few minutes after midnight, a driver going the wrong direction on a one-way collided head-on with Bourque’s Dodge Charger on I-95 near exit 7 in East Greenwich as Bourque was heading home from a 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift at the police station. The driver was identified as 23-year-old Bedford, Massachusetts resident Dejae Pizzaro.  Jamestown Police Chief Ed Mello said of the young officer “He was a humble, respectful young man. It’s a tremendous loss.” Bourque, after just one year on the force, was already being recognized for his commitment to developing relationships with the public.

The wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. know how painful it is for communities to lose one of their own.  Our thoughts are with the residents of Jamestown as they mourn the death of an active member of their community.

Ambulance, car crash into each other in Providence

Police authorities are currently holding an investigation after a private ambulance and another vehicle crashed into each other near the corner of South Water and Wickenden Streets in Providence, Rhode Island last Sunday, April 3.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, Providence police officers confirmed that they were assisting state patrol officers secure the crash site, wherein they responded to and rescued one woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. She was reportedly taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

People who have witnessed the crash said the ambulance did not have any lights on at the time of the incident, thus leading to the collision with the sport utility vehicle.

Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini LTD. handle personal injury accident cases in Rhode Island such as birth injuries, auto accidents, dangerous products, nursing home negligence, work injuries, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

AEB feature to become standard with new federal agreement

The U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the automotive industry have made an agreement to make the automatic braking system (AEB) standard in new vehicles within six years. This braking system is estimated to able to reduce the risk of rear-end crashes by about 40%, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This pact will make more safety features easily accessible to the average consumer, yet many question why federal regulators did not make AEB systems mandatory.

Transportation safety advocates hold the opinion that voluntary agreements have no teeth and are likely to contain less stringent standards. They worry about how the government plans to implement this farther into the feature, with Center for Auto Safety executive direct Clarence Ditlow noting, “Consumers are going to come up the losers in this process.”

Though there is concern of how this agreement will be regulated, Jeremy Carlson, a senior analyst with the research firm IHS Automotive, remarked the universal benefit of this pact is the increased awareness of consumers of new technology that will help them be safer drives.

We are excited to hear of this progress towards safer driving. Unfortunately, rear-end crashes are still occurring everyday on our roads. If you find yourself as a victim of such an accident, our experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini,  may be able to help you. If you need legal advice or representation, do not hesitate to call our Rhode Island offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Traffic Deaths Down while Texting Accidents on the Rise in Rhode Island

According to statistics provided by the State Police and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), traffic deaths in the state were down in 2015 when compared to statistics from 2010. According to the numbers, there were 45 traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 67 in 2010.

Despite this encouraging trend, Col. Steven O’Donnell remarked that this number was still too high, and that “we want to take that death rate down.” While the overall figures for traffic fatalities are down in the state, the number of accidents caused by texting while driving is actually on the rise, with this dangerous behavior responsible for as many as 25% of all car accidents in the U.S. A driver who is texting is actually 2,400% more likely to cause an accident than a driver who is not texting.

Drunk driving also remains a problem in the state, accounting for an approximate 1/3 of highway deaths in Rhode Island.

To help reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would prohibit drivers from using cell phones that are not hands-free, as even talking on the phone poses a serious threat to roadway safety. In fact, drivers who are speaking on a cell phone are 300% more likely to get into an accident than drivers not talking on their phones.

Man faces several charges in Central Falls after hit and run

Fifty-three-year-old Pawtucket, Rhode Island resident Rigoberto Vasquez is now in police custody. Vasquez was apprehended after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the area of 535 Roosevelt Avenue in Central Falls on Sunday, January 17 at around 3:00 in the morning.

Vasquez was arrested by Rhode Island police on Monday, January 18 and was charged with driving while intoxicated, accident resulting in personal injury, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and driving with an expired license.

The pedestrian Vasquez hit was identified as 51-year-old Gary Laramee from Pawtucket. Laramee was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries over the weekend.

Vasquez is currently being held at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute and was assigned a $100,000 bail. A witness to the accident told officers that a vehicle sped away after striking Laramee, and police stopped Vasquez a few blocks away from the scene after noticing that the vehicle he was driving matched witnesses’ descriptions and had some front end damage consistent with a pedestrian accident.

Rhode Island Attorney Discusses Whiplash Injuries

Cervical_Collar_EmergencyA large number of car accidents take place every day in Rhode Island. Unfortunately, this results in a lot of people sustaining injuries during the course of the car accident.

Although many of the injuries sustained during the course of a car accident are minor cuts and bruises that won’t take long to heal, oftentimes the injuries can be much more severe. In these types of situations it is possible to receive compensation for your injuries by filing an accident claim or lawsuit.

One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash, most often someone suffers a whiplash injury when involved in a rear end collision. A whiplash injury can occur in any type of vehicle accident including a head-on collision. You can sustain a whiplash injury even if the vehicle is moving at a low speed involving a minimal impact collision.

The term “whiplash” is a non-medical term frequently used to describe a range of neck injuries following a car accident. A whiplash injury occurs when the soft tissues of your neck are injured when a person’s neck is whipped backward and then forward very suddenly. The head is “whipped” backwards against the headrest, and then forward very quickly, possibly into an airbag. This flexing of the neck backwards and then forwards is what causes the whiplash.

The medical term for a whiplash is a neck sprain or neck strain. Whiplash can cause long-term pain and discomfort diminishing the quality of life. In many cases people can suffer long term effects such as chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, and problems with their concentration and memory.

Fortunately, a whiplash injury is not usually a life threatening injury; however, it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. The symptoms of a whiplash injury may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms will usually appear within twenty-four hours following the accident, but in some cases symptoms may not be apparent for several days or even weeks. Common symptoms include:

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • headaches (specifically at the base of the skull)
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • constant weariness

Other symptoms can involve headaches, nausea, memory loss, confusion, depression, vomiting, backache and even blurred vision. Clearly with any of these symptoms it is unlikely that the person will be able to drive, nor will they be able to work. The symptoms may last for a matter of days, weeks or even months. In a few very unfortunate cases whiplash can be a permanent condition.

If you have experienced a whiplash injury and you begin to experience pain, numbness or weakness in your arms or moving your head becomes painful, you need to contact a physician immediately.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), about 1 of every 4 people with whiplash report symptoms for up to a year, and about 1 in 10 patients report permanent symptoms as a result of their whiplash injuries.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a car accident in Rhode Island and are suffering from a whiplash injury, it is essential to contact an experienced Rhode Island Attorney who specializes in whiplash cases.

Free Car Accident Consultation

Call the Law Offices Of Ronald J. Resmini at (401) 751-8855 today to arrange a free consultation. Tell us about the accident and your injuries, and we’ll explain the legal process and answer all of your questions. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency agreement, so you will never receive a bill for legal fees or expenses unless we win money for you. Call now, because if you wait, you could miss a filing deadline and lose your right to make your claim.