A new study released by the National Safety Council (NSC) showed that accidents, especially falls and overdoses, are causing the deaths of more Americans each year.
The NSC said that in 2014, over 136,000 Americans died in accidents. Unfortunately, that is an increase of 4.2% from 2013 records and a rise of 15.5% within a 10-year period. Numbers are increasing even though car accident fatalities have declined by 22% since 2005.
Furthermore, overdose deaths have risen by 78% in 10 years, dethroning car accidents as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Also, deaths from falls have risen by 63% over a decade.
NSC statistical manager Ken Kolosh said the American society and government need to work harder to prevent these deaths. According to Kolosh, we still have yet to exhaust all our efforts in trying to minimize instances of accidents.
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.
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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., 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.
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.
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.
A 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)
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.
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Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. 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.