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.
The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.. may be able to help you receive financial compensation after an accident. Seek our legal assistance by getting in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling (401) 751-8855. Take charge of your life now.
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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., at 401.751.8855 if you want to hold manufacturers responsible for their actions.
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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, 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.
Eighteen-year-old Cumberland, Rhode Island resident Carl John III lost his life after he was hit by a white sport utility vehicle at around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2 while walking with a friend along Bear Hill Road in Cumberland.
Police officials reported that John had been able to receive medical attention at Rhode Island Hospital after the vehicular accident, but that he succumbed to his mortal injuries a day after being admitted on Tuesday, May 3.
Witnesses stated that the driver of the SUV that struck John left the scene of the accident after the crash.
However on Tuesday, the driver, identified as 29-year-old Stoughton, Massachusetts resident Laura Belhumeur, turned herself in to police officials investigating the case accompanied by her lawyer. Belhumeur was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury.
Belhumeur’s bail was set by the district court judge at $10,000 personal recognizance and has scheduled a pretrial conference for July 7.
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, Accident & Injury Lawyers, 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.
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.
Are you wondering which type of trial will be a better option for you as you seek justice in your personal injury case? You’re not alone. Many experienced personal injury attorneys will recommend one over the other, as each offers their own benefits and drawbacks.
When a judge determines the outcome of a personal injury trial, it’s called a “bench trial.” In these situations, the judge will assume two roles: first, he or she will determine the admissibility of evidence; second, he or she will rule on the credibility of that evidence as well as that of any witnesses in order to deliver a final verdict.
A bench trial is generally considered to be favorable for complex cases that involve a great deal of legal jargon, as these types of cases pose the risk of confusing or overloading a jury. However, a personal injury case is a civil case and therefore the standard of proof is less complicated than in criminal trials. Also, juries are more inclined to be swayed by the emotional aspects of a case, and emotional appeals are a major aspect of most personal injury cases.
Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., are skilled and experienced in representing victims of accidents in both bench and jury trials. We will work with you throughout this process in order to build a strong claim to compensation on your behalf. To speak to a member of our Rhode Island legal team about your situation today, call us at (401) 751-8855.
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