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Judge Vs. Jury Trials in Personal Injury Accident Cases

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.

Slip and Fall Accidents Discussed by Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney

Slip and Fall Accidents Discussed by Rhode Island Personal Injury AttorneySometimes it’s difficult to prove who’s at fault for slip and fall accidents. Many people are seriously injured each year from slipping and falling on the floor, stairs, or other slippery or uneven surface. Sometimes even the ground becomes uneven and people fall resulting in serious injuries.

As a property owner you’re required by law to maintain your property so that it is safe for visitors and passersby. If anyone experiences a serious slip and fall accident on your property, you may be liable.

Oftentimes slip and fall accidents occur in public areas such as restaurants, parking lots, hotels, gas stations, grocery stores, apartment complexes, convention centers, just about anywhere you go in public. These accidents are often the result of:

• Slipping on ice and snow on sidewalks, driveways or walkways
• Falling into an open hole
• Slipping and falling down a flight of stairs
• Falling on dangerous patches of pavement or ground
• Slipping on liquids or food on the floor
• Building code violations
• Defective stairway or floor design
• Lack of a proper stairway handrail

Slip and fall cases are not clear cut, they can be very complex because there may be multiple people responsible for your accident.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to ask yourself this question before thinking of filing a lawsuit – If the property owner was more careful could my accident have been avoided?

While there is no clear cut rule as to what has to have happened in order to file a lawsuit, in general, if the property owner exercised reasonable care to ensure that their property was free from dangerous conditions, you would have to discuss your case with an experienced Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney to determine whether the property owner would be liable for your injuries.

The other issue in slip and fall accidents is based upon determining whether or not your carelessness contributed to the accident. The rules of “comparative negligence” help measure your own reasonableness in going where you did, in the way you did, just before the accident happened. Comparative Negligence means that if you in some way were responsible for your injuries, your award for damages will be lessened based upon the amount that you were comparatively at fault.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, our Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney can assist you to explore your legal options and determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.

You’ll find the help you need at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., where we have been successfully representing people in personal injury cases for more than forty years.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers have all been designated as “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Ronald J. Resmini has earned the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

We have won millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients. We are a top-notch Rhode Island Law Firm that knows how to defend complicated cases such as Slip and Fall Accidents.

Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today to schedule your free consultation with a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney. Pick up the phone and call us now at 401.751.8855.

Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney Discusses The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney Discusses The Dangers of Distracted DrivingWith virtually everyone owning a cellphone, cellphones have become a major part of our everyday life, and while the benefits of cellphones are numerous, using a cellphone has also proven to be extremely dangerous.

Most people are aware of the dangers of texting and driving, and most people are probably also aware of the dangers of getting distracted while talking on cell phones while driving, even if people are talking on hands free devices.

What most people are not aware of is, that distracted driving has become more dangerous than drunk driving, and is now the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.

In a matter of just a few seconds, a distracted driver can cause serious injuries or even death to themselves or others. In 2012, distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people, an additional 421,000 people were injured. The number of injuries increased by 9 percent over the preceding year. Despite the known hazards and the fact that in many states it is illegal, people persist in using their cellphones while driving.

Studies show that drivers using phones to text are twice as likely to cause a crash as a drunk driver and are eight times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers. There are three main types of distractions:

• Visual – taking your eyes off the road.
• Manual – taking your hands of the steering wheel.
• Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported recent cellphone use while driving. Nearly one-third additionally reported reading or sending texts while driving at least once in the 30 days prior to their study participation.

Studies show that if you are going 60 MPH on a highway, it only takes 2 seconds of inattention to cause a car accident. When you consider that texting typically takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the potential for a serious car accident is almost inevitable.

When someone is seriously injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the driver that caused the accident may be responsible for paying damages to the injured parties.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, let our Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney help you navigate the complex legal world of insurance companies, claims agents and legal proceedings.

You’ll find the help you need at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., where we have been successfully representing people in personal injury cases for more than forty years.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers have all been designated as “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Ronald J. Resmini has earned the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

We have won millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients. We are a top-notch Rhode Island Law Firm that knows how to defend complicated cases such as Distracted Driving Accidents.

Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today to schedule your free consultation with a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney. Pick up the phone and call us now at 401.751.8855.

Written By: Ronald J. Resmini

Last Updated : Tuesday, September 1, 2020