RI and MA Car, Truck and Pedestrian Accidents Causing Injury & Death

April 26, 2014

Rhode Island  Truck and Pedestrian Accidents Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Sustains Refusal and Reckless Charges against RI Motorist involved in Crash with Pawtucket Police Cruiser

An appellate Panel of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Traffic Tribunal sustained a Breathalyzer refusal charge of a RI man. The man was charged with Breathalyzer refusal, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and violation of other ordinances. The trial judge made findings that this was a “road rage” incident which lead to a motor vehicle crash in Pawtucket with a police cruiser. The trial justice suspended the alleged scofflaws’ license for 8 months.

The alleged drunk driver was previously pinched for drunk driving as well as numerous moving violations as a result of the accident in Pawtucket, RI.

The motorist collided with a police cruiser in downtown Pawtucket. The off duty copy was on his way back to the station. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured or killed as a result of this accident.

The DUI and Criminal Charges were previously dismissed by the Rhode Island District Court.” Projo “Wozny claimed that Lynch was driving recklessly, swerved and braked in front of his car. Lynch accused the police officer of following him too closely.” Projo http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140424-traffic-tribunal-appeals-panel-upholds-charges-against-jarred-lynch.ece

RI Drunk Driving DUI Statute: § 31-27-2 Driving under influence of liquor or drugs. – (a) Whoever drives or otherwise operates any vehicle in the state while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, drugs, toluene, or any controlled substance as defined in chapter 28 of title 21, or any combination of these, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor except as provided in subdivision (d)(3) and shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of this section. ” http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/statutes/title31/31-27/31-27-2.HTM

“On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Traffic Stop and You: Improving Communications between Citizens and Law Enforcement. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2001, DOT HS 809 212″ http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/about/drunk-driving-statistics.html#sthash.SuUcr1Ml.dpuf” http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/about/drunk-driving-statistics.html

Previously, the state dropped charges of criminal drunk and reckless driving driving against the motorist.

Pedestrian Stuck by Semi Truck in North Providence
In a tragic case, A pedestrian was recently killed by a 18 wheeler / Tractor Trailer in North Providence, Rhode Island
“It’s an unfortunate incident, but he had no time to react,” said Wall, “He was very shaken up at the scene after striking the pedestrian.” WPRI

“The crash happened at about 1:20 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Branch Avenue in North Providence. State police said it appears 28-year-old David Salois, of Burrillville, parked a van in the breakdown lane and walked into traffic.” http://www.turnto10.com/story/25144272/person-struck-by-tractor-trailer-on-146

Stonington Connecticut Hit and Run Fatal Car Crash

“A 51-year-old man who was struck by a car early Friday morning in a hit-and-run accident has died of his injuries, police said.” http://www.theday.com/article/20140425/NWS04/140429759/-1/NWS
“The unidentified man was taken by Life Star helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.”

Deadly Mansfield Massachusetts Accident

There was a deadly accident in Mansfield MA. there was on fatality and another man was seriously injured on Route 140. The victims were taken to different hospitals. one victim was transported to a hospital in Attleboro and the other to a RI hospital. http://www.thesunchronicle.com/devices/breaking_news/two-hurt-in-

Wrongful Death Accident Law in Rhode Island by a RI personal injury Attorney

Article by East Providence Car Accident lawyer and RI Personal Injury Attorney, David Slepkow 401-437-1100

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

Motorists behaving badly: Drunk, Drowsy, Distracted & Reckless Accidents

April 6, 2014

RI Drowsy Dristracted DrivingDrunk driving and Stoned Driving:

Drunk and stoned automobile motorists are particularly dangerous to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcycle drivers. In the case of bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians, even a minor car crash could be deadly or cause life threatening injuries.

Surprisingly, In some instances, it is the motorcycle operator or bicycle rider who is drunk or high and negligenty causes the wreck because he cannot safely operate a bike.

In a very sad motor vehicle accident in South Kingstown, Rhode Island a drunk driver killed an innocent woman in a head on car crash / collision. The details of this auto wreck are set forth below:

In an impassioned victims statement, the deceased woman’s child lashed out out at the now convicted felon.

“I think everyone can agree that the wrong person died that night. But unfortunately, my mom is dead, and what is even more unfortunate is that you are still alive, and the world is a worse place because of it,” http://www.turnto10.com/story/25142037/ri-man-expected-to-plead-guilty-in-fatal-dui

Below you will find another very troubling example of a drunk driving accident:

In this accident an alleged drunk driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter as a result of killing a motorcycle driver. Police charged this allegedly impaired driver with numerous motor vehicle offenses including “homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a

This bike and SUV crash was what personal injury lawyers call a ‘left hand turn collision. Thankfully, the police did their due diligence in investigating this tragic mishap “They reconstructed the accident, interviewed other drivers and submitted Smith’s blood for testing at Doylestown Hospital.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a

“Police said Smith’s SUV tried to turn left from southbound Route 202 into the Logan Square shopping center that day. Smith, whose 15-year-old daughter was in the SUV with her, failed to yield the right-of-way to Maximiliano Urzua, who died after his motorcycle slammed into the side of Smith’s SUV, according to police.”http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a

“Cops: New Hope woman drunk in fatal motorcycle crash” “Nancy Smith’s blood alcohol content that day was 0.288 percent, more than three times the legal limit when her SUV and Maximilliano Urzua’s motorcycle collided, killing the Ontario, Canada, man, according to police.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2011, there were 9,878 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, which represented 31 percent of all highway deaths. This represents a 53 percent reduction from the 21,113 people killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 1982. Tragically, since 1995, the proportion of fatalities associated with alcohol-impaired drivers has remained between 30 and 32 percent. In other words, progress to drive the number of deaths towards zero has slowed.”<a href=”http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html”>http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html

“According to NHTSA General Estimates System database, in 2011, more than 173,000 people were injured in alcohol-involved crashes, including more than 27,000 who received incapacitating injuries. Moreover, nearly twice as many people in alcohol-involved crashes are killed or injured (32 percent) compared to those in non-alcohol-involved crashes (17 percent).” http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html

Sleepy or drowsy driving:

“Sleep-deprived driving is the operation of a motor vehicle while being cognitively impaired by a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, and it can impair the human brain as much as alcohol can” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep-deprived_driving reckless driving

Reckless driving of Motorcycle causing a Fatality:

“A Walnut Creek woman said the dead motorcyclist appeared to be racing the black coupe and that the motorcyclist appeared to be doing tricks.” San jose Mercury News http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_22812519/interstate-680-fatal-motorcycle-crash-caused-by-reckless?source=rss_viewed

In a different head-on motor vehicle crash, “Sykes admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, as well as being banned from getting behind the wheel for ten years.But the parents of 18-year-old Olivia said the sentencing guidelines for dangerous drivers responsible for fatalities were ‘wholly inadequate and not fit for purpose.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2596641/Parents-young-beautician-killed-drink-driver-head-crash-hit-jailed-just-eight-years.html

Texting and Driving / Distracted Driving

“The U.S. Department of Transportation intensified its message on Wednesday about the dangers of distracted driving with a shocking video on their new website, distraction.gov….In the video, three carefree teens are seen in a car laughing and talking, when the driver starts texting on her phone, unaware of the approaching stop sign — the outcome is catastrophic…The disturbing video was released as part of National Distracted Driving Month. According to the DOT, 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal crashes are in their twenties. In 2012, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents from distractions and about 421,000 people were injured.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/distracted-driving-commercial-geared-stop-texting-driving-n71121

If you were injured in an accident in Rhode island or Massachusetts, please contact RI Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow m401-437-1100 or a MA Car accident Lawyer.


Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.