Police Chase Motorcycle & Biker killed by a Pickup Truck Turning Left

May 24, 2014

RI Police Chase AccidentsPolice in Missouri were pursuing a 2008 yellow Suzuki 600 motorcycle driven by a motorcyclist who was evading the police recklessly. The bike was going in a westerly direction when a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck was turning left. The trucker unknowingly pulled into the path of the offending motorcyclist. Sadly, the biker paid for his transgressions with his life as he was killed in the motor vehicle wreck. The truck sustained heavy damage and the motorcycle was also destroyed.

Witnesses to the motorcycle crash reported “flying debris”, sirens and a confusing situation.

There was some information in a yet to be confirmed report that the motorcycle operator attempted to ram a police cruiser prior to the law enforcement pursuit. The report did not indicate why the cyclist was evading the cops or whether the motorcycle operator had an extensive criminal record or was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

According to the Semissourian.com, “At the crash scene, a helmet and a pair of shoes were scattered; pieces of a yellow motorcycle shell could be seen nearby as emergency personnel investigated. A green truck was extensively damaged, with a tire lying a few feet away, apparently knocked loose by the impact.” http://www.semissourian.com/story/2084919.html

Thankfully, no innocent pedestrians, bicyclists or motorists were killed in this fatal motorcycle collision.

The issue of whether police should chase criminals is a significant issue in Rhode Island, Massachusetts (MA) and across the United States. These reckless and high speed pursuits often unreasonably put pedestrians, car drivers, truckers and cyclists at risk for serious injury or even wrongful death.

In a staggeringly shocking report “real police, Law enforcement Resource” reported that “In this 9 year period, the data showed that there were 2654 fatal crashes involving 3965 vehicles of which there were 3146 fatalities. Of these, 1088 were to people not in the fleeing vehicle. This means, 1088 innocent people, or 3rd parties died as a result of these pursuits.” http://www.realpolice.net/articles/police-pursuits/police-pursuits-and-the-risks.html

Over 30 percent of people who died as a result of police pursuits were innocent civilians “(30.1%) were occupants of vehicles uninvolved in the police pursuit, http://www.realpolice.net/articles/police-pursuits/police-pursuits-and-the-risks.html

According to an important report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.” http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsmotorcyclesafety/index.html

In an unrelated incident in Massachusetts “In 2011, 23-year-old Matthew Denice was dragged to death by a drunk-driving illegal alien from Ecuador. Nicolas Guaman, with a blood alcohol level at 3x the legal limit, ran a stop sign, crashed into Denice’s motorcycle and dragged the young man for a quarter mile as bystanders banged on Guaman’s truck to make him stop.” http://www.vdare.com/posts/drunk-driving-illegal-alien-guilty-of-manslaughter-in-massachusetts-dragging-death-of-matthew-denice

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, truck accident, car crash or motorcycle accident in Rhode Island (RI) or Mass. please contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury attorney or a RI Wrongful Death Lawyer. www.ricaraccidentlawyers.com

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.


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
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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
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“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
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“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
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“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.

www.ricaraccidentlawyers.com

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.


RI Laws that Reward Drunk Drivers Who Leave the Scene of a Fatal Car Crash Must be Changed!

January 25, 2014

RI  Drunk Driver AccidentsLegislation should be passed in Rhode Island*, immediately, that appropriately punishes criminals who leave the scene of an accident resulting in death. These hit and run scofflaws should face the same minimum penalties as drunk drivers who flee the scene of a deadly car crash.

The law in Rhode Island should not encourage intoxicated bar patrons from fleeing the scene of a deadly wreck in a calculated move to avoid a dui, death resulting.

Certainly, someone who leaves the scene of a motorcycle-automobile collision may be less culpable for a death then a drunk driver who kills in an accident. This is because the act of taking off may not cause the death. However, lesser penalties for leaving the scene is having the unintended consequences of rewarding drunks who take off after a deadly pedestrian crash to evade a dwi death resulting.

Currently, there are three statutes that pertain to this issue either directly or indirectly. Sadly, the statutory scheme in Rhode Island rewards inebriated motorists who hit and run and leave their victim as road kill to die.

It is nearly impossible to prove a dui unless the criminal offender is apprehended at the scene of the mishap. Even if the accused is apprehended hours after the automobile crash, it is unlikely that THEIR BLOOD ALCOHOL COULD BE ADEQUATELY PROVED by the police AT THE TIME OF THE motor vehicle traffic collision. This is even more incentive to flee after a death caused by wasted or buzzed operation of an auto.

The minimum sentence for intoxicated driving causing a fatality is set forth in RI Law, § 31-27-2.2 Driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, resulting in death. This law states “Every person convicted of a first violation shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than five (5) years and for not more than fifteen (15) years, in any unit of the adult correctional institutions in the discretion of the sentencing judge…..” (emphasis added)

There is no minimum jail sentence for people who kill another motorist in a crash and leave the scene of the accident*!

The RI law for leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting states that “Any person charged with the commission of this offense shall upon conviction be imprisoned for not more than ten (10) years and have his or her license to operate a motor vehicle…”

Please note that the executor of the estate of a deceased person may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent motor vehicle operator and seek compensation for the death on behalf of the beneficiaries of the estate.

*Editor’s Note: The state of Rhode Island general assembly issued a press release in January 2014 indicating there is proposed legislation that would strengthen hit and run law especially in the case of a serious injury or a fatality.. “STATE HOUSE – Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence) has pre-filed a bill that would create harsher penalties for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and says he is more dedicated than ever to protecting victims on the road.….For first time violators convicted of leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting, the law would change the penalties to between five and 30 years of imprisonment and between $15,000 and $50,000 in fines. The individual’s license would also be revoked for a period of at least 10 years.” State oRhode Island General ate of Rhode Island General Assembly http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/pressrelease/_layouts/RIL.PressRelease.ListStructure/Forms/DisplayForm.aspx?List=c8baae31-3c10-431c-8dcd-9dbbe21ce3e9&ID=9299

If you are injured in an accident in Rhode Island, Please contact East Providence auto accident/ 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. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.


Types of Car Accidents in RI by a Providence Injury Attorney

December 23, 2013

RI Types of Car AccidentsSpeeding Related Accidents in Rhode Island: In this day and age, many motorists are rushing to get to work or to their intended destination. As a result, there are numerous rear end car / automobile or truck crashes caused by speeding and careless operation of a motor vehicle. Speeding violations are not only limited to travelling faster then the designated speed limit but could include what is commonly known as ‘Conditions requiring reduced speed’.

(See, RI General Law § 31-14-1 Reasonable and prudent speeds. – No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing… ) This means that if it is snowing, sleeting or raining, a motorist must take that into account when determining how fast to travel. If the roads are icy, slick or wet a motor vehicle operator must reduce his speed so that an auto accident does not result. If the roads are covered with black ice or oil or you see a police detail on the side of the road or highway, it is crucial that you reduce your speed.

Article by Attorney David Slepkow 401-437-1100

If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident in Rhode Island or an automobile wreck as a result of a tortfeasor speeding then the motorist who was speeding was at least partially at fault / negligent and responsible to pay damages to the injured person. If you were injured in an auto accident in RI or MA, please contact a Rhode Island or Mass. personal Injury Attorney.

Texting and Driving and Distracted Driving: Distracted driving runs the whole gamut from texting and driving, web surfing, instant messaging, gps usage to cell phone calls and driving. The RI distracted driving statute has a very broad definition of ‘texting and driving’ http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-22/31-22-30.HTM “”Text Message”, also referred to as short messaging service (SMS) means the process by which users send, read, or receive messages on a wireless handset, including but not limited to, text messages, instant messages, electronic messages or e-mails, in order to communicate with any person or device.” http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-22/31-22-30.HTM

Hit and Run Accidents- Many hit and run accidents result from drunk driving. There have been numerous instances of a motorist who was operating under the influence of alcohol seriously injuring or killing another person and then leaving the scene of the collision to avoid criminal charges, accountability and responsibility for the deadly RI car crash.

Recently, there was a very serious fatal hit and run accident in which a woman was killed in Somerset, MA. Police is Somerset, Massachusetts arrested a man on suspicion that he was involved in the fatal hit and run car accident. Police found his front license plate at the scene of the deadly motor vehicle crash. After police requested that he turn himself in, he drove the damaged motor vehicle to the police station.

“The Somerset Police Department seized Cooper’s vehicle and his cellphone to see whether he had been calling or texting at the time of the crash. Ferreira said he did not have any further information as to what investigators found on Cooper’s phone.” http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x529845811/Arrest-made-in-fatal-Somerset-hit-and-run-accident

At the alleged perpetrator’s arraignment the district attorney documented a rather lengthy criminal record which includes ” two prior arrests for operating under the influence, as well as operating to endanger, shoplifting and larceny, and marijuana and drug possession charges from Rhode Island.” http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x529845811/Arrest-made-in-fatal-Somerset-hit-and-run-accident

Reckless driving crashes: “In United States law, reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation. It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver’s license suspension or revocation.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reckless_driving “Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2011, totaling 4,432 deaths. ”
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians

In a strange yet dangerous situation a motorcyclist played a cat and mouse game with police. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of this reckless and allegedly criminal conduct. “The motorcyclist who routinely drove his bike at 100 miles per hour along Interstates 93 and 95 and Route 24, eluding State Police and other officers for the past month was captured after a pursuit early today, authorities said.http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/10/22/motorcyclist-sought-state-police-for-reckless-driving-captured-randolph-parking-lot/kQ1t2yed0S5IplcgXwYjxN/story.html

“The suspect, identified as Daniel Rebello, 29, of Somerset, had engaged in a cat and mouse game with law enforcement, taunting an Arlington police officer on Friday and then roaring away, officials said. The State Police said on Monday Rebello called their headquarters in Framingham and boasted that he had gotten away from them once again.”

“But Rebello’s luck ran out about 7:30 a.m. today. He was arrested by Randolph Police Officer Charles Boudreau hiding behind a parked tractor trailer off Route 139 in Randolph, but only after he first sped north on Route 24 and then drove south on the grassy median strip to avoid State Police troopers waiting for him, police said.” http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/10/22/motorcyclist-sought-state-police-for-reckless-driving-captured-randolph-parking-lot/kQ1t2yed0S5IplcgXwYjxN/story.html

Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrian accidents are particularly sad since many pedestrian accidents are fatal leading to Providence Superior Court Wrongful Death litigation. If you or a loved on was injured in a car-pedestrian accident then it is imperative that you retain a RI Personal Injury attorney or a Wrongful Death lawyer in Rhode Island asap.


Types of Negligence and Injury Claims in RI and MA

December 11, 2013

RI Types of Negligence and Injury ClaimsThis posts by RI and MA Attorney, David Slepkow 401-437-1100, sets forth non automobile / car crash personal injury claims which most commonly occur in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Pedestrian Accidents- Pedestrian Accidents in RI and MA typically occur in large metropolitan areas such as Boston or Providence. Often, these involve a motor vehicle hitting a pedestrian crossing the street or on the sidewalk. Many of these mishaps are caused by distracted driving such as motorists texting and driving, web surfing and driving or even updating their Facebook status.

In some personal injury claims a key issue is whether the pedestrian was partially at fault for the car accident. In some instances the pedestrian is reading a magazine, playing on their smartphone, listening to music with headphones or texting and walking. Rhode Island is a pure comparative fault state in which a pedestrian can still receive damages if they are more than 50 percent at fault for the pedestrian accident. In Massachusetts, a person can not recover any damages if a jury or judge determines they are more than 50 percent at fault for the crash or mishap.

Motorcycle Accident: Bike collisions in Mass. and Rhode Island require a skilled and experienced Personal injury attorney. Sadly there are numerous fatal motorcycle accidents which often lead to wrongful death litigation.

The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration reports: “The number and rate of motorcyclist deaths on U.S. roads are rising dramatically. Motorcycle rider fatalities rose 115 percent between 1997 and 2005. During the same time, fatality numbers and rates for passenger car crashes “Motorcycle fatalities and the related fatality rate have been significantly increasing over the last 10 years. This has become a serious safety issue for NHTSA and FHWA. Between 1996 and 2005, motorcyclist fatalities increased more than 110 percent and now account for more than 10 percent of all motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities. <a dropped. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/motorcycles/

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Premises liability– Premises Liability claims are all types of accidents occurring on premises as a result of the actions or inaction of an owner or operator of the property. Although Slip and fall Personal injury Causes of actions in Mass and RI make up a large percentage of all premises liability negligence cases, there are hundreds of different premises liability claims.

These Rhode Island and Massachusetts injury claims include: Trip and fall, asbestos exposure, dog bites, falls from cliffs, Inadequate security measures enabling criminal conduct, negligent security, Sidewalk or roadway defects, Poorly lit stair cases, falling debris, falling merchandise, or hanging hazards, carbon monoxide leaks, escalator accidents, elevator accidents, iced entrance ways, slippery or obstructed floors, electric shock due to exposed electric wiring etc.

Slip and fall Accidents: In Rhode island “”[A] landowner has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of persons reasonably expected to be on the premises, and that duty includes an obligation to protect against the risks of a dangerous condition existing on the premises, provided the landowner knows of, or by the exercise of reasonable care would have discovered, the dangerous condition. The burden of proving that sufficient evidence existed to show that the defendants knew or should have known of an unsafe condition on their premises is on the plaintiff.” Lieberman v. Bliss-Doris Realty Associates

A RI or MA Slip and Fall Attorney can asses the value of your slip and fall claim and the likelihood you can prevail.

Bicycle accidents “Approximately one out of six highway fatalities in the United States is a bicyclist or pedestrian each year. Estimates for 1995 indicate that 61,000 bicyclists were injured and 830 were killed in traffic crashes. These crashes can be classified or “typed” by their precipitating actions, predisposing factors, and characteristic populations and/or location that can be targeted for intervention.” https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/pedbike/96104/

Boating Accidents– Boating related accidents could occur on land or out on the river, ocean or lake. Typically the normal laws of negligence apply to these boat accidents. A Boating accident is not only limited to motorboat and Sailboat crashes but includes jet ski, canoe accidents and other personal watercraft accidents.

Truck Accidents- Tractor trailer Accidents in RI and Mass can involve a big rig or semi truck colliding with an automobile, bus, van or other motor vehicle. Sadly many trucking accidents result from drowsy or sleepy driving by the 18 wheeler trucker who is under pressure to get his or her load to its intended destination on time. Recently there have been an increase in distracted driving fatal truck collisions when a motor vehicle operator or trucker is texting and driving, using a cell phone or operating a GPS.

TruckAccident.org reports that “Of the 15.5 million trucks in the U.S., nearly 13 percent are semis, big rigs, 18 wheelers and tractor trailers
•About 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality
•Fatal tractor trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, $13.1 billion of which is the cost associated with loss of quality of life
•For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. road ways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs” http://www.truckaccidents.org/statistics/

If you were injured in a MA or Boston Area Accident involving injuries or death, please contact a Mass. Personal injury Attorney or a Wrongful death lawyer. If involved in a Rhode Island or Providence area accident then contact a RI Personal Injury Lawyer. If you are looking for a hernia mesh lawsuit law firm, contact us.

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.


RI Car Accidents Caused by Snowstorm, Icy Roads & Bad Weather

December 6, 2013

Rhode Island Snowstorm Car AccidentsSlick and slippery roads are not a proper excuse for causing a Motor vehicle accident in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. Motor Vehicle operators are expected to reduce their speed and take proper safety precautions to account for black ice, icy rain, sleet and snow covered roads.

Not even a lack of visibility as a result of a snowstorm or blizzard is a valid excuse to get out of liability for an automobile crash in bad weather causing personal injury in Rhode Island or Mass. In nearly all situations a van, car or tractor trailer operator is negligent for rear end collisions, even if the crash occurs when the road or highway is a slippery mess or the black ice on the road is not visible.

Authored by RI and MA Injury Lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100

Police officers are often very aggressive in pulling over and ticketing drivers who are going too fast considering the weather conditions. Officers in Rhode Island can ticket a car driver for ‘conditions requiring reduced speed’. Police Officers are trying to prevent pedestrians and motorists from being seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle wreck when a motor vehicle skids, spins or slides as a result of icy conditions.

Pedestrians are not the only thing a motor vehicle operator must be on the watch for. There are also persons who are skiing, snowboarding, utilizing snow blowers, shoveling or clearing their car of snow on or near the street.

If you injured in a Massachusetts or Rhode Island car crash it is important that you immediately contact a RI Car Accident lawyer or a Massachusetts Personal injury Attorney from Mass or the Providence RI area.

If you are driving an auto or truck during a powerful storm in the winter with a foot of snow and freezing rain and tough driving conditions, it is not going to get you out of being liable for a motor vehicle wreck in RI.

Unfortunately, truck drivers and semi truck operators in Mass or Rhode Island often are in such a rush to get their load to its destination they do not pull their tractor trailer/ big rig over to wait out a dangerous storm! This type of reckless conduct by 18 wheeler truckers often leads to crashes causing personal injury.

Especially in Urban centers such as Boston MA or Providence RI, it is particularly important to drive carefully and watch for pedestrians on the roads or sidewalks. After snowstorm, pedestrians are often force onto the street when the sidewalk is covered with snow
accumulations or covered with ice. It is also important to not get too close to pedestrians who could slip and fall on an icy street, curb or sidewalk onto the path of an oncoming car or truck. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident please consult with a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer or a Pedestrian Accident Injury Law lawyer in RI.

It is also imperative that motorists watch out for children who may be sledding near a road or playing in snow accumulations near a neighborhood street. Motorist should anticipate a child playing and not being careful and should reduce speeds and steer clear of all children.Pedestrian accidents that are fatal are particularly sad during the snow filled holiday seasons. Tragically, some car accidents in nor’easters or bad weather conditions are deadly / fatal and can result in years of wrongful death litigation.

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.


10 Motorcycle Safety TIPS For MA, RI, & UK to Prevent Bike Accidents

June 17, 2013

Motorcycle Accidents Tips10 Tips to Motorcycle Safety Awareness in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, The United States and in the UK- A comparative Analysis

Motorcycling is the most dangerous way to travel in the United States and on the roads in the UK, RI and MA. Every day, an average of 30 motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured in the UK in motor vehicle accidents, which means they are 75 times more likely than car drivers to sustain a serious or fatal personal injury when on the road.

While the number of accidents involving motorcyclists has fallen in England in recent years, it still remains a disproportionately dangerous way to get around. Other road users are often found to be at fault in personal injury compensation claims involving motorcyclists, but there are still a number of things people can do to improve their safety and prevent accidents.

In the United States including Rhode Island and Massachusetts, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers.” http://barrington.patch.com/articles/should-ri-re-think-its-motorcycle-helmet-laws

Surprisingly, Rhode Island only requires motorists under 21 and new Bikers to wear helmets. RI Law is set forth below:

“Title 31. Motor and Other Vehicles. Chapter 10.1. Special License for Motorcycles, Motor Scooters, and Other Motor Driven Cycles. Section 31-10.1-4. Equipment. : “. . . Any operator under the age of twenty-one (21) shall wear a helmet of a type approved by the administrator of motor vehicles. In addition, all new operators, regardless of age, shall be required, for a period of one year from the date of issuance of the first license pursuant to s 31-10.1-1, to wear a helmet of a type approved by said administrator.”

1- Wear a helmet

Motorcyclists are legally obliged to wear helmets when on the road in the UK. However, “Just 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, have universal motorcycle helmet laws requiring usage despite the fact that studies show that helmets can help reduce your injury risk in a crash.” http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/06/state-by-state-guide-to-motorcycle-helmet-laws.html

Any motorcycle or moped helmet sold in the UK must meet certain safety standards. Goggles and visors must also meet British or European safety standards and will have a BSI Kitemark or equivalent European mark. A SHARP rating system judges helmets on their safety standards and gives them a mark from 1 to 5. Helmets prevent against brain and head injuries and have undoubtedly saved countless lives.

2- Wear protective clothing

While there is no legal requirement for motorcyclists to wear any protective clothing other than helmets, it is highly advisable that they also wear gloves, boots, trousers and jackets. People can sustain horrific personal injuries when they fall from a motorbike at high speed, but protective clothing can prevent this from happening. Motorcycle shops frequently sell clothes that have been tested for strength and resilience.

3- Wear high-visibility clothing

While many bikers may prefer to wear black leathers, this choice makes them considerably harder to see and increases their likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Many motorcycle clothes have high-visibility fluorescent patches on them, while others come in brighter colors. Motorcyclists ought to wear bright clothes so other road users can see them easily. This is important when riding in the daytime as well as at night.

4- Wear comfortable clothing

Motorcyclists should ensure they are completely comfortable in the clothes they purchase are completely comfortable. On a long journey, slightly uncomfortable clothes could start to cause chafing or irritation, which can be a distraction. Distractions will reduce concentration and can lead to motorcycle accident claims.

5- Anticipate the actions of other road users

Defensive riding ensures that motorcyclists can prepare for any adverse road conditions and take careful evasive action when needed. Riders should travel a doors’ width away from parked cars and ensure they can be seen when overtaking vehicles. Bad Weather conditions are particularly problematic in Northeastern states such as Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (Mass.) Proper defensive driving will also ensure that a motorcyclist never finds themselves liable in a car accident compensation claim.

6- Consider additional training

A Motorcycle safety course is relatively cheap and saves lives. Riders shouldn’t consider themselves competent and skilled motorcyclists when they pass their initial test – there are plenty of additional training courses that they can go on post-test. For example, BikeSafe is led by the police force, and when riders complete an assessment, they will receive feedback on the areas they could improve on, which could prevent them suffering a serious personal injury in the future.

7- Don’t ride in bad weather

Research has shown that motorcyclists and other road users are considerably more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident when the weather is poor than during dry conditions. Motorcyclists should not go out on the road in poor weather unless the journey is absolutely unavoidable and there are no alternative methods of transportation they can use. The most dangerous time is immediately after the rain begins or during icy conditions, as this is when traction is lowest.

8- Less-skilled motorcyclists should not ride high-performance motorbikes

Modern Bikes are considerably more powerful than they used to be and many new models should only ever be rode by competent professionals. Riders should not overestimate their skills and should ensure they are capable of controlling a motorcycle and maintaining a safe speed when they buy a new vehicle. New motorcyclists are advised to choose slower and less powerful bikes.

9- Buy a vehicle with anti-lock brakes

Research has shown that anti-lock brakes considerably improve safety on motorcycles by maintaining traction on the road. This means that in adverse weather conditions, motorcycles can stop quickly without skidding or losing control. Riders will therefore be able to avoid motor vehicle accidents and take evasive action when required. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists with anti-lock brakes reduce their likelihood of being involved in a road traffic accident in which they sustain a fatal personal injury by 31%.

10- Check motorbikes before every journey

Before riders set off on journeys, they should check that the directional signals, lights and horn work properly and that the chain, brakes and belt or shaft are functioning properly. They should also ensure the Tire pressure is correct and that the tires are not worn down.

While following these tips will not eliminate the likelihood of riders being involved in motorcycle accident Lawsuit or other personal injury claims, it should improve their safety significantly.

If you are injured in a Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident or MA Bike Crash please contact Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow 401-437-1100

Author Bio:-
Carla Steve loves traveling but she is always acutely aware of the risks he faces while on the roads. As a result, she spends a lot of time blogging about motorcycle accidents and head injuries due to accident. She also likes listening to heavy metal.

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