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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