Preventing Alcohol-Related Car Accidents Over the Holidays

DUI

During the holidays, it is no surprise that we see more drivers on the road who are driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. While the numbers of DUI-related motor vehicle deaths are starting to decrease each year – thanks to the adoption of the 0.08 BAC limit and greater public awareness – there has…

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National Running Safety Month: Rhode Island Laws and Safety Tips

News

As a month when daylight is waning, November is aptly named National Running Safety Month. This is a good time to become re-acquainted with Rhode Island’s pedestrian laws and safety tips for avoiding personal injuries while running. Pedestrians must walk, jog or run on the left side of the road, opposite oncoming traffic, where no…

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Civil Suit Can Bring Justice For Victims Left Short By Criminal Process

News

A wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in Colorado demonstrates how a civil case may help to bring justice when the criminal process fails. In 2013 Natalie Egleston, 48, was killed in a skiing accident in Colorado. According to her wrongful death lawsuit, the defendant, Virginia Chen, was “skiing wildly and out of control” resulting in a collision with Egleston…

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GM Ignition Switch Update: GM Withheld Massive Replacement Parts Order

News

The General Motors ignition switch scandal has been going on for months now, but shows no signs of slowing down.   Back in April we wrote in our RI Personal Injury Law blog about the massive GM recall from this defect.  The Wall Street Journal now reports that a set of emails, not previously disclosed, shows GM placing an “urgent” order for 500,000 replacement…

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Dangerous Levels of Distraction Found With Voice-Control Devices

Distracted Driving

Drivers who multitask in their cars used to take solace knowing that voice-control devices – such as Bluetooth phones and navigational systems – allow them to talk on the phone, follow driving directions, and control car functions without using their hands. And by not using their hands, drivers reasonably assumed that they would be less distracted…

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