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Reminder: Scholarship Applications Due May 1, 2015

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On February 17, 2015, we announced the Bottaro Law Firm’s “Don’t Text & Drive” Scholarship. The application window is still open, and we encourage all undergraduate students to apply before the May 1, 2015 deadline. The $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to one deserving student on June 1 for the Fall 2015 semester. About the…

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RI Senate Passes Ban on Drivers Who Call with Handheld Devices

Distracted Driving

We applaud the Rhode Island Senate’s recent steps toward joining CT and other states banning handheld cellphone calls while driving.  Senate Bill 0267, sponsored by Sen. Susan Sosnowski, was passed in the RI Senate on March 19 by unanimous vote.  Violators would have to pay $100 unless they can produce  evidence of a hands free…

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Why These Injury Lawyers Are Heroes

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Corporations will place profits over safety. This is a repeating truth in our world history. When corporations knowingly risk human lives in order to avoid financial loss, this, to me, is one of the most severe types of injustice. In the automotive history, we saw it with the Ford Pinto, and now we see it…

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Court-Annexed Arbitration in RI

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How do you get the most out of court-annexed arbitration, required by Rhode Island courts for most personal injury cases? The court-annexed arbitration process may allow you to settle your case without going to trial. But you will still have the option to go to trial if you are not happy with the arbitration award. How does court-annexed arbitration in…

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RI Law on Rescuers Places a Premium on Human Life

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What if a person who is brave enough to rescue someone in danger acts negligently during the rescue and suffers injuries? Does RI personal injury law require that a jury apportion fault between the rescuer and the rescued under the comparative negligence statute, as in other negligence cases? Rhode Island’s Comparative Negligence Statute In order to…

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National Running Safety Month: Rhode Island Laws and Safety Tips

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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

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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

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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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