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New RI Traffic Law in 2017: Don’t Block the Box

Car Accident

Have you ever found yourself at a busy intersection, when the light turned green but you were unable to move forward because of cars sitting in your path? Rhode Island is trying to fix this common traffic problem. On January 1, 2017, Rhode Island’s new “Don’t Block the Box” law went into effect. This law…

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Is Hands-Free Calling Safer for Drivers?

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Experienced Attorneys Serving Accident Victims In MA and RI Many people believe that hands-free cell phone use – through use of an earpiece, speakerphone, or in-car system – is safer than holding a phone while driving. This belief has led several states to ban handheld cell phone use while permitting use of hands-free devices. However,…

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The Link Between Bad Weather & Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Massachusetts and Rhode Island Attorneys for Vehicle Accident Victims Whenever liability must be proven following a car accident, the key factor is driver negligence. Whoever is determined negligent, and thus at fault for the accident, will be considered the liable party, meaning that his or her insurance must cover the costs involved. Negligent acts can…

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Pet-Induced Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

RI & MA Pet Caused Accident Attorney How many of us have considered the consequences of an unrestrained pet riding in the car?  Every 18 minutes, a car crash occurs as the result of a loose pet in the vehicle, says Paws to Click. Many of us enjoy the companionship of our pets in our…

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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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Rhode Island Law Firm Campaigns to End Distracted Driving

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated April as “Distracted Driving” Awareness month, a time to remind millions of Americans about the dangers of all types of distracted driving. For the past several years, the Bottaro Law Firm has supported the effort to curb distracted driving. As of April 2015, we have created our second…

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Why Do Drivers Knowingly Put Themselves and Others at Risk?

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A recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) highlights some startling driving behaviors despite broad awareness that these behaviors may cause serious injury or death. Risky Driving Habits Have you engaged in any of these risky driving behaviors in the last month? Running red lights: according to study, 36% of drivers run red lights. That’s…

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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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Could Your Medical Condition be the Cause of an Accident?

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Massachusetts law requires that all individuals who believe they have a medical condition that could impair their driving ability to report their condition to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Once the RMV assesses a self-report, it will instruct the driver to either: Schedule a driving test to determine whether any adaptive driving equipment or…

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