Rhode Island Personal Injury Law Best Practices: Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April 17th, 2019
Almost a decade ago, our family was personally touched by a tragedy caused by a Rhode Island texting and driving car accident. At that time, the Providence Journal published an editorial I had written about the relatively newly discovered dangers of distracted driving. As a personal injury lawyer, since that time, the danger remains. According to the National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving motor vehicle accidents every day.
This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the NSC’s goal is create a united effort to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and eliminate preventable personal injuries and fatalities that occur from distracted driving. Here is some information to bring awareness to your family and friends:
Know the Statistics
Texting while driving is one of the biggest distractions drivers face daily. In Rhode Island, we have already established a “hands-free” law, which eliminates drivers from using their phones whilst on the road and operating a vehicle. However, many people still break this law and are found texting or talking on the phones while behind the wheel. Sending a text and looking away from the road for 5 seconds while driving 55mph is equivalent to driving almost the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!
Knowing the potential threats that distracted driving can lead to can definitely help drivers pay more attention to the roads and reduce the amount of car accidents that are caused by distractions.
Educate Others and Get Involved
One of the first steps to stopping this epidemic of distracted driving is to educate yourself and others around you to ensure maximum safety on the roads. As a personal injury attorney, I have made a point to educate my personal injury law team about the dangers of distracted driving so they could also inform their family and friends of these threats we face on the road every day.
Whether you are a student getting involved with your local Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD) chapter to raise awareness at school, or are a parent talking with their new driver about the new laws, it is extremely important to spread the news and educate as many people as you can.
Contact the Right Personal Injury Attorney
Despite knowing all of the precautions, it is still possible to find yourself in a car accident due to a distracted driver. Finding a personal injury attorney with the proper legal experience is imperative, and The Bottaro Law Firm is available via phone call or text message 24/7.
We will help you file a legal claim, refer you to treatment centers to help your personal injuries, and fight with the insurance companies for you to make sure you receive the proper compensation you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers will even order phone records to prove that the person who hit you was distracted at the time of the accident!
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