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Texting While Driving Facts in Rhode Island

By D'Alessandro & Wright, Attorneys at Law  Oct. 22, 2013 10:54a

The danger of driving while texting has become a much-discussed topic in the news media because of the traffic accidents that occur due to this form of distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving accounts for more than nine traffic deaths and approximately 1,060 injuries daily. In a 2011 study of the data concerning this, the CDC found that 69 percent of all drivers aged 18 to 64 admitted that they had talked on a cell phone while driving within the past 30 days of being surveyed. 31 percent admitted that they had read or sent text messages while driving within the past 30 days. These percentages were substantially higher in people in this country as compared to the statistics gathered among drivers across Europe.

Rhode Island's laws concerning cell phones and texting ban all cell phone usage, whether handheld or hands-free, for both bus drivers and novice drivers under the age of 18. The state also bans texting for all drivers.

A tragic example of what can happen while using a cell phone while driving recently occurred in July in Burrillville, Rhode Island when a 19 year-old female driver drifted into the oncoming traffic on Route 102. The driver and her 19 year-old passenger were killed. Witnesses reported that the driver was seen looking down at her cell phone between her knees just prior to the crash.

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Those who are injured needlessly because of the negligence of a distracted driver may seek damages for their injuries and associated losses through legal action. The families of those who are killed in this way also have a right to seek damages through a wrongful death claim. Texting while driving is just one form of negligence which can form the basis of a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Other types of negligence may include driving while impaired from alcohol and / or drugs, ignoring traffic laws, signs, and signals, driving while fatigued, or merely not paying attention while behind the wheel.

Whatever the type of negligence or the circumstances involved, these types of cases are best handled and managed by an attorney who is experienced in strongly negotiating with insurance carriers or taking your claim to court. D'Alessandro & Wright, Attorneys at Law is a personal injury firm based in Providence which has 20 years of experience in this field of law. When your injuries or the death of a loved one are someone else's fault, you should recover the financial resources you need and deserve. Contact this firm for a free case consultation to make that happen.

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