Rhode Island may be a small state relative to most of the other 49 states in the nation and therefore the number of traffic accidents that occur in the state may not at first seem all that bad to people who live elsewhere. However, when you stop to think that every person who dies in a car crash leaves behind people who loved them, the actual number of people killed in crashes is no longer the measure of what is acceptable. The fact remains that only when no accidents and fatalities occur can people be pleased with the statistics.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that Rhode Island has experienced a bit of an up and down trend when it comes to the number of vehicular fatalities it has recorded in recent years. In both 2014 and 2016, 51 people died in vehicle accidents statewide and in-between that the number dipped to 45. In 2012 and 2013 there were 64 and 65 deaths, respectively.
Alcohol and excessive speed are noted factors in the vast majority of these deaths. Together, they were identified in 58 of the deaths in 2012, 40 in 2013, 30 in 2014, 39 in 2015 and in 42 of the deaths in 2016. It is even possible that both speed and drinking could have been involved in some of the same accidents and deaths.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to highlight to Rhode Island residents the true risks they face on the roads due to negligent drivers who refuse to put safety first when getting behind the wheel of vehicles.