Hurt by a Texting Driver in Rhode Island? Call Us Now!
Distracted driving has been a hazard to Rhode Island drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians as long as there have been vehicles on our roads. When drivers get distracted and divert their attention from the road ahead, they present a serious risk to all other drivers. If you were injured by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek fair compensation for your medical care, loss of income, property damage, and any other losses.
On This Page:
- Types of Driving Distractions
- Rhode Island Texting & Driving Laws
- How Our Team Can Help
- Get Help Today
- Distracted Driving FAQ
Types of Driving Distractions
The attorneys at Karns & Kerrison represent clients in all types of distracted driving accident claims, including those arising from the following:
- Texting while driving and cellphone use
- Using GPS devices
- Eating while driving
- Smoking and driving, including playing with the cigarette lighter
- Drinking and driving, including non-alcoholic beverages
- Playing with the radio or MP3 player
- Listening to loud music
- Distractions from children or other passengers
- Reading maps or directions
- Driver fatigue
Some of these activities avert a person's view of traffic and the road; these are known as visual distractions. Others divert a person's hands from the necessary tasks of driving, including keeping both hands on the steering wheel; these are known as manual distractions. Others take away from a driver's mental focus; these are referred to as cognitive distractions. Experts often say that the combination of texting and driving involves all three types of diversions — and has become a serious traffic safety problem.
Rhode Island Texting & Driving Laws
Despite bans on texting while driving in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, drivers continue to send and read text messages while behind the wheel, placing themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. When this type of negligent behavior leads to a car accident that results in serious injuries, victims have the right to seek compensation for any losses they suffer as a result. There is no excuse for texting while driving.
Texting while driving accidents can involve rear-end and head-on collisions, as well as T-bones when the distracted driver fails to stop or yield the right of way at an intersection. We understand the types of injuries victims can suffer in these accidents, and we work tirelessly to see that you receive full and fair compensation for your medical care, loss of income, property damage, and other considerations pertinent to your case.
How Our Team Can Help
These are complex cases that require the attention of a qualified Rhode Island distracted driving lawyer. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, hiring the right lawyer can go a long way toward ensuring that your interests are protected over the short and long term.
If a lawyer from Karns & Kerrison represents you after a motor vehicle accident in Rhode Island, rest assured that we are prepared to pursue every available option in an effort to determine whether another motorist's distracted driving caused the crash. We can obtain cellphone records and other evidence to help build a strong case for compensation based on the other driver's negligence.
Contact Karns & Kerrison to Discuss Your Legal Options
From our Rhode Island offices, Karns & Kerrison represent people who are suffering due to another party's negligence. We have a great deal of experience with distracted driving and texting while driving cases, and you can rely on us to provide the skillful representation necessary to secure a favorable outcome.
We try to protect our clients from a long and unpleasant court proceeding by attempting to negotiate a fair settlement on their behalf. However, we will not hesitate to take your case to court in pursuit of the results you deserve. We invite you to contact us and schedule a free initial consultation with our firm today.
No matter what type of car accident you were involved in, you can reach us by calling 401-841-5300 to schedule a free initial consultation where you can get your questions answered and learn more about your legal options.
Distracted Driving FAQ:
What are the most common distracted driving injuries?
Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of distracted driving accidents. Rear-end accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries, including: neck, back or shoulder injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe, but regardless how serious your injuries are, it's always important that you seek professional medical attention after your accident.
How can you tell if the driver who hit you was texting?
There are several ways your lawyer may go about proving that the driver who hit you was texting at the time of the accident:
- Your attorney may reach out to eye-witnesses to obtain testimonies about what they saw.
- Your lawyer may obtain cell phone records that allow them to prove that the other driver was on their phone while driving.
- Your legal team may be able to obtain security footage that proves that the driver was on their phone at the time of the crash.
- Your attorney may pursue accident reconstruction, which can help prove how the accident occurred and make it apparent that the other driver was distracted when the accident occurred.
How do you spot a distracted driver?
There are several telltale signs that a driver is distracted and should be avoided:
- They're swerving or seem incapable of staying in their own lane
- They're erratically speeding up and slowing down again
- They keep braking suddenly even though traffic around them is moving normally
- They ran a red light or stop sign
- Their eyes appear to be directed towards something inside the vehicle, rather than at the road
If you see someone who is driving while distracted, your best protection is to drive defensively. Pay attention to what the other car is doing and be prepared to react quickly if necessary. If possible, allow them to pass you, or pull ahead of them to create a wider distance. If necessary, call 911 and report the dangerous driver.