Providence Distracted Driving Lawyer
When you’re on the road, you’re expected to be conscientious of other drivers and obey all rules of the road. Unfortunately, some drivers do not, and that is when distracted driving accidents happen. These are accidents that could have easily been prevented had the driver been focused on operating his or her own vehicle in a safe manner. Drivers are often distracted by their phones or other activities while in their cars, and that means they may fail to see a car stopping in front of them or the signal changing colors, or someone changing lanes, etc.
If you or a loved one were injured due to a distracted driver in Rhode Island, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable Providence distracted driving lawyer right away. At Kiselica Law Firm, we have years of experience protecting victims who were injured due to another driver’s negligence.
Causes of Distracted Driving in Providence, Rhode Island
Distracted driving can encompass a variety of negligent behaviors. Some of the most common accidents we represent clients for include:
- Talking on cell phone
- Operating hand-held devices while driving
- Texting while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Inattention due to other passengers in the vehicle or trying to control a child in the backseat
- Putting on makeup
- Reading a map or using a GPS
- Changing the radio station
- Watching a video or something distracting on the car’s digital control screen
Proving a Distracted Driver Caused Your Accident
Distracted driving is dangerous, and, if you are the victim, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. You have to prove the driver who caused the collision was actually at fault and was focused on something else at the time of the accident. Some of the evidence you can present to support your claim for compensation includes:
- A police report
- Any citations that were issued to someone who was using a phone in violation of laws
- Witness statements from the scene who saw that the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident
- Accident reconstruction expert reports that show the most likely cause of the accident was distracted driving
- The other driver making an admission that he or she was not focused at the time of the accident
- Phone records that show the driver was on his or her phone or texting at the time of the accident
Rhode Island Law on Cell Phone Usage While Driving
In 2018, Rhode Island passed a law that prohibits drivers from using any hand-held wireless communication devices while they are operating a motor vehicle. This law includes no usage of earbuds or headphones that cover both ears. The law does allow drivers to utilize hands-free systems or accessories, or in-car hands-free options, usually like Bluetooth.
Contact a Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer
If you need assistance with pursuing a claim for damages against a distracted driver in Rhode Island, it’s important to reach out to a skilled Providence distracted driving lawyer right away. Contact Kiselica Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation.