Reckless and distracted driving seriously endanger the life and safety of the general public. Under Rhode Island law, reckless driving is defined as “operating a car or motor vehicle in a manner that the safety of the public is at risk.” Reckless and aggressive driving results in 33 percent of all fatalities caused by major car accidents in the U.S. This includes actions such as speeding, running stop lights, tailgating, drunk driving, failure to use turn signals, and distracted driving.
Every day in the U.S., more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured due to accidents reportedly caused by a distracted driver. Distracted driving occurs when the driver of a vehicle is doing something that takes his attention away from driving, such as:
- Taking his eyes off the road
- Taking his hands off the wheel
- Not concentrating on driving
How Rhode Island Combats Reckless Driving
Rhode Island has a number of primary laws in place to help prevent distracted driving. A primary law is one that allows an officer to stop a vehicle if he notices a cell phone violation, even if the driver hasn’t committed any other violation. These primary laws include:
- All cell phone use—both hand-held and hands-free—is prohibited for bus drivers.
- All cell phone use—both hand-held and hands-free—is prohibited for all drivers under the age of 18.
- All texting is prohibited for drivers of all ages.
We Can Help
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a distracted or reckless driver, you have the legal right to be compensated for your injury. At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we believe that reckless drivers should be held responsible for their actions. Contact us today at 888-591-9976, so we can help you get the damages you deserve.