small size and off-the-path location shield Rhode Island from enduring the
heavy truck traffic volumes of other larger, urban areas, commercial traffic
still plays an impactful role in the safety of Rhode Island motorists.
Interstate 95 and important off-shoots carry trucks throughout the island, and
cities like Providence, Warwick and Cranston continue to attract commercial
vehicles at significant rates. That traffic leads to hundreds of fatal and
non-fatal truck-related crashes every year, many of which are the result of a
negligent truck driver or trucking company. If you're the victim of a truck
accident in Rhode Island, benefit from Michael's thorough knowledge of
commercial vehicle crash litigation and make sure that you and your family
receive compensation for the negligent actions of others.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Rhode Island:
- Railroad Law section of ATLA, Boston (July 5, 2004)
Topic: Representing The Train Crew Against The Railroad And The Trucking Company
- American Association for Justice National Convention, New York (July 11, 2011)
Topic: Persuasion At Trial From Aristotle To fMRI
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Providence may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Rhode Island Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Rhode Island, visit our Rhode Island Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 6 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 268 per year
Accident Locales: 50%(Rural), 50%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 50% of Rhode Island's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Rhode Island.
In 86% of Rhode Island truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 95: I-95: I-95 is the main north-south Interstate Highway on America's east coast. In Rhode Island, I-95 travels from the Connecticut border near Westerly through Warwick and Providence and then on to the Massachusetts border in Pawtucket. Routes I-195 and I-295 (discussed below) are spurs of I-95.
Interstate 195: I-195: Travelling a combined 40.1 miles in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, I-195 leaves its junction with I-95 in Providence then heads east to a junction with I-495 and Route 25 on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. The section of I-195 in downtown Providence is being replaced. The new route will lie just south of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier.
Interstate 295: I-295: At a length of just 26.58 miles in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, I-295 is short but vital. From its southern terminus in Warwick, it forms an essential western beltway around Providence before ending to the north in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Plans are underway to supplement I-295 with an eastern beltway around Providence.