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Roads in Rhode Island are more dangerous than others

No matter the supposed safety improvements made to vehicles and stricter traffic laws, accidents continue to happen. Car accidents happen every day in the U.S., including here in Rhode Island. In fact, research shows they are occurring at a relatively higher rate in our state. 

The Property Casualty Insurance Association of America reports that 2016 was the deadliest year in terms of traffic accidents in Rhode Island since 2007. We are nearly midway through 2017. Will this year shape up to be even worse for motorists in the state?

How can you get a 601 waiver?

You came to America to seek a better life, and you're concerned that you could be deported. Coming to America illegally was not the correct way to enter, but there are some ways to protect your right to stay. One option for you to get into the United States is to leave for 10 years and reapply after your reentry ban ends. If you're unable to leave for fear of your life, there are other options.

One of the things you may want to apply for is a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility due to extreme hardship. If you file this, there is a chance you will be identified as a person who needs to be allowed into the country and be allowed to stay. There is no guarantee, however, which is why it's a good idea to work with your attorney.

2 hurt and home damaged in 2-car crash in Providence

Some car accidents are more than just two vehicles colliding. There are times when the collision itself can head off the roads and into homes, yards or pedestrians. When accidents like this occur, the collateral damage is high. Those who weren't even on the roads are impacted.

That happened in Providence, Rhode Island, recently when a two-car accident left the road. Around 6:00 p.m., one vehicle ran a stop sign and hit another. The second vehicle went off the road, striking a home on Fisk Street.

Mistakes to avoid when applying for U.S. citizenship

If you came to the United States on vacation, to work or to visit family and decide you want to stay, there are many pathways to citizenship. Almost all of them are difficult to handle without the help of a knowledgeable attorney.

Close to 700,000 people become naturalized citizens every year in the United States per the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and most will tell you that it takes patience, diligence and hard work to get there. Some simple mistakes can hurt your chances of getting citizenship, cost you extra time and money, and even have your request denied. At a time when tensions surrounding immigration are high, you should know how to keep a low profile and avoid mistakes that are common for those applying for citizenship.

Maritime law: You have a right to compensation when hurt

When you're in a maritime accident, you may find that your case falls under the both-to-blame clause. The ocean marine insurance policy has this clause stating that if one ship or vessel collides with another because both parties were negligent, both parties need to share in the losses based on the value of their cargo and interests before the accident occurred.

Globalization is on the rise, and that means the shipping industry is booming. Transporting goods is a major industry, but that does mean more vessels are in the water. If a vessel collides with another one, a company can protect itself with the above insurance policy. It provides protection against fire, piracy, barratry, collisions and sinking, capsizing or becoming stranded.

Unauthorized immigrants on edge, fear immigration agents

With many new policies in place this presidency, it's perhaps no surprise that immigrants feel threatened. There are thousands upon thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many live normal lives with families. They work hard, pay their bills on time and pay their taxes.

Despite this, changes within the government have some on edge. A news report about undocumented immigrants living in Rhode Island discussed a man and his girlfriend who live in a basement and, fear going out into public and being arrested for being in the country illegally. Although he has not committed any crimes, he believes undocumented immigrants from all backgrounds are now being lumped together.

Are boating accidents common in the United States?

You love heading out on the water. You have fun with your family and enjoy the sun and heat of a Rhode Island summer. One thing that you're concerned over is the potential for a boating accident.

It's true that boating accidents can easily cause harm to those riding on the vessel, so it's important to take safety measures into your own hands. Always be aware of where you're headed and the weather conditions. Make sure to avoid alcohol and to stay hydrated when you're on the water.

What compensation is available for an injured seaman?

Getting injured while you are at work on a ship or boat is an unfortunate situation, but thankfully there is a federal law that protects you. The Jones Act gives you the right to file a lawsuit against your employer and receive compensation if you get an injury on the job as a seaman. If you are wondering what compensation is available under this law, keep reading.

Mens rea: The mental state behind the crime

"Mens rea" is the legal term that refers to the mental status, or "guilty mind," of the defendant at the time the crime was committed. It's what ultimately helps determine exactly what crime a person should be convicted of having committed, if at all.

For example, murder cases may hinge on whether or not the defendant acted with the intent to kill and whether that intent was planned or unplanned. The difference between a first-degree murder conviction and a second-degree murder conviction, for example, often comes down to the defendant's mens rea. He or she may have intentionally caused the victim's death, but was the murder premeditated or a purely impulsive action? If it was premeditated, or planned, it was first-degree murder.

Marrying while in the United States on a tourist visa

What happens when you happen to be in the United States on a temporary visa, like a B1 for business or a B2 for tourism, meet someone and fall in love? These are the answers to some of the most important questions that you may have.

-- Do you have to wait until you are able to get a K1, or fiance's visa, in order to get married and apply for a green card?

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