COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open! Our team is working and offering consultations via phone and e-mail.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Best Lawyers has been generating elite lists of peer-reviewed attorneys across more than 140 practice areas for more than 30 years. Only the best attorneys are selected each year.

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year

    Lawyer of the Year is awarded to attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for their specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is selected as Lawyer of the Year for each area of law and location.

  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report
    Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report

    Best Law Firms publishes a list of law offices recognized for professional excellence and impressive ratings from clients and peers. Eligible law firms must first be recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, a distinction only the top practicing attorneys in the U.S. receive.

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

    Attorneys selected to the list of Super Lawyers must be nominated by their peers and evaluated and researched by an independent panel. The goal of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers in need of legal counsel.

  • LawDragon

    Selection to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer guide is both prestigious and hard-earned. Lawdragon selects only 500 honorees each year in an effort to recognized only the most distinguished practicing attorneys.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars

    The research team at Super Lawyers choose less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state to receive their Rising Stars honors. Super Lawyers is a rating service composed of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas and uses a statewide survey of lawyers and independent research to evaluate and select candidates.

  • Martindale - Hubbell AV Preeminent
    Martindale - Hubbell AV Preeminent

    Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ is the gold standard when it comes to rating lawyers who have been recognized for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. These ratings are used by attorneys referring clients and people researching lawyers for their own legal needs in order to choose the appropriate legal representative for their situation.

  • Save Our Juries
    Save Our Juries

    Save Our Juries was founded in 1958 and is a public awareness campaign sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates. Some of the most respected plaintiff and defense civil attorneys in the United States are members of ABOTA. The goal of Save Our Juries to educate and mobilize citizens to protect our Seventh Amendment rights.

Rhode Island Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Injured Bicyclists Deserve Experienced Legal Help. Call Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. Today!

Bicycling has risen in popularity in recent years because of its status as an environmentally friendly and physically healthy form of transportation. However, bicyclists are especially prone to accidents due to the limited protection that bicycles provide; for many, the only protection they have is a helmet. Thus, when crashes do happen, the result can be a severe, life-changing injury or even death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, a legal claim may be a viable option to seek compensation from the at-fault party and bring them to justice. Our attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. are prepared to join you in your fight for your rights, as we are passionate about helping the victims of negligence through the civil justice system. For more than 40 years, we have represented injured Rhode Island residents, winning them multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements.

Contact Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. online. Our bicycle accident lawyers offer free, confidential case evaluations to Rhode Island residents.

Potential Negligence Behind Bicycle Accidents

There are many different factors that can cause bicycle accidents, such as inattentiveness on the part of a motor vehicle driver. While it is true that some accidents are nobody’s fault, many of them can be attributed to one of the parties involved. For instance, many bicycle accidents are caused by a motor vehicle driver not giving bicyclists enough room on the road or failing to see them in their blind spot while changing lanes. In these cases, injured bicyclists are entitled to hold these drivers accountable via a legal claim.

Some other negligent causes of bicycle accidents include but are by no means limited to:

  • Speeding or tailgating
  • Attempting to execute an unlawful pass
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Unsafe right-hand turns
  • Failing to check for bicyclists at intersections

If the other party was engaging in any of the above acts of negligence leading up to the accident, you may be able to recover damages, such as past and future lost wages, medical bills and expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

For negligence that led to the tragic death of your loved one, you may be able to recover compensation for any damages you experienced as a result of this terrible event (e.g. loss of companionship and guidance) or for damages experienced by your loved one between the time of the accident and the time of their death (for instance, their own emotional distress, medical bills for their care, etc.).

Rhode Island Bicycle Laws

The State of Rhode Island General Laws §31 mandates that bicyclists must be treated as motor vehicle drivers. Therefore, bicyclists are required to obey the laws of the road and regularly maintenance their bicycles, making sure that their headlights and taillights are in working order. This also means that drivers — no matter the vehicle — must treat bicyclists with the same standard of care they are obligated to provide to other drivers on the road.

A law that often arises in bicycle accident claims is the safe passing law, General Laws § 31-19, which mandates that motor vehicle drivers may only pass a bicyclist by driving to the left of the bicycle, leaving ample room in case the bicycle should tip over. Moreover, the driver may only return to the lane after the bicyclist has been completely passed.

There are three exceptions to this safe passing law:

  • The bicyclist is within a designated bicycle lane;
  • The motor vehicle is traveling at a speed slower than 15 miles per hour; and
  • The bicyclist is turning left, and thus the driver is passing the bicyclist by maneuvering to the right.

Shared Liability in Bicycle Accident Claims

It is possible for the liability to be shared between two or more parties. The state adopted comparative negligence law for this reason, which means that an injured bicyclist can still pursue a legal claim if they were only minorly (less than 51%) responsible for the accident. They will not, however, be entitled to full compensation; rather, compensation will be scaled back per their percentage of fault.

Contact a Skilled Lawyer

Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. has a team of renowned attorneys passionate about providing legal services to injured bicyclists. We have helped many clients win their own claims, and while no firm can guarantee a favorable outcome for any case, our proven track record of success does serve as evidence of our acumen and experience.

Call our bicycle accident attorneys at (401) 200-4059 today for legal help. If you prefer, you can also reach us by filling out an online form.