While there is promising evidence that car accident rates have decreased over the years, there are still thousands of life-altering crashes involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles every year. Many innocent drivers continue to suffer catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities because others on the road are engaging in distracted driving, drunk driving, and other negligent behaviors.
The Rhode Island car accident lawyers at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. have helped hundreds of clients injured by negligent drivers in this state. Our team has the experience to protect your rights and get you the full compensation you deserve. By explaining all your legal options and advocating for appropriate recovery, we aim to help you heal from your injuries and find peace of mind for the future.
For more information on your rights and options after a serious car accident, call (401) 200-4059. Your consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we win your case.
Understanding the True Toll of Car Accidents
When you’ve been involved in a car accident – no matter how minor – it can be incredibly traumatic and result in severe injuries. According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately three million people who are non-fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents on an annual basis. Those crash-related injuries collectively take a toll worth billions of dollars, costing our healthcare system and employers up to $75 billion every year, and costing far more in terms of lifetime expenses for victims.
Car accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries and debilitating conditions, such as:
- Lacerations, scrapes, and wounds
- Broken and shattered bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries and vocal cord paralysis
- Severed limbs
- Spinal cord injuries & paralysis
- Internal bleeding and hemorrhaging
- Herniated discs and displaced joints
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
After a car accident, you may be grappling with permanent or long-term changes to your health, mobility, career, and family life. Many car accident injuries will require years of treatment and significant financial resources to heal, as well as sustained psychological counseling and rehabilitative assistance. Filing an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver may often be the best way for victims to get the resources or “damages” they deserve after a crash caused by negligence.
How Are Car Accident Cases Evaluated in Rhode Island?
Every state handles fault for car accidents a little differently. In Rhode Island – which is an at-fault or “tort” state – car accidents are evaluated on the principle of “pure comparative negligence.” In essence, this means that you can still file a car accident lawsuit against a negligent driver even if you were somewhat responsible for the crash too. However, your share of the compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your participation: For example, a person ruled 10% at fault for an accident can only receive up to 90% of the requested damages.
It’s also important to understand what counts as negligent behavior while driving. Negligence on the road can look like:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI/DWI)
- Distracted driving and texting
- Road rage and aggression
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Failing to obey traffic signals and stop signs
- Improper merging or signaling to merge
- Failing to look when backing out of a space
Taking on a Diverse Range of Car Accident Claims in Providence & Beyond
From our offices in Providence, our lawyers handle car accident claims across Rhode Island. Our experience in this arena of personal injury law is diverse. Our legal team uses our familiarity with a wide range of motor vehicle accident cases to benefit our clients, as we can more easily identify cause, assign liability, and ascertain the true value of a case.
Our Rhode Island auto accident lawyers can handle cases involving:
- Interstate highway accidents
- Car-truck accidents
- Car-motorcycle accidents
- Car-pedestrian accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist claims
- Alcohol-related accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on accidents
- Speeding-related crashes
- Accidents caused by defective auto parts
- Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists
Get Started on Your Case Today!
Our car accident attorneys in Rhode Island are not afraid to negotiate aggressively with defense attorneys. When negotiation fails to bring a reasonable settlement, we do not hesitate to take a case to trial. We know how important a fair settlement or award will be as you begin to put the pieces of your life back together after a serious auto accident. No effort will be spared to secure the best possible result. Don't wait to give us a call.
Contact us at (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation today.