• 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 Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Seeking Maximum Compensation for DUI Crash Victims

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three traffic fatalities are caused by drunk driving, and more than 1 million drivers were arrested for DUI or DWI in 2016 alone. In Rhode Island specifically, 2.4% of people reported that they had driven after drinking too much, compared to 1.9% of people nationwide.

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of a drunk driver in Rhode Island, you’re not alone in this fight. At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., we are committed to helping you pursue fair and full compensation after suffering catastrophic injuries in a DUI-related crash. After serving Rhode Island for over 40 years and securing some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in the state, you can trust that we will provide the seasoned counsel you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with our Rhode Island drunk driving accident lawyers, call (401) 200-4059 today.

When Should I Involve an Attorney?

If you or your loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a drunk driving accident, your best option is to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Insurers are often reluctant to pay out full compensation for damages, even when your claim involves a drunk driver because they know that drunk driving accidents tend to earn higher settlements for injured drivers, because drunk driving is illegal.

If you are unable to secure a fair settlement from the insurance company, it’s often a good idea to file a personal injury lawsuit instead.

While you should always consult with an experienced attorney first, here are a few signs that you may have grounds for a lawsuit:

  • The other driver was proven to be driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08%.
  • You sustained life-altering, catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury.
  • The other driver is facing criminal charges for their actions.
  • You lost a loved one in the crash.
  • There were multiple people harmed in the crash.

In a personal injury lawsuit, you may also have the option of seeking additional “punitive damages” against a grossly negligent driver. Although it’s extremely rare to win punitive damages in any injury claim, drunk driving is often considered to be gross negligence because it is well-known to be dangerous.

Server Responsibility & Establishment Liability

When a drunk driver causes an accident, they may not be the only one to blame. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve alcohol have a legal and civic duty to withhold alcohol from minors and visibly intoxicated patrons.

A server's actions may be considered "negligent" if they failed to notice obvious signs of intoxication, or "reckless" if they intentionally served a customer that was drunk. If server liability can be proven, you may be able to pursue further compensation from the establishment.

A Record of Success in Accident Lawsuits

Whether you need help negotiating with an insurance company or filing a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver responsible for your crash, you are entitled to hire skilled legal representation for your case. The Rhode Island drunk driving accident lawyers at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of injury victims throughout the state and can serve as your committed advocates in a DUI or DWI accident cases.

To explore your legal options today, contact us at (401) 200-4059.