Providence Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can disrupt your life and strain your finances. The dedicated Providence car accident lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush work diligently to hold negligent drivers and powerful insurance companies accountable when their actions bring physical and financial harm to others.
What Types Of Car Accident Cases Do Our Providence Attorneys Handle?
The highly skilled car accident lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush are qualified to represent clients in a multitude of car accident cases and against a variety of at-fault actors, including drivers, car owners, car manufacturers, commercial businesses, and government agencies.
Let us fight for you in any of the following types of accidents:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Road rage accidents
- Accidents with uninsured motorists
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Accidents involving commercial vehicles
Furthermore, because Rhode Island is a pure comparative negligence state, we can build a case for you even if you were partly to blame for the accident. Our personal injury attorneys have a deep knowledge of the legal system in Providence and will never leave money on the table when we fight for you.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents In Providence?
Distracted driving is any behavior that takes the driver’s attention away from driving, but texting is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a serious concern across the country. In 2018 alone, distracted drivers were responsible for the deaths of 2,845 people and the injuries of over 400,000 more.
Rhode Island has responded by passing a hands-free law, making it illegal to hold a mobile device or wear headphones or earbuds in both ears while driving. Teen drivers and bus drivers are not allowed to use mobile devices at all, even hands-free.
The Providence car accident attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush know the signs of an accident caused by distracted drivers. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and identify when distracted driving is to blame for your injuries, even if the police missed this important detail.
Speeding is a major cause of traffic accidents resulting in injury or death in Providence. In fact, Providence is one of the leading cities in Rhode Island for speed-related crashes. When drivers fail to follow the posted speed limits, they endanger themselves and all other drivers.
If you have been injured in a car accident because of speeding, that driver and the insurance company need to be held responsible, and we have the passion and experience to make sure they are.
Drinking and driving is still a large problem in Providence. In 2018 alone, drunk drivers caused 20 fatalities across the state, and officers arrest an average of 3000 impaired drivers every year.
Being hit by a drunk driver can cause serious injury and death. While the justice system works to hold drunk drivers responsible, the dedicated attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush understand this is not enough.
You need compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses, including wrongful death. We will work hard to ensure you receive every penny you are due.
Where Do Car Accidents Occur Most In Providence?
Providence is a high-traffic metropolitan area, and no matter where you are in Providence, most accidents can be prevented by following posted speed limits and other traffic laws.
Unfortunately, even with the best of care, you do not have control over road conditions and other drivers.
Some of the busiest areas are also some of the most dangerous areas to drive. In 2022, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation began renumbering exits along I-95. Here are the top three most dangerous spots in Providence and their updated exit numbers:
This exit services the downtown area and Route 6. It is dangerous due to the volume and speed of the traffic in this area in the midst of several merging lanes and crisscrossing of traffic.
This area experiences heavy traffic as well as heavy pedestrian traffic. Drivers and pedestrians sometimes fail to yield, and drivers often drive the wrong way on one-way streets in this area. Drivers and pedestrians are sometimes confused by the unconventional layout of this area.
The Providence viaduct area is the busiest stretch of I-95 in Rhode Island, carrying over 220,000 vehicles daily. Driving on I-95 requires the greatest degree of alertness and care.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident In Providence?
Immediately following a car accident in Rhode Island check everyone involved for injuries and call 911 if emergency medical care is needed.
Collect as much information and evidence from the scene as possible, including the police report. Contact your car accident attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush prior to speaking with the insurance company, and follow the advice of your legal team to ensure that you have everything you need to file your car accident claim.
What Happens If I’m Hit By An Uninsured Driver?
Most drivers are responsible and carry at least the minimum required insurance, but Providence drivers are still at risk of being hit by an uninsured driver. As of July 2021, approximately 14% of Rhode Island drivers were uninsured, despite compulsory coverage laws and the insurance verification program.
If you are injured in an accident by an uninsured driver, you still have options to recover your losses, but you may have to work a little harder. Your options may include the following:
- A lawsuit against the driver or vehicle owner
- A lawsuit against anyone else who contributed to the accident
- Your uninsured motorist policy
- Your health insurance
Being hit by an uninsured driver in Providence is an unfortunate occurrence, but the lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush are experienced at identifying those who are liable and holding them accountable.
Insurance Requirements For Providence Drivers
All Rhode Island drivers are required to carry liability insurance. Liability insurance covers the injuries and property damage to others when you are at fault in an accident. Rhode Island requires the following minimum liability insurance coverage:
- Bodily injury: $25,000 per person / $50,000 total per accident
- Property damage: $25,000 per accident
Providence drivers must have insurance before they can register their vehicles. The state of Rhode Island uses an insurance verification program to verify that drivers have insurance.
Under the program, vehicle identification numbers (VIN) are matched to the corresponding insurance policies. If the state is unable to match these up, drivers must verify their insurance to avoid having their registrations suspended. Before negotiating or settling with your insurance company, contact a Providence car accident lawyer.
How Long Do I Have To File A Providence Car Accident Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for Providence car accident claims is three years. This means you have three years after the accident to file an action to recover damages. Investigating injuries can take a considerable amount of time, so it is important that you do not procrastinate contacting an attorney.
Our Providence Car Accident Lawyers Are Ready To Help You
Marasco & Nesselbush was established in 1999 by Joseph Marasco, Esq., and Donna Nesselbush, Esq. We grew quickly due to our dedication and success. We are proud to have added a team of twelve attorneys.
We are located at 685 Westminster Street in the heart of downtown Providence. If you have suffered from an injury or loss stemming from a car accident, you can trust the compassionate team of attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush to fight for you.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Providence, call us right away, so we can put our passion and experience to work for you.