Providence Car Accident Lawyers – Marasco & Nesselbush
If you were recently involved in a car crash in the State of Rhode Island due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another driver, you need an experienced car accident attorney to help you navigate the legal process. A serious car crash can wreak havoc on the life of an innocent victim and his or her family. Even what appears to be a small collision may have a substantial impact on a person’s life, health, and finances. The information you’ll find on this page will help you to act decisively and reasonably if you’ve been involved in a crash.
How You Act After the Accident Counts!
A car crash is an emotionally charged, high-stakes situation. It is easy to let feelings cloud your judgment. You need to remember, however, that your actions shortly after the accident are essential to help you in your future legal battle for fair compensation.
Don’t leave the scene of the crash
The first thing you need to remember if you were involved in a car crash in Rhode Island is that according to the state law, it is illegal to leave the scene of the accident until authorities have been contacted and have arrived. Failure to obey this law may result in having your driving privileges revoked, or your license suspended. Before you do anything else, check if any of the parties involved in the crash need help or immediate medical attention, and call emergency services, if necessary. You should also move your vehicle, if possible, so it does not present a danger to other drivers and call the police.
Start working toward your claim
Right at the scene of the accident, you can start gathering information that will help your future legal claim for compensation. Talk with independent witnesses and write down their contact details. Use your mobile phone to photograph the damage to your car, as well as any bodily damage you sustained. If you are able, take pictures or a video of the scene before anything has been moved. Obtain a copy of the police report, as it likely contains analyses of the causes of the accident and may even mention at-fault parties. Even if you feel fine, after you leave the scene of the accident, you should see a doctor who will assess your injuries, suggest and administer treatment, and start you on your path to physical recovery.
Remember the statutes of limitations
A statute of limitation is a law that sets forth the time limit an injured party has to pursue a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit. In the State of Rhode Island, a person who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident must file their case with the court within three years.
Causes of Car Accidents – And How to Proceed If Involved in One
Even if the crash you were involved in happened through no fault of your own, this does not mean that you are automatically entitled to compensation. One of the most important steps towards obtaining damages is proving the fault of the other driver. To do so, understanding the cause of the accident and the laws pertaining to your specific situation is essential. Working closely with an attorney throughout this process will help you to build a strong claim with a good chance of success.
The following scenarios present some of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Providence and show how a Providence attorney may help you in each of these situations:
Driving under the influence
While the rate of deaths (per 100,000) in Rhode Island is lower than the national average (2.3 vs 3.3), the percentage of adults who report driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days is actually higher in our state than in the country as a whole (2.4% vs 1.9%). This means that Rhode Island’s motorists are at higher-than-average risk of being involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Proving fault and obtaining compensation from a driver who caused an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may seem like a straightforward matter. However, even in this situation, you may face challenges. The at-fault driver may deny the accusation or even challenge the results of tests carried out by the police. A car accident attorney is prepared for these scenarios and will guide you on how to proceed if you encounter these challenges. He or she will also vigorously defend your claim so that justice is served.
Speeding is often the cause of the most dangerous car accidents, ones that result in serious injuries and property damage. In Rhode Island, after years of steady decline, fatal car accidents where speeding was one of the dominant factors started rising again in 2015 and throughout 2016. Over the most recent 5-year period for which data is available (2011-2015), speeding was a likely factor in 35% of all traffic fatalities in our State. In the same period, the City of Providence had the highest number of speeding crashes in the whole state.
When it comes to accidents caused by speeding, special expertise is needed to assess how and to what extent speeding contributed to your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. Your attorney can help you gather evidence showing that speeding was one of the primary causes of the accident.
More and more accidents are caused by drivers distracted by their cellphones and other mobile devices. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), in 2015 391,000 people were injured and 3,477 died in crashes caused by distracted drivers. Still, proving that the driver who caused the crash was using his or her mobile device at the time the accident occurred can be challenging. Even if you witnessed the other driver using a phone in the seconds before the crash, more evidence will be needed. A skilled attorney will know what can be done to obtain such evidence to prove that distraction was one of the causes of the accident.
What Kind of Compensation Will I Be Able to Obtain?
A car crash involves more than just property damage. It often leads to other financial losses, such as bills for medical treatment or lost wages due to inability to work. You may also be suffering from other types of damages that are difficult to put a value on. For example, after the initial stress of the accident, you may still feel emotional distress months later. Marasco & Nesselbush car accident lawyers will help you to obtain fair and just compensation that covers all of these losses and damages. Your claim may include compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses – his includes the cost of your initial treatment, medication, and rehabilitation, as well as the expense of medical attention that you may need in the future
- Lost wages – the damages may compensate for income that you have already lost, as well as for future wages that you will not be able to earn
- Pain and suffering – you may be awarded damages for physical and emotional suffering that you have experienced, or continue to experience, as a result of the crash
- Property damage – the damages should compensate for the costs of repairs to your car; if it was totaled, you may be able to recover the fair market value of your vehicle. Damage to other property you had with you at the time of the crash can be compensated for, as well.
Marasco & Nesselbush – Providence Car Accident Lawyers You Can Afford
Personal injury law may seem complicated, especially while dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of a car crash. You may feel overwhelmed by the challenge of navigating laws and regulations, documents and applications, and insurance companies trying to work against your claim. These are not things that most people are familiar with, and your legal rights may be in jeopardy if you attempt to navigate your way without the help of a skilled, level-headed car accident lawyer. Marasco & Nesselbush car accident attorneys have helped countless motor vehicle accident victims, both in Providence and Rhode Island at large. Now, we offer our services to you.
When weighing the decision whether to hire a lawyer, don’t let money be a factor. With Marasco & Nesselbush, our attorneys work on a contingent fee basis, which means that we will only collect payment if we secure financial compensation for your losses – either through settlement or a jury verdict. Our fees will then constitute a percentage of money awarded to you in damages.
In addition, the initial consultation is always free – all the more reason why you should contact one of our car accident attorneys in Providence.
Car Accidents in Rhode Island
In comparison to the U.S. as a whole, Rhode Island’s roads are among the safest in the country. According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, the State’s ratio of traffic deaths per 100,000 licensed drivers was 6.04. This is much less than the national average of 16.09.
Worrying upward trends
Still, the year 2015 saw a rise in motor vehicle accident fatalities across the U.S. – the first one in a couple of decades – and this worrying trend seemed to continue into 2016. That year, 53 traffic fatalities were registered in the State of Rhode Island, the equivalent of an almost 18% increase.
n addition, it is not to be overlooked that even this relatively small number of traffic accident death translates into dozens of affected families, and hundreds of personal tragedies. As Peter Alviti Junior, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), said: “One life lost is too many. One life equates to one family. One family equates to an entire community.”
What are the Most Common Traffic Safety Hazards in Rhode Island?
The reasons for this worrying trend, both in the U.S. as a whole and in the State of Rhode Island, are complex. Increased traffic due to an improving economy is surely one contributing factor. Nevertheless, what jeopardizes the safety of Rhode Island’s motorists the most is a number of bad driving behaviors. In recent years, one of the most common culprits for the increased number of traffic accidents and deaths has been distracted driving. Commenting on this problem, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, said: “Distracted drivers are a serious problem on our roadways.”
RIDOT reports that having a conversation over a handheld mobile device while driving increases the risk of getting into a crash by 300%. Texting while driving is even more dangerous – it is said to increase the risk of a crash by 2,400%.
Sadly, impaired driving continues to be one of the major safety hazards for Rhode Island’s motorists, as well. In 2015, a third of all traffic deaths occurred in accidents where impaired drivers were involved. RIDOT cautions young adults, who are the most at risk to be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident. Of all of Rhode Island’s cities, the City of Providence has the highest number of fatal car accidents caused by an impaired driver, with 16 fatalities over the most recent five year period (2011-2015).
What are Typical Car Crash Scenarios?
While each crash is different and your attorney will take into consideration the unique circumstances of the accident you were involved in, the most common motor vehicle collisions involve the following situations:
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If you’ve been involved in any kind of vehicle accident, we are ready to help. Fill out the free case review form or call our Providence office at (401) 443-2999.