After a serious car accident, many victims are left reeling from the physical, emotional and financial trauma, leaving them little time and energy to worry about resolving legal issues.
Most car accident victims are also left with lots of questions about what to do next. We have provided answers to some of the most common questions involving car accidents so that you can better understand your legal situation.
The experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, are ready to review your accident and individually answer your specific questions in a free consultation. Our goal is to get you just compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. We obtain extraordinary results for our auto accident clients by putting their best interests first and holding negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable.
Contact us now to discuss your car accident case with an experienced Providence car accident attorney for free.
What compensation can you recover after a car accident in Rhode Island?
The types of compensation you may be eligible to recover depends on the damages and injuries you suffered as a result of the accident. Some of the main factors that affect the amount of compensation include the severity of your injuries, how your ability to work was affected, how your future ability to work was affected, how your quality of life has been diminished, the amount of your medical bills, whether the accident has left you severely impaired or disfigured and how your personal relationships – such as those with your spouse – have been negatively impacted by your accident.
Some examples of types of compensation available to victims of Rhode Island car accidents include:
Medical expenses – These include bills for hospital stays, emergency room visits, ambulance fees and other medical costs related to the injuries suffered in the accident.
Future medical expenses – If the injuries suffered in the crash will require ongoing treatment, the estimated cost should be included in a settlement or court award.
Lost wages – If you are not able to work due to your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages. Compensation may be recovered even if you were able to take sick leave or other paid absences.
Lost earning capacity – lf disabilities related to your injuries in the accident make you unable to perform the work you did before the accident, you may be entitled to compensation if you are required to take a lower-paying job or are unable to work at all.
Additional types of compensation may include hiring individuals to help with housework, loss of consortium, loss of society and companionship, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other types of damages.
What parties could be held liable for injuries in a Rhode Island car accident?
In Rhode Island, the party or parties who were at fault for the accident are required to compensate accident victims for their losses. Many car accident cases involve one or more drivers who were at fault. The negligence of non-drivers may have also played a role. For example, the manufacturer of a defective automotive part or the government agency that failed to repair a dangerous road condition may also be liable. Companies that employ negligent drivers – trucking companies, for example – may also be held responsible for accidents their employees cause.
In many cases, it is critical to conduct an independent investigation into the accident to determine its true cause and which parties may be held responsible. The attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush frequently work with investigators, accident reconstructionists and other experts to uncover what really happened in a crash and who should be held responsible for it.
How long do I have to file a claim for my car accident injuries in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island law limits how long you have to file a lawsuit after an accident. This is known as a “statute of limitations.” The amount of time you have to file suit depends on the type of case you are involved in. For a car accident that causes personal injury, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit under most circumstances. For fatal car accidents, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of death under most circumstances.
Although three years may seem like a long time, it is important to get started on an accident claim as soon as possible. Important evidence and witnesses may become unavailable as time passes. Your attorneys need time to develop a strong legal claim for your right to recover compensation. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better.
However, even if a significant amount of time has passed, you should not be deterred from discussing your case with a lawyer. In some situations the statute of limitations may be extended, particularly in cases involving minors and disabled adults.
The driver who hit me was texting while driving. What should I do?
Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers in Rhode Island. If the driver who hit you broke this law by texting behind the wheel, leading to the crash, that driver may be held responsible for your accident.
Even if the driver was not charged with violating the texting ban – or was charged but the charges were dismissed – you may still be able to hold him or her liable for your injuries. Civil liability for an accident is a separate matter from traffic violations.
It may be possible to obtain cell phone records that indicate the other driver was sending or receiving a text message at the time of your crash. Witness statements may also support that the other driver was texting. It is critical to work with an experienced attorney who can gather these and other types of evidence to build your claim for full and fair compensation.
Can I still recover compensation if I was partly at fault in the car accident?
In Rhode Island, you do not lose your eligibility for compensation even if you are partly at fault for the accident. Rhode Island follows what is called the “pure comparative fault rule.” This means that you may be able to recover compensation from another driver or other negligent party, so long as their negligence contributed to the accident – even if you were also negligent. However, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, assume you are found to be 25 percent responsible for the crash, and the other driver was 75 percent at fault. If you suffered $10,000 in damages, your award would be reduced by 25 percent, or $2,500, meaning you could recover $7,500 in this example.
It is important to discuss your case with an experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, even if you think you may be partly to blame for the crash. All of the facts related to the cause of a crash are usually not apparent in the immediate chaos that follows. A full investigation may show that you were not actually to blame. Even if you had some degree of responsibility for the accident, you may still be entitled to recover compensation from the other at-fault parties.
How can I afford an attorney to represent me in my car accident case?
You can afford to work with an experienced attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush. That’s because we charge nothing for initial consultations and claim reviews, and we handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we agree to take on your case, we charge no upfront fees. Our attorneys get paid only if we recover compensation for you on your claim. An agreed-upon percentage would be deducted from your final settlement or court award. If no compensation is recovered, you owe us nothing for our legal services.
What should you do if your loved one was killed in a car accident in Rhode Island?
You may be entitled to recover compensation for your loss through a wrongful death claim. Rhode Island law allows certain family members to recover damages when they lose a relative in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, such as that of a drunk driver.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult, particularly when the death was caused by someone else’s recklessness. Getting help from a qualified Rhode Island wrongful death attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush can allow you to focus on putting your life back together while we deal with the legal issues related to securing the compensation you deserve for your tragic loss.
How Do our Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyers Obtain Results?
Our personal injury lawyers put their negotiation, arbitration, mediation and litigation skills to work on your behalf. We use these tactics to obtain full and fair settlements, verdicts and awards every day.
Do Personal Injury Lawyers Deal with Insurance Companies?
Insurance companies understand that unless they offer our clients a fair settlement, our Rhode Island-based personal injury lawyers will sue them and obtain justice in court. Because of our sterling reputation as personal injury lawyers who are willing to fight for justice, we are generally successful in obtaining excellent settlements for clients without using the Rhode Island court system.
What Do We Do When We Take Your Case?
Whether your auto accident occurred in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, call our car accident lawyers as soon as possible. After we meet with you (either in our Rhode Island offices or at a location convenient for you) and agree to take your case, our personal injury lawyers will work hard to establish fault to ensure prompt and full compensation.
Marasco & Nesselbush’s professional, experienced team of personal injury lawyers maintain continuous communication with insurance companies and adjusters to stay on top of your case.
Is there a time limit on filing a personal injury lawsuit?
Yes, Rhode Island and others states allow certain amounts of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This window of time is referred to as the statute of limitations. The amount of time you have to file a personal injury case depends on the type of injury, the age of the victim and the state where the incident occurred. For example, for personal injuries caused by a car accident in Rhode Island, you have three years to file a lawsuit. There are some exceptions allowing a longer period of time if the injury was not known at the time of the accident and was discovered later. It’s important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Investigations take time, and the quicker you talk to an attorney, the better.
How much money will an initial consultation with an attorney cost?
There is no charge for the initial review of your accident and injury. We will review the specifics of your accident and tell you whether or not we will be able to assist you. We are selective about the cases we work because we do not get paid an attorney’s fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for the client. It’s our way of showing our commitment to our clients’ cases. It allows clients to have experienced personal injury lawyers working for them that they might not be able to afford otherwise.
What will I get if I win a car accident lawsuit?
You may receive compensation either through an agreed upon settlement from an insurance company or a monetary award made by a court after a trial. The amount of compensation depends on several factors including the severity of your injuries and the negligence of the at-fault parties.
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Jane R. Duket is an associate attorney with Marasco & Nesselbush, specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice.
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