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WARWICK CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

The historical city of Warwick offers many activities for tourists and locals. Unfortunately, drivers in the city by the bay experienced 3,497 car accidents in 2019 alone, with 926 resulting in injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, Marasco & Nesselbush LLP can help you receive just compensation.

$6,200,000

Awarded to a client who sustained serious injuries in a rollover crash caused by a distracted driver.

$5,100,000

Recovered for the estate of a woman who passed as a result of surgical negligence.

$4,500,000

Recovered for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash.

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STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

The following steps will protect your safety and support your case:

Call 911. Even if you do not feel injured, try not to move until help arrives. Adrenaline may prevent you from feeling your injuries, and excess movement could worsen them.

Clear the roadway. If your vehicle is creating a hazard, move it if possible.

Take photos of the scene. If safe, take photos before moving your vehicle. You will need detailed photos of both vehicles, the damage, and the scene as a whole.

Exchange information with the other driver. Obtain the name, insurance information, and contact information. Do not discuss the accident or admit fault.

Gather information from witnesses. Obtain names and contact information.

Make a police report. In the absence of an emergency, contact the Warwick Police Department at (401) 468-4200.

Send a written report to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles within 21 days. This is required by law if the accident involves injury, death, or damage of $1,000 or more.

Obtain photos of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident.

Get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Kent Hospital, located at 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886, has the second-largest emergency department in Rhode Island and is equipped to treat injuries you may have sustained in a car crash.

WHAT IS MY CASE WORTH AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A SETTLEMENT FROM A CAR ACCIDENT

This is impossible to estimate because every accident is unique. The factors listed below play a role in determining how much compensation you can receive.

DAMAGES

Damages are losses that are consequential to the accident. Generally, the more serious your injuries, the more compensation you can recover. Damages are classified as economic, non-economic, and punitive.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are verifiable monetary losses. They include property damage, present and future medical expenses, and loss of income.

Non-Economic Damages

These are damages that cannot be measured. They include pain and suffering, loss of society, mental anguish, and similar losses. Rhode Island does not limit non-economic damages.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant whose willful behavior or blatant disregard for safety caused the accident, such as in the case of drunk driving.

FAULT

Rhode Island is a comparative negligence state. This means you can receive compensation even if you were at fault in the accident. The amount you receive will be diminished by your proportion of fault.

INSURANCE COVERAGE

The opposing driver’s insurance coverage limits can impact your compensation. In this case, you can collect the remaining compensation from the defendant’s assets.

WHAT IF MY LOVED ONE WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

While monetary compensation cannot replace your loved one, it can reduce the resulting financial stress.

If your family member has passed away in a car accident, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit and obtain damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Funeral costs
  • Grief
  • Pecuniary losses (including the gross amount of the decedent’s lifetime expected income, with loss of homemaker services also considered)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life caused by the death
  • Loss of society
  • Damages on behalf of the deceased (damages that would have been recoverable by the deceased had they survived, such as pain and suffering)

A wrongful death action can be filed by the surviving spouse, parent, child, or executor of the estate. Compensation is distributed to the spouse and children or next of kin.

DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS AND ROADWAYS IN WARWICK

One study found that 13 of the most dangerous intersections and roadways in Rhode Island run through Warwick. These are high-traffic areas with a history of accidents.

  • Route 37 East/Post Road (Route 1)
  • West Shore Road/Warwick Avenue (Route 117/Hoxsie Four Corners)
  • Warwick Avenue (Route 117A)/Church Avenue
  • Ginsu Way/Quaker Lane (Route 2)
  • East Avenue (Route 113)/Bald Hill Road (Route 2)
  • Bald Hill Road (Route 2)/Toll Gate Road (Route 115)
  • Interstate 95 South/Centerville Road (Route 117)
  • Long Street/West Shore Road (Route 117)
  • Elmwood Avenue/Post Road (Route 1)
  • Quaker Lane (Route 2)/Division Street (Route 401, East Greenwich town line)
  • Main Avenue (Route 113)/Post Road (Route 1)
  • Interstate 95 North/Route 37
  • Post Road (Route 1)/Airport Road

THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS IN WARWICK

Car accidents can almost always be attributed to carelessness. The most common causes of accidents in Warwick include the following:

Speeding

Speeding is a factor in up to 45% of crashes in Rhode Island.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018, with texting being the most serious distraction.

Weather-related road conditions

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 418,005 people were injured in weather-related crashes between 2007 and 2016, and 5,376 were killed. Dangerous road conditions included wet pavement, rain, snow, and fog.

Drowsy driving

Driving while drowsy is similar to driving drunk.

Impaired driving

Over 40% of Rhode Island car accident fatalities in 2017 were caused by alcohol-impaired drivers.

Other road conditions

Conditions such as potholes, missing guardrails or signs, and faint pavement markings can cause drivers to lose control or become confused.

SAFETY TIPS FOR WARWICK DRIVERS

While you cannot control other drivers, preventive measures decrease your chance of experiencing a car accident.

Follow Rhode Island’s hands-free law. If you must place a phone call or look at a text, pull over first.

Don’t drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxi service, or RIPTA bus lines. You can obtain RIPTA’s schedule by calling (401) 781-9400. Below are three Warwick taxi services:

  • Apponaug Cab
  • Bay & Apponaug Taxi
  • Best Taxi

Obey posted speed limits. Plan ahead and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

Avoid driving drowsy. Get plenty of rest, and if you must go somewhere tired, find another way to get there. Take frequent breaks during long trips.

Focus only on driving. Even seemingly harmless activities like adjusting your radio or eating can take your eyes off the road.

CONTACT OUR PROVIDENCE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS TODAY

I’ve you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait. Marasco & Nesselbush injury attorneys take pride in navigating the entire legal process with you. While you may be focused on physical injuries and regaining your health, we will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Kimberly M.
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