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If a car accident in Rhode Island has left you with an injury, one of the best options for pursuing compensation from the at-fault party is through a Rhode Island personal injury claim. If you are concerned about money, you may think that you should represent yourself, rather than hiring…
Types of Car Accidents in Rhode Island
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- Most Common Types of Auto Accidents
- Size of Vehicles Affects Severity of Crash
- Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Compensation After a Car Crash
- Contact Our Rhode Island Auto Accident Lawyers Today
The trauma of a serious car crash can haunt you for the rest of your life. You will never forget the image of a car barreling toward you, a truck swerving into your lane, or an SUV running a red light and slamming into the side of your vehicle. Although these memories may stay with you, you shouldn’t be haunted by debt due to another driver’s negligent behavior.
At Gemma Law Associates, Inc., our dedicated Rhode Island personal injury lawyers have years of experience helping victims recover full and fair compensation after all types of car accidents. We know the pain and stress that crash victims face when coping with serious injuries. Medical bills, missed paychecks, and vehicle repair costs all take a toll on your financial stability, adding to the physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Most Common Types of Auto Accidents
The circumstances surrounding each car accident are unique. However, a majority of crashes fall into the following categories:
Sideswipe Crashes — A sideswipe crash can be caused by a number of factors. Typically, one driver drifts into another driver’s lane, scraping (or swiping) the side of the other vehicle.
Or a driver may not check blind spots before changing lanes, resulting in a crash. Sideswipe crashes can start a chain reaction of traffic accidents as vehicles swerve to avoid a hit or are pushed into other lanes.
No matter what type of motor vehicle accident you were injured in, you need to speak with the knowledgeable auto accident attorneys at Gemma Law Associates today about your legal options. Our attorneys will want to launch an investigation into your wreck right away so we can collect all the evidence before it is lost or destroyed. Schedule a free consultation now to learn how we can help with your car accident claim.
ize of Vehicles Affects Severity of Crash
The injuries and damage caused by an automobile accident can be compounded when the vehicles involved vary in size. For example:
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash involving a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyers can discuss your options for pursuing a car accident claim or a wrongful death lawsuit during a free consultation.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Distracted driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield right of way
- Improper turns
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Dangerous or defective auto parts (such as brakes, tires, steering systems, etc.)
- Construction zone hazards
- Wrong-way driving
- Weather-related conditions (such as rain or icy roads)
- Poorly designed or maintained roadways
In some cases, there may have been more than one contributing factor in a crash. Only a thorough investigation will reveal the cause of a crash and who should be held liable. Contact us today to discuss the circumstances of your case during a free claim evaluation.
Compensation After a Car Crash
One of the first questions clients typically ask us is: How much is my car accident claim worth? The answer will depend on several factors. As part of building a strong case for you, we will document all the ways in which your injuries have affected and will continue to affect your life. We may demand compensation for:
- Medical bills, including hospitalizations, surgeries, rehabilitative therapy, medications, and assistive mobility devices such as wheelchairs
- Future health care costs related to your injury
- Lost wages if you had to miss work or take sick pay/vacation days
- Reduced earning capacity if you are forced to take a lesser paying job or cannot return to work at all
- Damage to your vehicle
- Physical, emotional, and psychological pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, which may be awarded in cases where the at-fault party showed extreme misconduct
As we investigate your car accident claim, we may consult with medical and financial experts to ensure our team has a comprehensive view of how your life has been changed by your injuries. We will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to demand maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you have already been contacted by an insurance company about a car accident settlement, do not sign anything or accept payment until you speak with our knowledgeable attorneys. Insurance adjusters know that you may be feeling pressure from mounting medical bills and time off work, and they will try to take advantage of you by offering a quick but lowball settlement. Protect yourself and your future by scheduling a free consultation with our team today.
Contact Our Rhode Island Auto Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a family member has been injured in a wreck, do not wait to learn about your legal rights. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Gemma Law Associates have earned a reputation for fighting for the rights of crash victims throughout Rhode Island. We take an aggressive stance against insurance companies that try to deny claims or bully crash victims into accepting less than they deserve.
Our dedicated attorneys can meet with you wherever is most convenient. We frequently work with accident victims in Providence, Pawtucket, Warwick, Newport, Cranston, Woonsocket, Bristol, and throughout the rest of Rhode Island.