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Car Accidents

Did You Take These 5 Steps
After Your Car Accident?

  • Get to a safe location

    #1

    After a crash, your vehicle and the other cars may be in the middle of the road and in the path of oncoming traffic. This can create a dangerous situation. In fact, many multiple-car pileups occur when other cars cannot stop quickly enough when they come upon the scene of an accident.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers
  • Call the Police and get medical help

    #2

    Once you have moved yourself out of the path of danger, the next step is to get the medical and law enforcement help you need. Call 911 as soon as possible. Law enforcement can assess the scene of the accident and write a report indicating how they believe the accident occurred.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers
  • Exchange contact information with the other driver and the witnesses

    #3

    You need to get the name and insurance information of the other driver who was involved in the crash, and you must provide the same details to him. If the other driver is not being cooperative or does not want to share information, wait until law enforcement comes.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers
  • Record information about the accident scene

    #4

    In addition to getting details from witnesses, you can also help to gather evidence for an accident claim by taking pictures immediately after the crash. You should take pictures of damage to the cars and of any debris that is lying on the road.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers
  • Gather insurance information from other driver

    #5

    You need to get the name and insurance information of the other driver who was involved in the crash, and you must provide the same details to him. If the other driver is not being cooperative or does not want to share information, wait until law enforcement comes.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers
  • Get Legal Help from a Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer Today

    Being involved in a car accident is scary. The legal aftermath can be almost as frightening as you try to navigate the process of filing insurance claims and protecting your legal rights. An experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyer can play a crucial role in making sure you get the compensation you deserve and can take stress out of the process.

    5 Steps to Take - Car Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, you know that the money spent on medical bills is just the tip of the iceberg. Losing the ability to work or the income from family members killed in a crash can leave you coping with serious financial stress in addition to your physical and emotional injuries.

At Gemma Law Associates, Inc., we know that nothing can make up for the harm caused by a preventable car accident. However, Rhode Island law gives you the right to be compensated for your economic and non-economic losses. An experienced lawyer from our firm can help you to protect this right by taking steps that include:

  • Investigating your claim and helping you to prove your case
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Taking action against insurers who act in bad faith
  • Representing you in court.

To learn more, call Gemma Law Associates, Inc., today at our toll-free number or contact us online to learn how we can help you. Our initial consultations are always free.

Types of Compensation Available after a Rhode Island Car Accident

When you meet with a Gemma Law attorney to review your case, we will explain to you the different types of compensation that are available to Rhode Island car accident victims. In your case, you may be able to recover money for:

  • Medical costs
    This includes payment of past and future medical bills and payment for things like transportation costs to go to your doctor’s office.
  • Lost income
    Whether you take sick time, miss work for a few months or cannot work again for the rest of your life, you may be compensated for any wages that the accident prevents you from earning. If your loved one is killed, you could be compensated for income that person would have earned and provided for your family over the course of his or her life.
  • Pain and suffering
    It is hard to put a price on what your pain is worth, but the law says that the person or entity who causes a car accident must compensate you for the pain you endure.
  • Emotional distress
    Like pain and suffering, nothing can take away the emotional anguish you feel due to the accident or injuries. Still, you deserve to be “made whole” from the crash, and that includes receiving payment for any emotional suffering you experience.
  • Wrongful death damages
    These damages are paid to surviving family members such as spouses, parents of minor children and kids whose parents die in crashes.

The compensation you may receive after an accident will depend on many factors, including the severity of your accident and the injuries. Unfortunately, the insurance companies won’t simply write you a check to try to make up for what has happened.

Your Legal Options after a Car Crash

If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a car accident through no fault of your own, you have to take legal action and make sure you protect your right to get compensation you deserve. You can do this in many ways, including:

  • Making a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
    The driver responsible for causing your accident should pay for your bodily injuries and vehicle damage. The driver should have liability insurance coverage. In Rhode Island, by law, the minimum coverage limits currently are “25/50/25.” The first two numbers mean that the at-fault driver would pay up to $25,000 per person injured in your accident, or up to $50,000 if two or more persons are injured. The last number means that the driver would pay up to $25,000 for property damage that the driver caused. A Gemma Law attorney can negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the driver’s insurance company to get compensation for your injuries in exchange for giving up the right to sue.
  • Making a claim with your own insurance company
    If the driver who caused your crash had no insurance or didn’t have enough insurance to cover your losses, you may need to turn to your own insurance company and make an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim (UM/UIM). At Gemma Law, we can review your insurance policy to determine your UM/UIM coverage and deal with your insurance company in making a claim through this policy.
  • Taking your case to court
    If the insurance companies refuse to agree to a full and fair settlement, you can file a lawsuit against the driver who was responsible for your accident. You will need to prove that the driver was unreasonably careless or broke safety rules, and you will need to show that you were damaged or harmed as a result. The judge or jury will decide if the other driver was to blame and how much money you should be awarded. Gemma Law has a long history of successfully taking these cases to trial.

If we take on your case, Gemma Law will work closely with you to pursue the options that are right for you and your family, and we will keep you fully updated and informed through every stage of your case.

How a Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Pursuing a car accident claim can be complicated. There are strict timelines (called statutes of limitations) and specific procedural rules that you need to follow. Also, when you are dealing with insurance companies, you are dealing with a team of experts who want to protect their profits and pay you as little as possible or nothing at all.

An experienced lawyer at Gemma Law can help you. We will:

  • Investigate your claim and help you to prove your case
    From interviewing witnesses to collecting records to finding an accident reconstruction expert, we will help you build a strong claim in an our effort to get the insurance company or a jury to understand why you deserve full compensation.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
    Generally speaking, insurance companies do not want to pay what they owe, whether you are dealing with your own insurer or the other driver’s insurer. Insurance companies may use all sorts of tactics and delays to try to get you to settle for less. You need a negotiator with a detailed understanding of car accident cases to make the insurer play fair and pay you what you deserve. At Gemma Law, insurance companies know we are aggressive, tough negotiators who will stand up for our clients.
  • Take action against bad-faith insurers
    If your insurance company doesn’t pay out a claim when your policy covers it, they can be taken to court for bad faith. In many cases, you can recover compensation in excess of your policy limits when an insurer is unreasonable.
  • Represent you in court
    If your claim goes in front of a judge or jury, we know how to present evidence in a compelling way that will convince the court to award you the maximum in damages.

When you are represented by Gemma Law Associates, Inc., you have a caring, dedicated and experienced lawyer with knowledge of Rhode Island car accident laws on your side.

With more than 40 years of experience representing accident victims, we know how important it is to you to be awarded fair compensation after your car accident so that you will have money to meet your needs. We take our responsibility to our clients seriously. We will treat your case with the importance that it deserves.

We never charge legal fees unless we win compensation for you. This means you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by having our firm on your case.

Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation so you can learn more about how we can help with your claim.

Resources:

Motor Vehicle Accident Report Update, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles

Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles