This posts by RI and MA Attorney, David Slepkow 401-437-1100, sets forth non automobile / car crash personal injury claims which most commonly occur in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Pedestrian Accidents- Pedestrian Accidents in RI and MA typically occur in large metropolitan areas such as Boston or Providence. Often, these involve a motor vehicle hitting a pedestrian crossing the street or on the sidewalk. Many of these mishaps are caused by distracted driving such as motorists texting and driving, web surfing and driving or even updating their Facebook status.
In some personal injury claims a key issue is whether the pedestrian was partially at fault for the car accident. In some instances the pedestrian is reading a magazine, playing on their smartphone, listening to music with headphones or texting and walking. Rhode Island is a pure comparative fault state in which a pedestrian can still receive damages if they are more than 50 percent at fault for the pedestrian accident. In Massachusetts, a person can not recover any damages if a jury or judge determines they are more than 50 percent at fault for the crash or mishap.
Motorcycle Accident: Bike collisions in Mass. and Rhode Island require a skilled and experienced Personal injury attorney. Sadly there are numerous fatal motorcycle accidents which often lead to wrongful death litigation.
The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration reports: “The number and rate of motorcyclist deaths on U.S. roads are rising dramatically. Motorcycle rider fatalities rose 115 percent between 1997 and 2005. During the same time, fatality numbers and rates for passenger car crashes “Motorcycle fatalities and the related fatality rate have been significantly increasing over the last 10 years. This has become a serious safety issue for NHTSA and FHWA. Between 1996 and 2005, motorcyclist fatalities increased more than 110 percent and now account for more than 10 percent of all motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities. <a dropped. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/motorcycles/
Premises liability– Premises Liability claims are all types of accidents occurring on premises as a result of the actions or inaction of an owner or operator of the property. Although Slip and fall Personal injury Causes of actions in Mass and RI make up a large percentage of all premises liability negligence cases, there are hundreds of different premises liability claims.
These Rhode Island and Massachusetts injury claims include: Trip and fall, asbestos exposure, dog bites, falls from cliffs, Inadequate security measures enabling criminal conduct, negligent security, Sidewalk or roadway defects, Poorly lit stair cases, falling debris, falling merchandise, or hanging hazards, carbon monoxide leaks, escalator accidents, elevator accidents, iced entrance ways, slippery or obstructed floors, electric shock due to exposed electric wiring etc.
Slip and fall Accidents: In Rhode island “”[A] landowner has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of persons reasonably expected to be on the premises, and that duty includes an obligation to protect against the risks of a dangerous condition existing on the premises, provided the landowner knows of, or by the exercise of reasonable care would have discovered, the dangerous condition. The burden of proving that sufficient evidence existed to show that the defendants knew or should have known of an unsafe condition on their premises is on the plaintiff.” Lieberman v. Bliss-Doris Realty Associates
A RI or MA Slip and Fall Attorney can asses the value of your slip and fall claim and the likelihood you can prevail.
Bicycle accidents “Approximately one out of six highway fatalities in the United States is a bicyclist or pedestrian each year. Estimates for 1995 indicate that 61,000 bicyclists were injured and 830 were killed in traffic crashes. These crashes can be classified or “typed” by their precipitating actions, predisposing factors, and characteristic populations and/or location that can be targeted for intervention.” https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/pedbike/96104/
Boating Accidents– Boating related accidents could occur on land or out on the river, ocean or lake. Typically the normal laws of negligence apply to these boat accidents. A Boating accident is not only limited to motorboat and Sailboat crashes but includes jet ski, canoe accidents and other personal watercraft accidents.
Truck Accidents- Tractor trailer Accidents in RI and Mass can involve a big rig or semi truck colliding with an automobile, bus, van or other motor vehicle. Sadly many trucking accidents result from drowsy or sleepy driving by the 18 wheeler trucker who is under pressure to get his or her load to its intended destination on time. Recently there have been an increase in distracted driving fatal truck collisions when a motor vehicle operator or trucker is texting and driving, using a cell phone or operating a GPS.
TruckAccident.org reports that “Of the 15.5 million trucks in the U.S., nearly 13 percent are semis, big rigs, 18 wheelers and tractor trailers
•About 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality
•Fatal tractor trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, $13.1 billion of which is the cost associated with loss of quality of life
•For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. road ways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs” http://www.truckaccidents.org/statistics/
If you were injured in a MA or Boston Area Accident involving injuries or death, please contact a Mass. Personal injury Attorney or a Wrongful death lawyer. If involved in a Rhode Island or Providence area accident then contact a RI Personal Injury Lawyer.
Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.