There are dozens of different types of automobile accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (Mass.) ranging from a standard rear end car crash causing a whiplash injury or a fractured bone to a single vehicle fatal rollover accident. If you were injured in a RI car accident, it is crucial that you immediately retain a Rhode Island Personal injury Attorney.
East Providence Car Accident Lawyer, David Slepkow, 401-437-1100 can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. David is a partner at Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc. which was established in 1932.
A good Providence Personal Injury lawyer will investigate the crash, explain your legal rights and seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering. A motorist injured in a RI Car accident may be entitled to various types of compensation including:
-Medical bill reimbursement, hospital bill reimbursement, prescription expenses etc.
-Pain and suffering damages.
-Loss of consortium by spouse.
-Lost wages, lost financial opportunities
-Permanent and partial disability payments
-Scarring, disfigurement etc.
Rear end motor vehicle collisions –
A rear end accident is the most common type of vehicular collision in Rhode Island Massachusetts (MA). In a rear end motor vehicle crash in Rhode Island, liability for the mishap is usually not in dispute. Even if the accident was a rear end crash, you will still need a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney to help you get top dollar compensation for your injuries.
Some rear end bus, van or semi-truck accidents are multi vehicle crashes in which one at fault motorist tortfeasor motor vehicle slams into an auto and then another automobile rams the back of the offending motor vehicle. These multi-vehicular wrecks tend to occur in the winter during snowstorms or sleet when the road , street or highway is slippery, icy or wet.
According to Wikipedia “A rear-end collision (often called simply rear-end or in the UK a shunt) is a traffic accident wherein a vehicle (usually an automobile or a truck) crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Common factors that contribute to rear-end collisions include by driver inattention or distraction, tailgating, panic stops, and reduced traction due to weather or worn pavement.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rear-end_collision
Many rear end accidents are caused by distracted driving such as texting while driving, cell phone / mobile phone or GPS usage, eating and driving and web surfing and driving. Other rear end tractor trailer or car crashes result from a combination of icy, slick or wet road and drivers not operating their motor vehicles properly considering the weather conditions.
Other rear end collisions in Cranston, Warwick, Woonsocket or Pawtucket RI are caused by drivers speeding, texting while driving, sending or reading a text message, reckless driving, drunk driving, stoned or impaired operation of an automobile or even drowsy, sleepy (tired) operation of a motor vehicle or motorcycle.
Near Automatic Liability for Rear end mishaps in Rhode Island
“Under Rhode Island law, “[w]hen a case includes a claim or defense resulting from a rear-end collision between vehicles, a prima facie case of negligence against the driver of the car in the rear is established * * *.” Maglioli v. J.P. Noonan Transportation, Inc., 869 A.2d 71, 75 (R.I. 2005). http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/car-accident-injury-law-1/
Sadly, if an automobile hits a bicycle, bike or motorcycle from behind, the wreck could be fatal necessitating a RI wrongful death cause of action filed by a Rhode Island wrongful death lawyer. These deadly car, truck, bike or motorcycle accident claims need to be filed by the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate using a RI wrongful death lawyer seeking compensation for the statutory beneficiaries.
T-Bone accidents in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
“Broadside collisions, known as right-angle collisions or T-bone collisions in the United States and Canada, are where the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, forming the “T”. Vehicle damage and occupant injury are more likely to be severe, but severity varies based on the part of the vehicle that is struck, safety features present, the speeds of both vehicles, and vehicle weight and construction.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_collision
According to medicinet, Whiplash “Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents.” http://www.medicinenet.com/whiplash/article.htm
Fractured or broken bone
According to Farber Law Group, “People who suffer fractures in car accidents often require surgery and when there are multiple fractures, which is often the case; the victim may require reconstructive surgery involving hardware to secure the bones.” http://www.hgfarber.com/lawyer-attorney-1883718.html
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
“Closed head injuries result from a blow to the head as occurs, for example in a car accident when the head strikes the windshield or dashboard. These injuries cause two types of brain damage:”
“Primary brain damage, which is damage that is complete at the time of impact, may include:
• skull fracture: breaking of the bony skull
• contusions/bruises: often occur right under the location of impact or at points where the force of the blow has driven the brain against the bony ridges inside the skull
• hematomas/blood clots: occur between the skull and the brain or inside the brain itself
• lacerations: tearing of the frontal (front) and temporal (on the side) lobes or blood vessels of the brain (the force of the blow causes the brain to rotate across the hard ridges of the skull, causing the tears)
• nerve damage (diffuse axonal injury): arises from a cutting, or shearing, force from the blow that damages nerve cells in the brain’s connecting nerve fibers’”
– See more at: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/tbi/#sthash.GAhqL9bj.dpuf” http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/tbi/
“Under the laws in the Ocean State, a person could be speeding even if they are driving speeds under the designated speed limits. A motorist must take into account icy highways, slick roads, black ice, police officers exposed on the side of the road pulling over a motorist as well as rain and make sure that their speed is reasonable under the circumstances. (§ 31-14-1 Reasonable and prudent speeds.)’ http://ricaraccidentlawyers.com/car-accident/
According to the State of Rhode Island’s website, “Attorney General Kilmartin who sponsored the state’s landmark legislation in 2009 banning texting while driving in Rhode Island reminds us that by “sharing the sobering consequences of texting while driving to young drivers, we hope to change young drivers’ attitudes about the subject and encourage the public to put away cell phones while behind the wheel.”” http://www.riag.ri.gov/texting/itcanwait.php/
According to the National Highway Safety Board, “Due to these efforts, the number of lives lost annually in alcohol-impaired-driver-related crashes declined 53 percent, from 21,113 in 1982 to 9,878 in 2011; and the percentage of highway fatalities resulting from alcohol-involved crashes is down from 48 percent in 1982 to about 31 percent today.” http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2013/SR1301.pdf
The Providence Journal reported, “PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that cleared a Tiverton man of a drunken-driving charge in neighboring Little Compton.” http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140325-r.i.-supreme-court-reverses-ruling-in-little-compton-dui-case.ece
Some motor vehicle, truck and motorcycle accidents are caused by mechanical failure such as: worn down tires, inoperable lights, improper tire inflation or defective brakes.
• According to Chicago Persona injury Lawyer Dave Abels, “Brake Failure – Brakes are one of the most important safety features of a car and require more maintenance than many other parts yet too often get ignored by the owner of the vehicle. Brakes should be in working order on a new car yet as miles accumulate and as wearing occurs, brakes, brake pads, and brake shoes may need to be replaced. Failing to properly replace these parts or installing brakes that do not properly function can lead to a braking failure which in turn can cause a serious collision.“ http://phoenixinjury.daveabels.com/mechanical-failures.html
“Mechanical failures are a factor in 12% to 13% of all auto accidents, according to all of the statistics I could find on the subject. In most cases, the mechanical failures can be attributed to normal wear or a lack of proper vehicle maintenance, not poor design or manufacturing defects (though there have been plenty of examples of the latter over the years).” http://www.aa1car.com/library/auto_accident.htm
Drowsy or Sleepy Driving:
“Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper, who pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges Wednesday, lived in Georgia, but his job was based in Delaware, NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. A criminal complaint alleges that the 35-year-old Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan’s limo.” http://www.newser.com/article/e9974c6b015349acb5e1be3d715e0b94/ntsb-looking-at-role-drivers-work-commute-played-in-fatal-accident-that-injured-tracy-morgan.html
The Providence and Pawtucket police department had a very chaotic night on March 2nd, 2014. There were numerous incidents which occurred in the morning which prompted the Providence Journal to state “Mayhem at 3 a.m.” These incidents involved drunk driving, stabbings, automobile accidents, assaults and other incidents. ““http://ricaraccidentlawyers.com/reckless-driving-drunk/
If you were injured in A RI Car Accident, Please contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney or a RI Car Accident Lawyer.
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