INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
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If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in RI, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, scarring (if applicable), lost income, pain and suffering and other losses. Our experienced RI motorcycle accident lawyers charge no fee until you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
What Do I Get in a RI Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
Assuming the other driver was at fault, you should be able to recover money from the other driver’s insurance company, in a cash settlement for:
- Medical bills
- Lost income (if any)
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to your motorcycle
- Scarring (if applicable)
- Loss of consortium (if married and it is a very serious injury)
What Does a RI Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Charge?
Like most attorneys, we charge a 1/3 of your settlement case, only if you do get a settlement. Insurance companies often offer injured motorcyclists less than a full recovery, as they will try to prove the accident was due, at least in part, to the negligence of the motorcyclist. We recommend you at least speak to an attorney before dealing with the insurance company on your own.
Why Do Insurance Companies Not Want to Pay You a FAIR Settlement?
It is important to never forget that the main goal of an insurance company is PROFIT and the less they pay you the more money the insurance company makes. The most common thing that insurance company claims adjusters try to do is to try to show that the motorcyclist was, to some degree, at fault in the accident. Often, their insured will tell them that the motorcyclist was at fault and that they did not see the motorcyclist.
Our experienced RI motorcycle accident lawyers can counteract this by immediately doing a thorough investigation of the motorcycle accident. Many things can be done such as reviewing the police report, talking to witnesses and getting them to write up statements, hiring an accident reconstruction expert to go to the scene of the accident and take photos of skid marks, etc. Often we are able to gather concrete evidence to help us prove the motorcycle accident was not your fault.
What Are the Most Common Causes of RI Motorcycle Accidents?
- Rear-end collision
- Drivers failing to use turn signals before changing lanes
- Vehicles turning in front of motorcyclists
- Drivers pushing motorcycles into guard rails
- Drivers running red lights
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
What Are Some Other Causes of RI Motorcycle Accidents?
- Unleashed pets running out into the street where motorcyclists are driving (In this case a claim could be brought against the owner of the dog possibly).
- Debris or obstructions in the roadway (In this case a claim could be brought against the person or company who dropped the debris).
- Poor visibility caused by landscaping (In this case a claim could be brought against the landscaping company).
What Are the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
- Head injuries: traumatic brain injury, concussion, brain damage, and so on
- Spinal cord injuries rendering the injured paralyzed
- Broken bones, especially to the joints (elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, wrists, pelvis, etc.)
- Road rash
- Scarring to body parts
- Internal bleeding
- Injuries requiring amputation of the affected limb
- Soft tissue injuries to the back, neck and shoulder
- Sometimes even death
What if My Motorcycle Had Defects?
Before each ride on a motorcycle, operators should perform a thorough inspection of the bike. Like any vehicle, motorcycles must be properly maintained. Owners should be careful to keep the engine in good working condition, inspect tires, lights, brakes, and other equipment on the vehicle to make sure it will perform properly and reliably on the roadways.
Even for those operators who take care and precautions to ride safely, motorcycle manufacturer defects are not unheard of. Riders are wise to keep their eyes and ears out for recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Some examples of motorcycle defects or motorcycle part defects may include:
- Handlebar defects
- Tire defects
- Fuel line defects
- Wiring defects
- Brake defects
- Headlight, taillight, or turning signal defects
- Among others…
In these instances, injured riders should speak to an experienced RI motorcycle accident attorney about whether the manufacturer of the bike, the manufacturer of a defective part, or even the garage where the vehicle most recently received service or maintenance, can be held responsible for your injuries.
What should I Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident?
Though the moments after a motorcycle accident can be very traumatic, keep in mind that your actions immediately following the accident have a direct bearing on how much compensation you will recover:
- Never flee the scene. Wait until you exchange information with all of the individuals involved and assess the damages prior to leaving the scene of the accident.
- Get to safety. Nothing is more important – if any parties have sustained injury, seek appropriate medical attention.
- Do not apologize or discuss fault. Any apologetic or accusatory statements may be used against you when you seek compensation later on.
- Call 911 to report the accident. You may be in shock and not realize that you and anyone else involved may need immediate medical attention. Calling 911 will ensure that medical help is on the way. Phoning 911 will also ensure police protection. When officers arrive, everything will be documented. The officers will document the crash scene and take witness statements. This is MUCH stronger evidence than the typical “he-said, she-said” evidence that results from a lack of independent observation.
- Call for legal help. Contact a qualified Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident attorney at 1-800-992-6878. As soon as you call our office, we will send a professional motorcycle wreck investigator to the scene. This means that you immediately have someone on your side, looking out for your best interests. Feel free to call at any time of day or night, even holidays. Our investigators gather and preserve the evidence that you need to prove your case and our lawyers will fight to get the financial compensation you need and deserve.
- Obtain personal contact information from any witnesses. If there were any bystanders who witnessed the accident, obtain their personal contact information, as they could be useful witnesses later who may be able to provide valuable testimony on your behalf.
- Take pictures to document the scene. If you can take photographs without putting yourself in harm’s way, you should remember to do so. The scene should be documented whenever possible so that the photographs can serve as proof indicating: damage to vehicles, road conditions, street signs, weather conditions, and injuries.
- Be careful who you speak with. Particularly if you are contacted by an insurance company – have your Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident lawyer speak with other parties’ agents.
How Do I Choose The Best RI Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
First of all, if you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck in RI, it is important to look for an experienced RI motorcycle accident lawyer, who has handled many of these types of cases. All of our RI motorcycle accident lawyers have been handling motorcycle accident cases for over 15 years, so we know how to deal with anything the insurance company throws at you. Our lawyers are licensed in and have locations in BOTH Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The best way to find a qualified RI motorcycle accident attorney is to get a good referral from family or friends. If you or your circle of friends and family do not know anyone, then doing research online is also a good method.
Once you have narrowed down your search, you may want to speak with more than one RI motorcycle accident lawyer. You should ask to speak with the attorney or someone within his or her office on the phone first. We do not claim to be the best RI motorcycle accident lawyers, however, like many; we do offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation. We will answer your questions on the telephone if you prefer and analyze the facts of your accident to determine whether you have a case and how much we think it might be worth.
How Do I Work With My RI Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The first, and perhaps most important, key to working with your motorcycle accident lawyer is to act as soon as possible. Like much else, as time passes, physical evidence is destroyed or disappears, and witnesses’ memories become distorted and fade. Contacting an attorney immediately is your best bet to ensure you are fully compensated for all your injuries.
Our motorcycle accident professionals begin to gather evidence as soon as you hire us. Calling us right after you contact the police ensures that a professional motorcycle accident investigator goes to the crash scene. The investigator will gather and document the information needed to later help prove your case and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
We will tell you exactly what information to provide so there is no guessing. We also take care of all of the paperwork and deal with your doctors and the insurance company for you. You focus on healing and we focus on your case.
What If a Family Member Dies in a Motorcycle Accident?
In cases where motorcycle accidents are fatal, the deceased rider’s survivors may have a valid wrongful death claim if the other driver was at fault. Wrongful death claims may entitle surviving family members to various types of compensation, such as: lost income, medical expenses, burial expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and the loss of relationship with the spouse, children, or parents left behind following the rider’s death. An experienced RI motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to advise you of everything you may be entitled to.
To determine the value of future lost income, experts are typically called to calculate the deceased’s would-have-been earning capacity for the rest of their life. Survivors may also be entitled to collect hospital expenses accrued from the time of injury up until the deceased’s passing, damages associated with the deceased’s pain and suffering prior to death, and with loss of consortium, money to cover the emotional costs of losing your loved one.
What Are Some RI Motorcycle Accident Statistics?
As part of the Highway Safety Performance Plan for 2012, the State of Rhode Island released a series of statistics about motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities. The full report can be found here.
How Can I Prevent a Future RI Motorcycle Accident Injury?
- Wear an approved, full-face helmet
- Wear motorcycle-specific protective apparel (i.e. leather jacket, reinforced denim/textile pants)
- Ensure your apparel is high-visibility (bright colors, adorned with reflective strips)
- Use motorcycle headlights
- Use motorcycle turn signals
- Complete Motorcycle Safety Foundation standardized curriculum trainings
Why Hire Us?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in either Rhode Island or Massachusetts, our qualified RI motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to help you. You are invited to call us on our toll free, 24-hour number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form.