Recently, a Newport man (whose name is withheld due to attorney-client privilege) received significant damages after hiring the Middleton Personal Injury Attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates. The auto accident attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates recently received a settlement of $300,000 for one of its clients. The client was going through an intersection in Newport on his motorcycle, when a driver negligently started to make a left turn causing the client to feel he has to swerve to avoid hitting the driver’s car. He sustained a broken leg, which required surgery, as well as multiple abrasions. As a result of this accident, the man contacted the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, specifically Attorney Robin Gouveia who brought a claim on his behalf and was able to get a settlement at mediation for $300,000.
Attorney Gouviea stated “The injuries in this case were significant; however, liability was disputed. The insurance company attempted to argue their driver was not negligent since there was no contact made between the car and the motorcycle. We used statements from witnesses to argue contact was not necessary to cause the accident. The conduct of the defendant driver caused the reaction of our client; and directly causing his significant injuries. We succeeded in changing the insurer’s position on liability; and obtaining a fair result for the client.”
While all automobile accidents present the possibility of severe injury, motorcycle riders are at an obviously increased risk. With the protections offered by cars and trucks absent in motorcycles, the U.S. Department of Transportation has consistently urged the need for both car drivers and motorcycle operators to exercise safe and proper driving. While the 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute found that over half of motorcycle deaths involve accidents with another vehicle, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that those motorcycle operators are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident than car passengers.
d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug, defective medical product and medical malpractice cases. For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at Motorcycle Accident Lawyers.