What Can I Collect For After a Motorcycle Accident in Providence RI?
If the other driver was partially or fully at fault, you may be able to collect compensation after a motorcycle accident for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Earnings
- Loss of Future Earnings
- Pain And Suffering
- Property Damage To Your Motorcycle
- Mental Anguish
- Wrongful Death
- Other Related Losses
Can I Collect for Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering is the most challenging aspect of the case to prove in motorcycle accident cases. The insurance company will try to downplay pain and suffering. However, the severity of the injury is what matters. Generally, a person who broke a bone or underwent surgery will get more money than someone who has scratches or bruises. Also, the amount of time that your doctor indicates that you had pain is vital. The longer they document that you are in pain, the more money the insurance company will likely give you. Read More.
What Will a Providence Motorcycle Accident lawyer Cost Me?
We charge the industry standard, which is 1/3 of your settlement. We only charge you if we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf.
What Insurance Coverage is Offered?
In Rhode Island, the minimum amount of coverage a vehicle must have is $25,000/$50,000. Therefore, a person injured in a motorcycle accident will have at least $25,000 in liability insurance from the negligent driver’s insurance company. Also, your motorcycle may have underinsurance coverage available as well. The minimum amount of coverage for this is also $25,000/$50,000.
Why are Motorcycle Cases Harder to Prove in Providence?
The insurance company adjuster will often try to prove their insured is not entirely at fault because they did not see the motorcyclist. A knowledgeable Providence motorcycle accident lawyer can walk you through this very involved process of trying to get the best settlement you deserve for your injuries. Read More.
Are Death Benefits Associated with Motorcycle Accident Settlements?
For fatal motorcycle accidents, the deceased rider’s survivors may have a wrongful death claim if the other driver was at fault. Wrongful death claims may allow surviving family members to collect various types of compensation, such as lost earnings, medical bills, burial expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and the loss of relationship with the children, parents, or spouse. An experienced Providence motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to look at the facts of your case and best guide you.
To determine the value of future lost income, experts are consulted to calculate the deceased’s would-have-been earnings for the rest of their life. Survivors may also be entitled to collect for:
- Hospital expenses from the time of injury up until the deceased’s passing
- Damages associated with the deceased’s pain and suffering before death
- Loss of consortium, money to cover the emotional costs of losing your loved one
What are the Most Common Injuries?
How To Know If You’re Head Injury is Serious?
- Burn Injury – Areas of the body that are affected may be sensitive to cold and heat and make the area more susceptible to infections. Permanent scarring can also come from these inures.
- Neck Injury – An injury to the neck can leave the rider to damage to the nervous system, discs and joints.
- Nerve Damage – A common form of nerve damage comes in the form of peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms could include muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and even paralysis.
- Spinal Cord Injury – If it is severe enough, this could lead to permanent paralysis. Others may experience bladder/bowel dysfunction and respiratory difficulties.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – An injury to the head can have wide-spread negative effects on a person. Chronic pain, impaired cognitive abilities, vision and hearing loss and seizures are just some of the side-effects.
What Can I do to Help my Providence Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Perhaps the most important key to working with your motorcycle accident lawyer is to act immediately. As time passes, physical evidence can be destroyed or disappear and witnesses’ memories become distorted and faded. Also, there are time limits with which you may file a case, called the statute of limitations. In RI the statute of limitations is three (3) years from the date of injury in most cases.
You should also keep your Providence motorcycle lawyer up-to-date on any new information. This can include how your treatment is going, new issues that have arisen from the accident and other related information. If you keep your lawyer updated, they will have everything they need to get the best compensation for your claim.
Never be afraid to ask questions. Remember, we are here to focus on your case while you focus on recovering. If you have any questions or concerns, always voice them to your lawyer and their staff. We are here to alleviate any and all stress that we possibly can.
Why Call Us?
We only handle personal injury and disability cases and have settled thousands of cases for over 30 years. All of our lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates have at least 20 years of experience in handling motorcycle accident cases in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We are dedicated to getting you the most money for your injuries and answering all your questions. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Providence, call our Providence office at 401-831-8600 or contact us online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.