Cranston Car Accident Lawyer
751 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 02910 | (401) 275-2039
Have you been injured from a negligent Cranston driver?
Cranston car accident lawyers can get you the compensation you deserve!
If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you can collect for your medical bills, lost earnings and pain and suffering. We charge no fee until you get your settlement. Call us 24/7 at (401) 275-2039), or fill our a contact form. The consultation is free.
Cranston Car Accidents: What You Need to Know
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(L-R) Paul d’Oliveira (Lawyer), Laura Cameron (Lawyer), Lisa Rose (Office Manager / Paralegal), Pamela Reis (Paralegal)
Some of the Types of Car Accidents Our Cranston Attorneys Handle Include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Merging accidents
- Rollover auto crashes
- Multi-vehicle pile ups
- Distracted driving crashes
What Do We Charge?
We charge you an industry standard 1/3 fee plus expenses for medical records, investigative costs, etc. You are only charged if we obtain a settlement or award for you.
What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
You can collect for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our Cranston car accident lawyers know how to do many things to get you a top dollar settlement of your claim. Read more.
What Can I Be Compensated for Following My Cranston Car Accident?
The specific facts of your case will determine what you can be compensated for in your car accident personal injury suit. The types of potentially recoverable damages include:
- Lost wages
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Psychological harm
- A victim’s loved ones may be compensated for car accidents resulting in their death
What Are Possible Causes of Car Accidents?
Every car accident is different, but there are some common things that frequently contribute to car accidents, including:
- Distracted driving. According to Forbes, every year, around 3,000 people’s lives are claimed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Approximately 8% of all fatal car accidents are attributed to distracted drivers. Distracted driving can include texting or scrolling on one’s phone, adjusting a GPS or the radio, or paying attention to passengers rather than to the road.
- Drunk driver. In the United States, a person dies in a drunk driving crash every 39 minutes. Although a blood alcohol content of 0.08 is the legal limit (with the exception of Utah where it’s 0.05), in 2021, there were still “2,266 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where a driver had a BAC of 0.01 to 0.07 g/dL.” Alcohol impairs brain function and basic motor skills, even at low levels, meaning the necessary abilities for safely operating a vehicle are reduced.
- Vehicle part defect. If there is a manufacturing defect in your vehicle, this could cause the vehicle not to operate correctly, causing a hazard to the driver and passengers of the defective vehicle, as well as to other drivers on the road.
- Poor road conditions. Even with the utmost care and caution taken, poor road conditions can make it difficult for drivers to navigate around others. Whether it be construction or poor maintenance of the roads, or bad weather, there are various things that can make street hazardous for drivers and more likely to cause accidents.
- Speeding. Speeding is often involved in car accidents that result from reckless driving. According to a 2021 study from the National Safety Council, “speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities, killing 12,330, or an average of over 33 people per day.”
What Should I Do After My Cranston Car Accident?
- First, turn on your hazard lights and do not remove your car from the scene of the accident, unless it could be hit by another vehicle.
- Call 911 as soon as possible.
- If possible, take some pictures of the cars and the position of the cars in the accident, as well as weather, road conditions, time, place, and any clear traffic violations.
- Get any witnesses’ names and contact information as soon as possible.
- Get the other driver’s name, address, and insurance company information.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Do I Need an Attorney for a Crash That Was Not My Fault?
No, minor car accidents do not require an attorney and can be settled through your insurance company. However, car accidents that result in high medical costs, lost wages, or any other damages should be discussed with an attorney. Our car accident attorneys will counsel and advise you about your best legal options. As our client, your interest is our top priority, as is getting you the largest settlement amount possible.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Settlement?
How long it takes to reach a car accident settlement varies on a case-by-case basis. This depends on the specific facts of your case, including the extent of your injuries, ability to communicate with insurance companies, and determination of liability, among other factors. A case can be resolved in a matter of weeks, or it could take over a year to resolve. Contact us today to discuss the details of your accident with an experienced car accident attorney.
Will I Have to Go to Court for My Cranston Car Accident Case?
Many personal injury cases can be resolved out of court through settlement with the insurance company.
d’Oliveira & Associates attorneys have successfully settled Cranston car accident cases out of court for decades. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys are not afraid to fight on your behalf in the roughly 5% of our cases that do go to court.
What if the Other Driver Is Uninsured or Underinsured?
If so, you may collect on the uninsured/underinsured portion of your auto policy (and possibly other cars in your household) and they cannot raise your rates, assuming it was the other driver’s fault. The minimum coverage in RI for this is $25,000/$50,000. Our experienced Cranston car accident lawyers can easily walk you through this process. Read more.
How to Get the Most for Property Damage
It could not be any easier than simply having the insurance company appraiser meet with your auto mechanic to examine the damage to your vehicle. They are in the best position to get you the most money to fix your car. Read more.
How Can I Maximize My Settlement or Award Amount?
The amount you are awarded or that you settle for will depend on various factors. But there are some things you can do to increase the amount you receive in your settlement amount. First, be sure to get the statements and contact information of witnesses as their first-hand account of the incident can provide helpful evidence of your injuries and the other party’s fault.
Additionally, taking photos of the scene and of your injuries can greatly help your case and your ability to recover more compensation. While it certainly helps having documentation and description of your injury, having photos of your injury helps to paint a picture of your recovery, pain and suffering, and the scars you are left with. Further, if a settlement cannot be reached for you, and your case is among the 5% of our cases that go before jury trial to be decided, it certainly helps to show a jury your injury rather than to explain it.
Finally, medical records and documentation of all of the physical therapy and appointments for medical treatment you attended are important to have. The more evidence of your pain and suffering, and ability to show how determined you are to treat your injuries, the better for recovering more compensation for your personal injury case.
Do I Talk with My Own Insurance Company?
It is imperative that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible after a car accident and file a claim with them. Provide them with the basic facts of the accident and the police report if you have it available. If you do not have a copy of the police report, our Cranston car accident lawyers can easily obtain this for you. You should read your insurance policy to see what type of coverage you have.
You should keep all paperwork involved with your claim, such as any of your medical expenses and any other documents or expenses that might be pertinent to your case.
Should I Talk with the Other Driver’s Insurance Company?
Our firm recommends that you do not speak to the other party’s insurance company without speaking with a lawyer. If you choose to speak with the other party’s insurance company, we advise that you do not elect to give the details of your case with them as anything you say can be used against you. Also, do not agree to any offers to settle your claim until your doctor has released you from medical treatment and you are no longer experiencing pain.
How Much Insurance Coverage Is Available in RI?
In Rhode Island, a vehicle owner must carry a minimum of 25,000/50,000 coverage. This type of insurance means any person injured has up to $25,000 coverage, with up to $50,000 in coverage per accident. Our Cranston car accident lawyers can advise you of all coverage available to you.
Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Cranston, RI
- RI 2 Reservoir Ave and RI 12 (Park Ave) – One source ranks this area as the 5th most dangerous intersection in all of Rhode Island. Within a three-year span, this area saw 234 crashes, with injuries resulting in 47 of those crashes, and 186 of those crashes resulting in property damage only.
- I–295 Exit 3 – One source ranks this area as the 8th most dangerous area in all of Rhode Island. Within a three (3) year span, this area saw 95 crashes, with 59 of them resulting in injuries.
Why Do I Need an Experienced Cranston Auto Accident Lawyer?
Studies show that people who hire a lawyer for their personal injury claim often get 2-3 times as much compensation in their settlement or award as those who do not. The insurance company will likely try to lowball you. Let us focus on your case so you can focus on healing.
Why Hire Us?
- Every d’Oliveira & Associates lawyer has over 20 years of experience in handling car accident cases in RI and MA
- We offer free case evaluations 24/7.
- We have 16 offices conveniently located throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
- You will not be charged a legal fee unless we get a cash settlement for you.
- Your case will be handled with the utmost care, and we guarantee that your phone calls will be returned promptly.
- We negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you get the best possible settlement for your injuries.