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Injured after a motorcycle crash?
If you're suffering from injuries after a crash on your bike, the medical bills are likely piling up, you've missed a ton of work, your motorcycle may be totaled, and you're probably still in a lot of pain.
A motorcycle accident is one of the most dangerous types of traffic collisions. Riders are exceedingly vulnerable since they don't have the same protection of an enclosure that other motor vehicles have. As you might expect, crashes involving motorcycles tend to result in more serious injuries and extensive vehicle damage.
Let an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer help you get the compensation you're entitled to after your traumatic collision. Contact Attorney Louis W. Grande today.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Rhode Island
According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, motorcycle riders are roughly 28 times more at risk of experiencing fatality after a traffic collision.
Between 2018 and 2019, 31 Rhode Island motorcyclists lost their lives in auto accidents, with Providence County containing the highest fatalities. Roughly 30% of riders who died in motorcycle accidents in 2019 weren't wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
Sadly, motorcycle accident fatalities represent 14% of all traffic collisions, while they only make up 3% of all registered motor vehicles. Riders between the ages of 21 and 34 make up 42% of motorcycle crashes.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Regardless of fault, when it comes to motorcycle collisions, two of the most common causes of accidents involve:
- Excessive speed – a factor in 44% of motorcycle accidents
- Alcohol impairment – a factor in 42% of motorcycle accidents
Aside from speeding and drunk driving, certain traffic scenarios pose a higher risk to motorcyclists in Rhode Island.
It's a common practice, but lane-splitting – or the act of a motorcyclist driving on the white lines between two lanes of stopped or slowed traffic – is illegal in Rhode Island. The unlawful practice is risky since vehicles could change lanes without seeing the rider, and the motorcycle will be traveling at high enough speeds to not be able to stop in time.
Cars and trucks have blind spots, and drivers don't always check them diligently before changing lanes or swerving to avoid a traffic risk in front of them. Motorcycles are small vehicles, so they're even more difficult to see if a rider is in a car's blind spot.
When a driver on the side of the road opens their door without checking for traffic approaching behind them, a motorcyclist could hit the door due to the inability to stop in time. This is a significant risk to riders driving in urban areas.
One of the most common types of traffic accidents, a rear-end collision, can cause catastrophic injuries to a motorcyclist. If a rider is hit from behind, there's a risk of being "sandwiched" between the two vehicles. If the rider hits another vehicle from behind, the risk of being thrown from their bike at great speed is enormous.
Possible Compensation in Motorcycle Accident Claims
In a motorcycle accident claim the injured party can typically recover two types of damages. The two categories of damages have to do with whether the loss is financially measurable.
Also called "compensatory damages," economic damages can be directly calculated and include:
- Payment for medical bills and medical expenses
- Compensation for property damage and vehicle repairs
- Repayment for lost wages due to the injury
Non-economic damages are a little more difficult to measure since there is typically no calculable loss, but injured parties are no less entitled to such damages.
Non-economic damages include:
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Decreased earning capacity due to the injury
Who Is at Fault in Motorcycle Accidents?
Riders get a bad rap for being careless or reckless drivers on the road, leading to the belief that motorcyclists are at fault more often for the accidents they're involved in. However, by some estimates, fault for multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents may be an even split between the rider and the other vehicle than is commonly believed.
How Is Fault Determined in Rhode Island Traffic Accidents?
Rhode Island uses a comparative negligence fault system to determine who is liable for every traffic collision. This means that a percentage of fault is assigned to each party involved in the accident—whichever party shares a higher percentage of the fault is responsible for paying damages to the other parties.
The amount of compensation awarded, however, is reduced by the amount of fault the injured person shares for the collision.
Injured riders should always seek legal aid from experienced motorcycle accident attorneys after a collision, even if they think they may share some of the blame for the collision.
A Providence Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
If you've been injured as a result of someone else's negligent actions while you were riding your motorcycle, you deserve to be compensated for your financial losses and severe injuries.
Our Providence motorcycle accident lawyers will work diligently and aggressively to ensure that you get every penny of the settlement you're entitled to get your life back on track. Call now for a free consultation.
Should I talk to insurance companies?
One of the most important things to remember is that the car insurance company is not on your side. After your motorcycle accident, you may get calls from insurance adjusters asking for your side of the story and about your injuries. Their primary goal is to settle your personal injury claim with as little cost as possible to the insurance company.
You should avoid speaking to any insurance companies without your lawyer present, and you should never agree to give a recorded statement unless your legal representation advises you to do so.
What do I do after a motorcycle accident in Rhode Island?
Your priority after a motorcycle crash is getting treated for your injuries – whether they require emergency medical attention or not. Notify the police of your collision right away so that you have an authoritative account of the accident. A police report can be critical to bolstering your claim or proving your case in court.
Be sure to collect the other driver's contact information, insurance details, and photos of the damage before leaving the scene.
How do I choose a good motorcycle accident lawyer in Providence, RI?
If you don't have a lawyer represent you for your personal injury lawsuit, you will struggle going up against an auto insurance company. They will certainly have a legal team behind them, and they'll do all they can to mitigate their losses.
A good motorcycle accident attorney will have lengthy experience handling motorcycle accident cases, extensive knowledge of personal injury law, and a commitment to advocating for your rights.
Finding the Best Providence Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer in Rhode Island is an important decision. The best attorneys are able to evaluate your case quickly and provide advice so you can make an informed decision. No attorney should ever pretend to know the exact value of your case in advance, and you should never pay for an initial consultation. The law office of Louis W. Grande handles motorcycle cases on “contingency” contracts, meaning that you never pay unless we win your case.
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Louis W. Grande is a top-rated, award-winning Providence personal injury lawyer that has helped clients throughout the state of Rhode Island for the last 30+ years recover millions in compensation for personal injury claims. Have you been injured? Call today for a free case evaluation.
Louis is an amazing attorney! He fights hard to get you what you deserve and he doesn’t give in. You couldn’t ask for a better lawyer to represent your interests and I can’t recommend him enough!
TOP-RATED PROVIDENCE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
Louis W. Grande is committed to providing quality legal representation and above all, personal attention to our clients’ individual needs. Conveniently located within minutes of downtown Providence on historic Smith Street, there is never a charge for an initial consultation. With evening and weekend appointments available, when your personal problems call for an experienced Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer, our firm is ready to assist you.
- No fee or cost unless we win your case.
- Receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
- Personalized and professional service.
Before talking with thes auto insurance companies, be sure to call our office. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We aggressively defend the rights of injured people in auto accidents and personal injuries in Rhode Island. We will keep you updated on the status of your claim at all times while explaining the process and what you can expect following an accident with an injury. We are fully committed to getting the most money we can for you.
The time following an accident with injuries resulting is stressful, and we are here to offer you our legal support by fighting aggressively to defend your rights. No matter your legal situation, if you suffer an injury due to the negligence of another driver, you could be compensated for your injuries.
Our goal is to get you the compensation you and your family deserve to relieve the financial impact following an accident or injury. Contact me now for help.
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