I’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident in Rhode Island. What Should I Do Now?

Being involved in a car accident is alarming for more than one reason. Not only have you suffered a traumatic event, but the aftermath of a car accident can be confusing. You are hurt, vulnerable, and trying to navigate your way through an often-complex insurance claim system with no clear direction. Insurance adjusters may seem friendly over that phone and act like they want to help, but are they really putting your best interests first?

At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., the number one question we hear from victims of car accidents is, “what am I supposed to do now?” It is a fair question. There is no one guiding you through the process of filing an insurance claim, no one giving you advice on what to do if you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver, and no one looking out for you when the medical bills start rolling in, and you’ve missed work due to your injuries.

The attorneys with the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. want you to know that step one following a car accident in Rhode Island should be to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the post-car accident process and help you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. You may not have all the answers after a car accident, and that’s okay. Turning to someone who can give you the legal advice you need is the most important step you can take. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Rhode Island, contact us by calling (401) 444-4444 for help.

Steps to Take Following a Car Accident 

A car accident is a stressful event. From the moment you realize a collision is going to take place, the adrenaline starts to course through your veins. You are no doubt frightened and anxious and in pain; however, the next steps you take can make a significant impact on your health as well as the strength of your insurance claim or lawsuit. It is important to take a few calming breaths and try to clear your head. Next, try to follow these helpful suggestions:

  • Call law enforcement or 911: If you or anyone else has been seriously injured, call for emergency services immediately. Your health and safety are the number one priority. Law enforcement can also secure the scene and make a report about the accident that may help you down the line.
  • Collect contact information: Make sure to take down all the important information from the other driver, such as name, driver’s license information, car insurance information, and license plate numbers. It is also extremely helpful to gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Document everything: If you are physically able, make sure you take pictures of the damage to the cars, debris from the accident, any skid marks that may be present, or damage to the surrounding area. Try to get as many different angles as you can.
  • Report the accident: Drivers involved in an accident that results in injury or death, or causes damage to a vehicle that makes it incapable of normal and safe operation, must report the accident to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles within 21 days.
  • Contact your insurance provider: Give only the basic information about the accident to your insurance provider. Facts only.
  • Avoid social media: Do not post about your accident or injuries on any social media platform.
  • Contact an attorney: Getting an attorney on your side immediately is the best way to secure crucial evidence and negotiate a fair settlement for compensation.

Rhode Island Car Accident Laws 

Drivers need to understand that Rhode Island is a “fault” car accident state. That means that the person who is at-fault for causing the accident bears the responsibility for any resulting damage. Living in an at-fault state gives drivers involved in serious car accidents a range of options for recovering compensation after an accident. A driver may pursue compensation in the following ways:

  • Filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Filing a claim with their own insurance company
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver

Many people assume they only need an attorney if they want to take the other driver to court. That is incorrect. An attorney can gather evidence to help strengthen your claim and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. Insurance companies may take advantage of the fact that you are in a vulnerable physical and financial situation. Having a lawyer working with you means you have the benefit of a strong negotiator who can work to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. In the event an insurance company doesn’t want to negotiate in good faith, an attorney can take the at-fault party to court.

Rhode Island is also considered a “pure comparative negligence” state. So, any driver has the ability to recover damages from an accident; however, their damages will be reduced according to their share of negligence in causing the accident. If you are in an accident and it is deemed you were 20 percent to blame for the crash, you are entitled to collect the total amount of damages calculated minus 20 percent. Even if a driver is found to be mostly at-fault for an accident, they can still recover damages. However, that driver or their insurance company is still on the hook for the other parties’ losses. 

Find Out More About Your Rights Today

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, it is important to talk to an attorney about recovering financial compensation for your losses. A skilled attorney is a valuable asset that can help you get the damages you are entitled to. If you want more information about your legal options following a car accident in Rhode Island, give the legal team at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. a call at (401) 444-4444. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.

New Law Makes Driving while Holding Your Mobile Device Illegal in Rhode Island

A law that went into effect on June 1 makes it illegal to hold your cell phone/mobile device in your hand while operating a vehicle.

Police plan to fiercely enforce the law. Individuals caught using their phones while driving will be issued a $100 fine the first time. However, the fine can be waived if you are able to show that you’ve purchased a hands-free solution for your car, such as a mount. This is because the law does not prohibit hands-free use of mobile devices.

The law is designed to combat distracted driving, which causes numerous serious car accidents every year. The intention is not to be inconvenient, but rather to save lives.

Learn more.

Personal injury accident in Plainville; police officer injured

Authorities arraigned Robert Camara, Jr., 38,  at Wrentham District Court on Monday, January 9. He faces seven charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Camara faces the charges following a vehicular accident that injured Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook.

The incident under discussion occurred around 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 8 when employees at a Target store saw Camara trying to steal DVD players. Camara left the store after employees called the police. Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook chased Camara in the parking lot, but Camara was able to get inside his vehicle before Holbrook could catch up to him. Camara purposefully ran over Holbrook in his attempt to escape. Police officers were able to catch up to Camara and took him under custody.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. provide legal services for our clients in the state of Massachusetts. We handle personal injury accident and wrongful death cases. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855. to learn more about your options.

17 vehicles damaged by driver who lost control

One person had been hospitalized after an accident occurred at the Grecio Honda lot on Hartford Avenue on Route 6 in Johnston, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 6 at around 4:30 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, a lone vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole before rolling over onto a parking lot, causing damage to 17 vehicles.

Part of Route 6 had to be closed to public traffic while police officers conducted an investigation into the incident and maintenance crew members cleaned the area.

Grecio Honda company officials declined to comment on the matter.

Our personal injury accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd., who provide legal services in the state of Rhode Island, handle personal injury accident matters involving birth injuries, auto accidents, dangerous products, dog bite injury, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home negligence, slip and fall injury, truck accidents, and wrongful death. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Distracted driving with your furry friends along for the ride

Cell phones and other mobile devices are not the only possible causes of distracted driving. Some drivers bring their pets along on road trips, oblivious of the fact that pets can cause distractions to them.

Keeping your dog leashed in your car while the vehicle is moving can be a step toward vehicle safety. An animal off its leash has the capacity to move around the vehicle, causing the driver to move his or her eyes toward their furry friend instead of on the road.

Dogs can also be a prospective weapon. Imagine your dog, even if behaved, is unbuckled from its cage or seat. Should you need to suddenly stop your vehicle, there is a possibility that your dog will fly like a projectile. With enough force, a dog that slams into your face or your child can cause serious injuries.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. demonstrate the benefits of hard work and professionalism. We can help if you have the misfortune of sustaining injury in a personal injury accident in the state of Rhode Island. After an accident due to the distracted driving of other parties, get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling (401) 751-8855. Discuss your case with us today to learn more about your legal options.

Woman playing Pokémon Go! drives car into ditch

A Coventry woman drove her car into a ditch while playing augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go! last month.

The woman confessed that she was speeding at the time of the accident, which occurred because she was hunting fictional monsters on her phone instead of paying attention to her surroundings. Luckily, no one was hurt.

In Pokémon Go!, players are encouraged to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to catch monsters called Pokémon. The game uses your smartphone’s GPS to display monster locations and superimposes them onto real-world images using the phone’s camera. Players capture the monsters to build their collections and increase their in-game strength.

Despite the positive goal of getting people out and about, the game has led to numerous accidents, as people generally continue to ignore warnings to not use their phones while driving. The game even has a built in feature that detects when a person may be driving and blocks access, but it can easily be dismissed by tapping a button that says “I am a passenger.”

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents that killed more than 3,000 people in 2014. If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, you should not have to pay for the associated recovery costs. Contact the Rhode Island car accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., at (401) 751-8855 to learn more about holding distracted drivers accountable.

Attleboro woman charged with drunken driving in crash that seriously injured jogger

Thirty-three-year-old Attleboro, Massachusetts resident Mary Elliott was arraigned on Thursday, September 8 in Taunton District Court on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident on Route 44 West in Seekonk on Sunday, September 4 at around 5 p.m. that resulted in a jogger suffering from serious injuries.

Judge Kevin Cunningham set an initial hearing for her case on Oct. 21, 2016. After paying the bail of $5,000, Elliott was given instructions to remain alcohol-free throughout the days before the hearing. She will also be subjected to random screenings and should report daily to the probation department.

Elliott’s other charges are the reckless operation of a vehicle and crossing marked lines.

Our personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd., provide legal services to our clients in the state of Rhode Island and handle personal injury accident cases such as dangerous products, motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, and nursing home negligence, among others. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Driver sends four to the hospital after running a stop sign

Four people were hurt during a collision that happened at the intersection of Purchase Street and Freeborn Avenue in  Rhode Island on Saturday, August 20th.

According to preliminary investigations, a driver ran a stop sign at the intersection, causing a collision with a second vehicle. Both vehicles were towed from the scene of the accident.

Four people sustained neck, back, and chest injuries because of the accident. Each of the victims had to be transported to local hospitals for medical treatment.

Contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit in Rhode Island.  Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Newport two-vehicle collision hurts two

A 38 year-old Rhode Island woman was driving a three-wheel Scoot Coupe two-person moped eastbound on Ocean Avenue in Newport last Wednesday, August 3 when she collided with a Nissan Xterra that was headed west along the same road.

She and her 10-year-old male passenger were hurt during the incident as they were both thrown from the vehicle during the collision.

The woman, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, had been taken to Newport Hospital and was later brought to Rhode Island Hospital for the treatment of her critical injuries.

The boy was brought to Newport Hospital and was later transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital where he is now listed in stable condition from critical.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, who provide legal services to our personal injury accident clients in the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, are well-versed and very much experienced in personal injury law. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

North Providence two-vehicle collision kills one

According to an article by Turn to 10, a two-vehicle collision happened on Route 146 North By Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 6. The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m., resulting in the death of one person and the hospitalization of four other individuals.

According to preliminary investigations, a Nissan struck a BMW from behind. The Nissan overturned, eventually coming to a stop facing south on the left shoulder. A 24-year-old Rhode Island female driver flew from the vehicle when it flipped. The BMW, on the other hand, continued to travel north and stopped in the right breakdown lane.

The female driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, according to police. Authorities said she died at the scene of the accident. Meanwhile, the four individuals travelling in the other vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries as they all were wearing seat belts during the crash.