Lawyers who represent people who have been struck by a vehicle usually charge what’s called a contingency fee. That is a percentage of the recovery that they make on behalf of the person. It is collected at the end of the case, so there is no upfront money that is owed by the client… Read More »
Can a Rhode Island pedestrian accident victim still make a claim when crossing the street without a crosswalk?
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, even if they are not in a crosswalk, often, blame can be placed upon the driver of the car that hit them for failing to see them, or for failing to slow in time. In addition, in Rhode Island, we have two types of crosswalks. Those… Read More »
For an adult pedestrian, you have three years from the date of the accident to file your case in court or settle it beforehand. If the injured person is a minor, the three years starts to run for their 18th birthday.
I was a pedestrian accident victim after being hit by a car while I was in a crosswalk. Who has the right-of-way?
Pedestrians usually have the right away when they are in crosswalks. However, you cannot walk directly into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close it might strike you, nor can you come around from the side of a vehicle or a truck and suddenly appear in front of a motorist. You… Read More »
I’ve been hurt in a Rhode Island pedestrian accident and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What’s the first thing I should do?
The first thing you should do when you’re hurt is to get medical care and treatment. Once that’s out of the way, it’s important for you to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. The circumstances of an accident where a person has been struck by a vehicle often require a great deal of… Read More »
What if I was partially at-fault for the Rhode Island accident because I was walking outside of a crosswalk or running across the street?
Rhode Island recognizes a legal concept known as comparative negligence. When that happens, your degree of negligence is compared to the degree of negligence of the other person that was involved in causing the accident. You cannot get paid for what was your responsibility, but you can get paid for the percentage of your… Read More »
In Rhode Island, anytime a person walking on a sidewalk or alongside a road or crossing a street or in a crosswalk is struck or bumped by another vehicle such as a car or a bus or a truck, it’s considered to be a pedestrian accident.
To win your pedestrian accident case in Rhode Island, you must prove that the other driver was negligent. This means that they violated one of the rules of the road, or otherwise failed to stop in time when they should have seen you.
What should I look for in hiring an attorney to represent me in my Rhode Island pedestrian accident case?
When you are injured as a pedestrian you ought to be hiring an attorney who has a great deal of experience with those types of cases. The reasons are that the investigation is very important to get done right away and in a particular manner. In addition, you need to have an attorney that… Read More »