A Personal Injury Law Firm for Warwick, Rhode Island
Warwick opened the Revolutionary War with the first shots fired, and its nearly 400 years of history have endowed it with an Old World charm that is rarely found on this side of the Atlantic. The city shares the historic village of Pawtuxet with neighboring Cranston, and its “livability quotient” is greatly enhanced by its dozens of parks and playgrounds, high per capita income, and nearly 40 miles of scenic coastline along Greenwich Bay and the Providence River.
Major highways serving Warwick include Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1, both of which host heavy traffic to and from Boston and New York, and local roads experience heavy traffic on the weekends and during rush hour. Although Rhode Island’s traffic accident rate is the lowest it’s been in decades, driving can still be treacherous, especially if you are sharing the road with an intoxicated or careless driver. When an accident happens, you may have to add financial distress to the physical and emotional stress that you will have to deal with.
Unfortunately, the insurance company may try to add insult to injury by unjustly denying or disputing your claim, or offering to settle your claim for far less than it is worth. You deserve better.
At The Bottaro Law Firm, we are trained professionals with rich experience in negotiating and litigating car accident claims, and we are committed to fighting until our clients receive every single dime they are entitled to under Rhode Island personal injury law. Car accident claims can get complex, and your choice of an attorney could turn out to be the most important decision you make in the entire case
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can file a claim if the victim died in the accident?
Under Rhode Island’s wrongful death statute, the executor or administrator of the victim’s estate must file a wrongful death lawsuit rather than a personal injury lawsuit. The damages go to the victim’s qualifying family members unless none of them are alive, in which case they go to the victim’s estate for distribution to heirs. Successful wrongful death lawsuits typically bring in large recoveries.
What defenses is the other party likely to raise?
Depending on the facts of your case, there is any number of different defenses that a defendant (or an insurance company you are filing a claim with) might raise, including:
- The accident was partly your fault: This defense, even if successful, might only reduce the amount of your recovery.
- The defendant’s conduct did not amount to negligence: This can be a very subjective claim. If your negligence claim is based on the defendant’s use of a cell phone while driving, for example, he or she might claim that use was reasonable under the circumstances and did not constitute negligence.
- The defendant’s negligence did not cause the accident: The heart of this claim would be that the accident would have happened, and your damages would have been equally severe, even if the defendant had not acted negligently.
- The insurance policy does not cover the losses claimed: This is an argument that would be advanced by an insurance company out of court in order to deny its own liability, not the defendant’s. It would probably be based on the wording of the defendant’s insurance policy.
- Your injuries are not as serious as you claim they are: The defendant would probably dispute your medical records or your claims concerning the extent to which your injury affects your daily life.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer, because every case is different. In the most optimistic scenario, your claim could be resolved in as little as a few weeks. Most claims take a few months to resolve, while a few claims stay pending for years. The conditions favoring a quick resolution in your favor include whether (i) your evidence is strong (ii) you are not asking for much money and (ii) your lawyer is a highly skilled settlement negotiator with a reputation for winning cases in court as well.
Who can I sue if the accident was caused by an automobile malfunction?
If the accident was caused by an automobile malfunction (or a malfunctioning traffic light, for that matter), you might have a viable product liability claim. Depending on the facts, it may be possible to sue the manufacturer or distributor of the product.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in Warwick, RI, the time to act is now. If we take your case, we will not charge you any legal fees until you receive either a settlement or a verdict. If you receive nothing, you will owe us nothing. Our lawyers are fearless, experienced, and relentless. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve by calling 401-777-7777 or contacting us online for a free initial consultation on your case.