Winter Weather And The Dangers While Driving

December 15th, 2017

Winter is here and as a New Englander you know this means that snow will fall and slippery driving conditions will follow. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement and 15 percent actually happen during snowfall or a sleet […]

A Driver’s Duty When Entering an Intersection

September 11th, 2017

Drivers often assume that when they have a green light, and the right of way, they have no further duties when entering an intersection.  However failing to exercise due care at an intersection can lead to serious accidents and subsequent liability, no matter what color the traffic light is. Drivers Cannot Block an Intersection In […]

Underinsured Motorist Coverage: When Does a Person “Occupy” the Insured Vehicle to Qualify for UM Coverage in Rhode Island?

June 29th, 2017

Uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage protects the injured party after an accident when the at-fault party’s insurance is insufficient.  UM coverage applies when the at-fault party has no insurance, or is a hit and run driver. UIM coverage applies when the at-fault party has some insurance but not enough. UM/UIM coverage not only […]

Auto Insurance Coverage for Uber and Lyft Drivers

May 26th, 2017

Insurance coverage for drivers of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft is confusing to understand amidst a rapidly developing industry. We have written about this issue before, and the policies keep changing. Legislation passed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 2016, and in 45 other states, requires ride-sharing companies to provide generous coverage when ride-share […]

Damages in RI Wrongful Death Cases With Multiple Defendants

April 27th, 2017

Wrongful Death Cases Require a $250,000 Minimum in Rhode Island How much can the surviving beneficiaries of a person who dies from wrongful acts expect to receive at trial?  Rhode Island law requires a $250,000 minimum recovery for successful wrongful death claimants.  The Wrongful Death statute at R.I. Gen. Laws Section 10-7-2, provides: “Whenever any […]

Part 2 in Our Brain Injury Awareness Series: What kinds of Brain Injuries are associated With Motor Vehicle Accidents?

April 3rd, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people annually experience Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with 14.3% caused by traffic accidents. Using those percentages, a staggering 286,000 TBIs result from car crashes every year. Since brain injuries are many times not quickly identified after an accident, the number could actually be […]

What to Do With Doctor Bills After an Accident

January 26th, 2017

  If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be wondering, “Should I send my doctor bills to my health insurance company?” The answer is yes. Even if the other driver is at fault, the law does not mandate that they pay your ongoing medical bills. If the other person is at fault, they […]

New RI Traffic Law in 2017: Don’t Block the Box

January 24th, 2017

Have you ever found yourself at a busy intersection, when the light turned green but you were unable to move forward because of cars sitting in your path? Rhode Island is trying to fix this common traffic problem. On January 1, 2017, Rhode Island’s new “Don’t Block the Box” law went into effect. This law […]

Which Doctor Should I See After a Car Accident?

January 20th, 2017

If you’ve been in a car accident, it is always best to seek immediate medical attention from an injury (car accident) doctor – even if you think you may not be seriously hurt. Your body goes into defense and high adrenaline mode after a car accident. You may feel fine initially, but you could wake […]

Who Pays For Car Accident Medical Bills?

January 12th, 2017

If you’re injured in a car accident, the fear of medical bills and lost income can be as painful as the injury itself. How will you afford out of pocket costs? What if the claim is denied? Insurance companies will often try to avoid fully disclosing your rights and providing fair compensation. So who pays […]