RI Bike Accident: $200,000.00 Settlement Secured By Attorney Mike Bottaro

When a commercial van driver slammed into a young high school senior, his mother texted me right away.  Having handled bike accident personal injury cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts for many years and being a father of teenagers, I knew this family needed our help. Her boy was laid up in the hospital in the process of undergoing what would be several surgeries after this RI bike accident.  

Did you know that bicycle accidents are common in our communities?  In fact, nationally in 2020, the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration reported over 900 bike accident deaths.  Some of these resulted in bike accident wrongful death lawsuits.  Fortunately, in this case, our client survived and is on his way to recovery. Let’s look at the case and the great $200,000.00 personal injury settlement we were able to secure.

Attorney Mike Bottaro in front of scene of bicycle crash with orange car on road

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Woonsocket, RI Bike Accident Results In Multiple Fractures And Surgery

Our client was riding his bike home from the store after school.  He lives in Woonsocket and was on a main road, riding a route he regularly rode.  

At the same time, a busy delivery driver in a large van was bearing down in his direction.  From our bike accident investigation, this driver was driving too fast for the conditions.  As our client crossed the road, the van driver slammed into him, sending him vaulting off the bike where he hit the ground and lay unconscious. Woonsocket Police Department came to the scene and our client was rushed by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital. 

How Do You Investigate A Bike Accident Personal Injury Case?

At Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we care about our clients.  At the hospital, the doctors diagnosed several fractures that required extensive medical treatment including surgery and that took him out of school.  I visited our client at the hospital, praying with him at his bedside.

At our firm, we take pride in promptly investigating new cases.  Documenting the injuries such as below is important: 

person shown waist down lying in hospital bed with left leg from ankle to thigh wrapped in a medical splint

Our Client’s Injuries after the accident

x-ray image of bone fracture in leg

Our Client’s Injuries after the accident

Finding Fault With The Van Driver And Seeking Justice For Our Young Client

The other part of our investigation entailed accident reconstruction.  This is legally important to establish the van driver’s carelessness in contributing to the bike accident.  

In this regard, our investigation team went to work.  Our legal assistant Meghan Doyle visited the accident scene with me and helped me take photos the scene.  Meanwhile, our investigators worked the phones following up on tips regarding witnesses.  That hard work paid off when we interviewed an eyewitness who provided a sworn statement that the van driver was driving too fast and did not slow down:

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Bottaro Law Case Manager Meghan Doyle

Meghan Doyle, Case Manager at Bottaro Law

As to our client’s recovery from surgeries, it has been slow.  Meg helped document how the injuries have affected his daily activities and I was able to use this evidence in confronting the van driver’s insurance company.  The van driver’s insurance company fought us every step of the way, arguing that our client was at fault.  But it was through our dogged legal investigation and hard work, we ultimately secured an out-of-court settlement that will help this young man pay off his bills and get his life back on track.

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At the Bottaro Law Firm, we care for people.  Attorney Mike Bottaro and his team handle all types of personal injury cases including bike accident cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  We can also help on cases in other states as well.  Honesty. Integrity. Results.  Call or text us right now 24/7 for live help with a free case review at (401) 777-7777; chat, email, or feel free to complete our online form.  We are here to serve and help you!