Rhode Island and Massachusetts Car Accident FAQs

If you’re reading these frequently asked questions, it’s likely that you or someone you love suffered an injury in a car accident. This is a stressful time when a lot of decisions have to be made. You know you should talk to a personal injury lawyer, but like most people, you probably have questions you want answered before you move forward. You’ve come to the right place.

At Bottaro Law, our injury lawyers are focused on protecting the rights of car accident victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. That’s why we’ve provided answers to some of the frequently asked questions we hear from people in similar situations to your own. When you’re ready to contact us, we’ll be ready to help—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online to schedule your free case review.

With our No Fee Guarantee®, you can rest assured that you won’t owe us anything unless you get money for your case. Take the first step and get in touch with our lawyers today.

I’ve been injured in a car accident. What are my rights?

If you were injured in a car accident, especially one that was caused by another person, you have the right to be represented by an attorney with experience handling injury claims in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Without an attorney on your side, an insurance company may not provide maximum compensation for your damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

Additionally, an experienced law firm can review your case to help ensure you get the compensation you deserve for non-economic damages, such as:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Physical impairment
  • Inconvenience
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (disruption of your personal relationship with your spouse)

Calculating damages in a car accident case can be complicated. At Bottaro Law, we have the knowledge and resources to review the details of your accident and build a strong claim on your behalf.

What can I do to protect my rights after a car accident in RI or MA?

First and foremost, after a car accident, it’s important to get the medical attention you need for your injuries. Once you’ve taken care of yourself and your loved ones, here’s a list of critical things to do after a car accident:

  • Obtain the police report
  • Contact your car insurance company
  • Get copies of your medical records
  • Gather proof of income documents
  • Obtain vehicle damage estimates and vehicle value

As you recover, keep a diary that includes all relevant information related to your accident and how your injuries impacting your day-to-day life.

The insurance company wants a statement about my car accident. Should I give one?

No. Despite what some people may tell you, you are not required to give a statement about the accident to your insurance company or the other part’s insurer. In fact, it may end up hurting your case. Before you talk to anyone else about the accident, talk to an attorney with experience handling car accident cases in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

The accident may have been partially my fault. Do I still have a case?

It depends. Rhode Island is a “pure comparative negligence” state, which means that, even though an accident may be partially your fault, you can still recover damages from another at-fault party. However, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Massachusetts is a “modified” comparative fault state, which can have a significant effect on your compensable damages if you are found to be partially at fault for a car accident. Under “modified” comparative fault rules, you can only recover damages in a crash if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Like Rhode Island, the amount of damages you receive will be reduced by an amount equal to the percentage of fault you share in causing the crash.

Before you dismiss the possibility of recovering damages for your injuries, contact Bottaro Law to discuss the specific facts of your case.

Why is “time is of the essence” to talk to an attorney after a RI or MA car accident?

Rhode Island and Massachusetts have placed time limits, or statutes of limitations, on how long you can wait to file a lawsuit after a car accident. In Rhode Island, those time limits are:

  • three years after the accident for filing a personal injury lawsuit
  • ten years after the accident for filing a lawsuit for property damage (i.e. damage to a vehicle)

If you’ve been in a car accident involving the government, you’ll need to file a claim with the right government agency in order to preserve your legal rights, and you’ll need to do it pretty quickly (as little as 60 days in some cases).

In contrast, Massachusetts car accident victims must bring a lawsuit for personal injury or property damage within three years from the date of the accident.

Keep in mind that these time limits only affect when you can file a car accident lawsuit in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. They have no bearing on when you can file an insurance claim.

I was seriously injured in a car accident and I can’t work – how can I afford an attorney?

At Bottaro Law, we understand the stress and anxiety you may be going through after a car accident. You don’t need the added stress of worrying about how you’ll pay an attorney. That’s why we offer an exclusive No Fee Guarantee®: there is no charge to you until you win your case. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online today. It only takes a few minutes to get started, and there’s no obligation.

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