Common Types of Rhode Island and Massachusetts Car Accidents

At Bottaro Law, our lawyers have years of experience helping auto accident injury victims get the compensation they deserve. And while we know that no two car accidents are alike, we also know that many are caused by negligent behavior that could’ve been prevented.

If you were injured in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, our Rhode Island and Massachusetts lawyers are ready to investigate your crash and hold the responsible driver’s insurance company responsible. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online to get started now. The case review is free, and you only pay us if you get money for your claim. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®.

Types of Auto Accidents Accordion

Distracted Driving

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Distracted Driving Lawyers

Any activity that takes a driver’s focus off the road can be considered distracted driving, but the riskiest behaviors can be broken down into three categories:

  • Visual Distractions
    Checking cell phones, changing radio stations, and looking at GPS navigation are all behaviors that take drivers’ attention away from safely operating a vehicle. Every second a driver takes their eyes off the road increases the risk of a car accident.
  • Manual Distractions
    Behaviors that take drivers’ hands off the steering wheel are considered manual distractions. Eating while driving or reaching for an item in the backseat leaves drivers unable to react to changing traffic conditions or perform maneuvers that can help prevent an accident.
  • Cognitive Distractions
    Even when drivers are able to keep both hands on the wheel, such as with a hands-free cellphone, discussions or even daydreaming can take their attention away from hazards on the road.

At Bottaro Law, we know that our neighbors in Rhode Island and Massachusetts face distracted driving dangers every day. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by an inattentive driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online 24/7 for a free and confidential case review from our Rhode Island and Massachusetts car accident lawyers.

Texting and Driving

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Texting and Driving Lawyers

Cellphone use while driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts today. And unlike just a few years ago, drivers of all ages are doing more than texting behind the wheel. As smartphone technology advances, checking social media feeds, snapping photos, and even video chatting while behind the wheel has become a reality.

Just how risky is this behavior? The National Safety Council states that cellphones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year. That’s 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States.  If you or someone you love are among the hundreds of thousands of people injured in a texting and driving accident every year, Bottaro Law wants to help.

Our injury lawyers focus on helping car accident victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts every day, and we’re here to hold the driver who caused your accident accountable. From investigating the scene of your accident to collecting records that prove the extent of your injuries, we want to do everything we can to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Evidence can disappear fast after an accident. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online for a free case review, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Driver Fatigue

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Fatigued Driving Lawyers

Studies show that driving while tired is every bit as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs—and just as likely to result in a serious car accident. The truth is that most Americans are functioning on far too little sleep in their daily lives. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that insufficient sleep is a “public health epidemic.”

Yet no matter how common driver fatigue may be, there is never an excuse to drive while drowsy. It takes just one moment of nodding off to cause a devastating accident. If you or a loved one were hurt in a car crash and you believe driver fatigue may have been a factor, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Drowsy driving is sometimes hard to prove, which is why you should consider hiring a law firm with the resources to handle your case. At Bottaro Law, we are able to retain investigative experts who can help us determine the cause of your crash and hold at-fault parties accountable for their irresponsible decisions and behavior.

Unfortunately, at-fault drivers and their insurance companies are often quick to deny allegations of driver fatigue. Our Rhode Island and Massachusetts car accident lawyers are experienced with crashes caused by driver fatigue. We can advise you as to whether an insurance company’s offer is fair or not, and we want to help ensure you get the best possible results for your claim.

Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online for a free case review anytime. We’ll even come to you if you can’t come to us. So don’t wait. Let Bottaro Law help protect your rights today.

Rollover Accident

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Rollover Accident Lawyers

Rollover accidents aren’t like other kinds of car crashes. In fact, they can occur even when there is only one vehicle involved, without any kind of conventional “crash” whatsoever—and the damages are almost always substantial. It’s important to understand how rollover accidents happen, which drivers are most susceptible to harm, and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid them.

It’s also vital to understand your rights under Rhode Island and Massachusetts personal injury law if you or a loved one were injured in a rollover accident. If the crash happened as a result of another party’s negligence (as is often the case), you may be entitled to a substantial financial recovery. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve isn’t as easy as it should be. All too often, insurance companies, employers, and vehicle manufacturers refuse to treat injury victims fairly until an experienced attorney steps in.

The attorneys at Bottaro Law have years of experience in aggressively representing drivers, passengers, and pedestrians injured in many types of car accidents, including vehicle rollovers. As an award-winning law firm with a record of results, you can rest assured that our experienced Rhode Island rollover accident attorneys will fight for your rights through the very end.

Rollover Crash Risk Factors

All of the following factors have been shown to significantly increase the risk of a roadway rollover:

  • Driving a vehicle with a high center of gravity
    Vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks, commercial trucks, school buses, tour buses, and vans may be more prone to rollovers. Our office can help you determine whether your car is among the worst offenders and how that information might factor into your case.
  • Trips
    A trip is any hazard, obstruction, or abnormality in the roadway that causes a vehicle to become unbalanced, swerve suddenly, or lose control. Trips are the most common cause of rollovers, accounting for about 95% of all cases.
  • Suddenly turning the wheel
    Vehicles are designed for gradual, smooth changes in course or direction. Jerking the wheel sharply or abruptly can cause the vehicle to lose balance and flip over. This is referred to as an “untripped rollover.”
  • Poor road conditions
    Snow, ice, black ice, standing water, and heavy rain are all known to cause rollovers. In some cases, the weather accumulates on the road and acts as a trip. In other cases, the conditions cause the vehicle to skid or hydroplane, and when the driver responds with an abrupt correction of the steering wheel, an untripped rollover occurs.
  • Negligent driving
    Speed, distracted driving, fatigued driving, texting while driving, reckless driving, and driving under the influence all greatly increase the likelihood of a rollover. This is true regardless of weather conditions or the type of vehicle involved.

The Rhode Island rollover accident attorneys at Bottaro Law Firm, LLC work with experienced professionals in accident investigation and analysis. We can help you determine the precise cause of your rollover to identify which party is at fault.

Trips That Can Lead to Rollover Accidents

Common trips, or road hazards that can cause a vehicle to roll over, include:

  • Litter
  • Abandoned cargo
  • Cargo that has fallen off other vehicles (e.g. furniture, mattresses, lumber, etc.)
  • Guardrail fragments from another accident
  • Dead animals
  • Broken road surfaces (potholes, crumbling asphalt, etc.)
  • Uneven highway shoulders
  • Debris from highway construction projects
  • Speed bumps, curbs, or highway shoulders that have been poorly placed or inadequately maintained
  • Fragments of worn-out tires on the road
  • Black ice

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been injured or a loved one was hurt or killed in a rollover accident anywhere in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, the experienced lawyers at Bottaro Law want to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Get started now. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online 24/7 for a free case review.

Hit and Run

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Hit and Run Accident Lawyers

Suffering an injury in a car crash is bad enough on its own, but if the accident is someone else’s fault and that person is nowhere to be found, you may be wondering where you can turn for help.

Not only is leaving the scene of an accident illegal in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it also complicates the injury claims process for hit and run victims like you. Without knowing the identity and insurance information of the other parties involved, it can be difficult to negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit for damages.

At Bottaro Law, we understand the frustration and discouragement that can follow a hit and run injury. Fortunately, even when police aren’t able to find the hit-and-run driver, there are strategies available to ensure that your rights are still protected.

Our Rhode Island hit and run accident lawyers have years of experience handling difficult cases, and we want to help you too. Often, we find ourselves representing you against your own insurance company, insisting that they step up to the plate and protect you in the way they promised they would.

What Happens After a Hit and Run?

If the police are able to locate the driver who hit you before or during the course of your injury claim, we can pursue compensation directly from that person and their auto insurance company.

If the driver was uninsured or carried insufficient insurance coverage at the time of your accident, we can explore various options for compensation, such as uninsured motorist coverage, which may be included in your own auto insurance policy.

If the driver isn’t caught, you may still be able to apply your own insurance company’s uninsured motorist coverage and/or personal injury coverage. If your insurance company tries to resist the claim, which is likely, Bottaro Law wants to help. Our experienced Rhode Island hit and run accident lawyers know how to hold insurers accountable, so you have the best possible chance of getting the compensation you deserve.

Additionally, third parties—such as vehicle manufacturers, state and local governments, and other drivers—may share in the liability for your injuries. We can work with experts in the field to investigate your accident and uncover every potential source of liability.

Call Our Massachusetts & Rhode Island Hit and Run Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one were injured in a hit and run accident anywhere in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, Bottaro Law is here to protect your rights. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online to get started. Your initial case review is free, and you only pay us attorney’s fees if we get money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®.

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