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Auto Accident Lawyers in Providence, RI

Bottaro Injury Lawyers has a state-of-the-art office conveniently located off I-95 in Providence, Rhode Island. When you are in a car accident, you need our experienced attorneys on your side to help you pursue financial recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, and all the other monetary damages that the insurance company will not tell you about.

At Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we know the local insurance companies and know the tricks they play to prevent you from getting just compensation. Car accidents in Providence can affect every aspect of your life, and you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries.

The insurance companies have one objective — to protect their bottom line. They are not interested in giving you a fair deal. They are interested in giving you the smallest settlement they can get away with.

Our sole objective is to protect injury victims and make sure they get the compensation they deserve. We will ensure you get the medical treatment you need and deserve and help you make your case to the insurance company. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement, we will prepare your case for trial. With our No Fee Guarantee, you don’t pay anything unless we get compensation for you.

If you have been in a car accident in Providence, time is of the essence. There are time deadlines and vital evidence to gather. It is crucial that you contact Attorney Mike Bottaro and his team immediately so they can begin working with you and the insurance company.

Do not speak to the insurance company. We know what to say – and what not to say. We will investigate and relentlessly pursue your case to quickly get you a top settlement. The Rhode Island auto insurance companies know that with Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we mean business. Mike and his team are trial-ready if necessary. That means a better settlement for you.

We are here 24/7. Call, text, email, or contact us online to get representation immediately.

Do You Have a Car Accident Claim?

You may have a car accident claim if you were injured or suffered property damage in a crash due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. If you can show that the other party’s action or inaction led to the crash and your injuries and that you sustained financial and personal losses as a result, you likely have a valid claim.

For example, if a drunk driver sped through an intersection and crashed into your vehicle, it is likely that the drunk driver’s reckless behavior caused the crash that led to your injuries and related losses. That drunk driver would then be liable for the medical expenses, lost wages, mental trauma, and other losses you sustained due to the accident.

How Is Fault Determined after an Auto Accident?

Our Rhode Island car accident law firm will gather and analyze evidence to help prove fault and build effective cases for our clients. Examples of the kinds of evidence we may rely on in your car accident claim include:

  • Accident scene photos and videos
  • Surveillance, traffic camera, or dashcam footage of the crash
  • Driver and eyewitness statements
  • Logs from the cars’ on-board computers
  • Post-accident vehicle inspection and repair reports
  • Police accident reports and traffic citation or arrest records
  • Accident reconstruction expert reports
  • Medical records from the treatment of your injuries

Common Types of Car Accidents in Providence

The types of car crashes that our Providence attorneys often see and handle include:

  • Head-on accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Sideswipe accident
  • T-bone accidents
  • Intersection accidents
  • Highway and interstate accidents
  • Speeding accident
  • Reckless driving accidents
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving accident
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Drugged driving accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents
  • Uber and Lyft accidents
Common Types of Car Accidents in Providence

Benefits of Hiring a Providence Car Accident Lawyer

By hiring a Providence car accident lawyer from Bottaro Injury Lawyers, you can focus your time and energy on your physical and emotional recovery. Let our firm handle all the legal aspects of your car accident claim, including:

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident to recover evidence that we can use to build an effective car accident claim for you.
  • Bringing in accident reconstruction experts and other expert witnesses in fields such as medicine, finance, and vocational training, where needed, to help us persuasively explain the technical aspects of your case.
  • Reviewing the evidence to identify the driver and other parties who can be held liable for your injuries and losses, as well as insurance policies that may provide coverage in your case.
  • Calculating your expenses and losses, including future expected medical and long-term care needs, so that we know what a fair and full financial recovery looks like in your case.
  • Explaining your legal rights and options to you and advising you on what actions to take at each stage of your case.
  • Filing your claims with the insurance companies and at-fault parties.
  • Vigorously negotiating to reach a settlement that pays you fair and full compensation.
  • Filing a lawsuit and taking your claims to trial when litigation represents the best option for pursuing maximum financial recovery in your case.

What Compensation Can Be Recovered?

If you have suffered injury or property damage from a car crash that someone else caused, you may be entitled to hold them responsible for the various types of losses you suffer. Car accident compensation in your case may cover:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, physical or occupational therapy, prescription medication, or medical and mobility equipment
  • Costs of long-term care, such as home health services, if you suffer permanent disabilities that affect your ability to take care of daily tasks
  • Lost wages or income from missed time from work
  • Loss of earning capacity and employment benefits when disabilities interfere with your ability to return to work
  • Physical pain and anguish
  • Emotional trauma and distress
  • Lost quality of life due to injuries causing disabilities, visible scarring or disfigurement, or reduced life expectancy
  • Expenses to repair your car or the cash value of your car if it was totaled in the accident
  • Repair or replacement expenses for other property damage

Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit

In Rhode Island, you’re given a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after a car accident. Generally, the statute of limitations gives you just three years from the date of a crash to file a car accident lawsuit against the at-fault driver or other liable parties.

Filing suit after the statute of limitations has passed exposes you to the possibility of having the court permanently dismiss your lawsuit. That means you could lose your right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

Common Car Accident Injury Cases We Handle

Bottaro Injury Lawyers has helped clients recover financially, emotionally, and physically from car accident injuries such as:

  • Severe lacerations
  • Abrasions and road rash
  • Avulsions, where skin is torn away from the muscle and bone
  • Burns and smoke inhalation injuries from vehicle fires
  • Broken bones
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Soft tissue tears
  • Internal organ injuries and bleeding
  • Crush injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Neck and back injuries, including whiplash and spinal disc herniation
  • Nerve injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Facial injuries
  • Eye and ear injuries, including vision or hearing loss
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries

What to Do After a Car Accident

After being involved in a car accident, you should act quickly to keep yourself safe, optimize your chances of seeing a full recovery, and protect your right to pursue a future car accident claim for compensation.

Steps to take following a car accident in Providence include:

  • Seeking medical attention as soon as possible to get examined by a doctor for the injuries you suffered in the car crash.
  • Following the treatment instructions and recommendations your doctor gives you.
  • Taking photos and videos of the accident scene with your cell phone, if possible.
  • Making sure to keep copies of bills, invoices, and receipts for expenses, including medical expenses and repair costs. If you miss time from work or are indefinitely or permanently disabled from employment, also make sure to have copies of your pay stubs or income statements.
  • Starting a diary or journal to document your medical recovery, focusing on the pain you experience from injuries and medical procedures and how they negatively impact your quality of life.
  • Not posting on social media about the accident or your car accident claim. Also, avoid posting photos or videos of yourself while still treating your injuries. Insurers often try to use car accident victims’ social media posts to undermine injury claims, such as by presenting posted photos of an injury victim participating in sports if they’ve claimed to be disabled from work.
  • Speaking to a Providence car accident attorney at Bottaro Injury Lawyers to learn how our firm can immediately begin protecting your rights and building a case for financial recovery on your behalf.

Auto Accident FAQs

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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:

  • Save any evidence you have from the crash scene, such as photos, cellphone video, and contact information from witnesses.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report.
  • Get copies of your medical records, and save all bills, invoices, and receipts.
  • Gather proof of income documents, such as paystubs or W-2s.
  • Obtain vehicle damage estimates and vehicle value information.
  • As you recover, keep a diary that includes all relevant information related to your accident and how your injuries are impacting your day-to-day life.

A Rhode Island car accident lawyer can provide the legal advice you need to prevent you from making critical mistakes early on in your case. Contact Bottaro Injury Lawyers today to discuss how we can help protect your rights after a crash.

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 party’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. This 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. This can have a significant effect on your compensable damages if you are found to be partially at fault for a car wreck. Under “modified” comparative fault rules, you can only recover damages in a car 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 our car accident law firm to discuss the specific facts of your case.

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

At Bottaro Injury Lawyers, 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 for a qualified car accident attorney in Rhode Island. That’s why we offer an exclusive No Fee Guarantee®: There is no charge to you until we 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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When you have been injured by a negligent or reckless driver in a car wreck, you deserve a trusted legal advocate who will fight for your rights and interests. Contact Bottaro Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation.