Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Providence, RI
Pedestrian accidents are an all-too-common occurrence on roads and streets in Providence, Rhode Island, and across the country. In fact, the CDC reports that every year, approximately 100,000 pedestrians visit emergency rooms for crash-related injuries, and another 7,000 lose their lives. You deserve to pursue financial recovery and justice from the negligent driver who hit you. Mike and his team at Bottaro Law want to help you maximize your compensation.
Our firm is committed to helping people like you stand up to the big insurers and demand what’s right. We know that immediate action can help you get legal relief more quickly, which is why we’re available to talk 24/7. We also know that cost is too often a concern for people who need legal representation, so we offer our exclusive “No Fee Guarantee.” We will not charge you a fee unless and until we recover compensation for you in a settlement or at trial.
Are you ready to demand the money you need for your medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses? Contact Bottaro Law today for a free consultation with an experienced, compassionate pedestrian accident lawyer in Providence, RI.
Why You Need Our Providence Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you were hit by a negligent motorist while on foot, turn to a Providence pedestrian accident attorney from Bottaro Law to prepare and pursue the strongest case for compensation. Mike and his team are ready to assist you by:
- Investigating the accident to secure evidence we can use to build your legal case
- Identifying all potentially liable parties and sources of compensation, including applicable insurance coverages
- Calculating your past, ongoing, and future expenses and financial losses to make sure we pursue compensation that will make you whole
- Communicating with medical providers, insurance adjusters, and defense attorneys on your behalf to let you focus on your physical and emotional recovery
- Drafting and filing insurance claims and demand letters to begin pursuing the financial resources you need for your recovery
- Aggressively negotiating for a full settlement of your claims
- Taking your case to court and trial when necessary to demand maximum compensation for you
Types of Pedestrian Accidents in Providence, RI
Some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents in Providence include:
- Backing up accidents in driveways, parking lots, and parking garages
- Crosswalk and intersection accidents
- Turning-vehicle accidents caused by motorists who fail to yield for pedestrians when required
- Distracted driving accidents
- Multiple-threat accidents that occur when one driver stops to let a pedestrian cross but other drivers do not
- Trapped accidents that involve a pedestrian getting “trapped” in the crosswalk or intersection when traffic signals change
- Bus passenger accidents that occur when a pedestrian gets hit by another driver while boarding or exiting a transit or school bus
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Providence, RI
Pedestrian accidents commonly occur due to a motorist’s negligence and failure to share the road safely with walkers, often involving:
- Reckless driving, including driving too fast for conditions, racing, or swerving around traffic
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to yield the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections
- Turning without signaling or checking mirrors for oncoming pedestrians
- Backing up without checking mirrors or turning to look for pedestrians
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
- Inadequate tire or brake maintenance that increases a vehicle’s stopping distance or leads to a tire or brake failure
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians often suffer severe injuries when hit by motor vehicles due to their lack of protection. A Providence pedestrian accident lawyer from Bottaro Law can pursue the compensation you deserve for injuries such as:
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Road rash
- Degloving injuries
- Crush injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Broken bones
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle or tendon strains and tears
- Nerve damage
- Herniated spinal discs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Facial injuries
- Head injuries, including vision or hearing loss
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputation and limb loss
Compensation for Victims of Providence Pedestrian Accidents
You deserve compensation for the financial consequences you have endured and will endure in the future due to the injuries a careless motorist caused you. Turn to Bottaro Law for help maximizing your financial recovery, including for the following:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses, including hospital care, surgery, prescriptions, medical and mobility equipment, and physical and occupational therapy
- Costs of long-term care and support for permanent disabilities that affect your ability to perform daily tasks
- Loss of income for missing time from work or suffering a reduction in income while on part-time/modified duty
- Loss of future earning capacity and benefits if you become permanently disabled from your job or other kinds of work
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced enjoyment and quality of life due to disabilities
- Visible scarring and disfigurement
Rhode Island Pedestrian Laws
Important laws in Rhode Island to protect pedestrian safety include:
- §31-18-3 – Drivers must yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the road in a crosswalk.
- §31-18-4 – Motorists may not overtake and pass a vehicle stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross at a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
- §31-18-5 – Pedestrians crossing the road other than at a crosswalk or intersection must yield the right-of-way to vehicles.
- §31-18-8 – Drivers must exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or bicyclist on the road, give audible signals when necessary, and take adequate precautions when encountering a child or visibly confused, intoxicated, or incapacitated person.
- §31-18-11 – When walking, jogging, or running on a road without a sidewalk, pedestrians shall stay on the left side of the road or the left shoulder facing traffic approaching from the opposite direction. Pedestrians should wear reflective materials when jogging or running between 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
- §31-18-14 – Motorists must come to a full stop when encountering a pedestrian crossing the street with the assistance of a seeing-eye or hearing-ear dog or a cane/walking stick.
- §31-18-18 – Drivers must yield to pedestrians when their vehicles cross a sidewalk.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Providence Today
Contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Providence, RI, from Bottaro Law to learn about your legal options for financial recovery after a pedestrian crash. Consultations are free and come with no obligation, so there’s no risk in talking with a compassionate lawyer today.