Car Accidents in Rhode Island

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It would be hard today imagining life without the car. Since the invention of the first steam powered automobile in 1769, the car has made its way into every facet of modern society. We depend on gasoline-powered engines to the point that now 253 million cars and trucks are on U.S. roads to date. With this many cars and trucks on the road , accidents are a pretty common occurrence. Accidents are also a regular occurrence in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. If you were injured in a Rhode Island car crash or RI automobile wreck, then it is important that you retain a top-notch Rhode Island car accident lawyer or a Providence vehicular collision lawyer.

In fact according to the National Safety Council’s 2009 estimate 27,000 accidents happen every day. That is equal to 10 million auto accidents each year. Accidents range from minor finder benders to fatal accidents. Thank goodness that even with such a high number of accidents only 0.3 percent of accidents end up as fatal.

If your family member, spouse child or loved one was  involved  in a a deadly motor vehicle accident in Rhode Island then the family acting through a wrongful death attorney in RI, representing the executor of the estate, should file a RI wrongful death cause of action in the appropriate court.

World wide 1.3 million people are involved in fatal auto accidents each year. Of the 1.3 million fatal accidents, 37,000 of those fatalities happen in the U.S. (a rather small amount in comparison). http://asirt.org/Initiatives/Informing-Road-Users/Road-Safety-Facts/Road-Crash-Statistics

The largest number of fatalities stemming from auto accidents happen in countries with poor economies. This fact is even more surprising when you weigh in the fact only half of the world cars belong to these countries. Poor road conditions, and relaxed traffic laws in those countries may play a major role in so many fatalities.

“1. If you are injured in a RI Auto accident, you need to obtain medical treatment. If you neglect treatment for your injury you will not be properly compensated by the Insurance Company.  If you do not leave the scene of the accident by ambulance than set an immediate appointment with your primary care doctor or go to an “Urgent Care Facility.” Your Physician may refer you to a specialist. Some specialists require a referral from a primary care physician. 2. You are legally required to notify the local police of the accident. Pursuant to Rhode Island law, the police must be informed of nearly all car, motor vehicle and motorcycle crashes.” http://www.ripersonalinjurylawyer.com/2013/07/10/10-car-accident-tips-by-a-providence-personal-injury-attorney/

According to a 2006 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the NHTS), motor fatalities occur at a higher rate for males than females in all age groups despite males comprising less of the world’s population than females (guess you go throw the “bad women drivers” stereotype out the window).

“In 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States—the lowest number of fatalities since 1949 (30,246 fatalities in 1949) (see Figure 1). This was a 2.9-percent decline in the number of people killed, from 33,883 in 2009, according to NHTSA’s 2010 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). In 2010, an estimated 2.24 million people were  injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, compared to 2.22 million in 2009 according to NHTSA’s National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) GeneralEstimates System (GES). This slight increase (1.0% increase) in the estimated number of people injured is not statistically significant from the number of people injured in crashes in 2009.” http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf

 

Some states such as Rhode Island  determine  accidents based on a fault  system. Insurance companies attempt to determine if the driver was comparatively negligent in order to access a degree of fault to the driver. Often this is where disagreements between the claimant and insurance companies occur resulting in the need to file litigation.

According to wikipedia: “A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accidentmotor vehicle collisionmotor vehicle accidentcar accidentautomobile accidentroad traffic collisionroad traffic accidentwreck (USA), car crash, or car smash (Australian) occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death, vehicle damage, and property damage.A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision, including vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, driver skill and/or impairment, and driver behavior. Worldwide, motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_collision

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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