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Have you or someone you love been injured in a pedestrian accident in Rhode Island?  If so, you are likely worried about receiving the necessary medical care to fully heal your physical injuries and worried about being able to pay your medical bills and cover your other financial costs.  Our team of aggressive Rhode Island pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to advocate for you and help you recover the compensation you deserve from those responsible for the accident and your injuries. 

 

We stand ready to fight for the money you need and deserve.  Contact the experienced Rhode Island pedestrian accident attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. to find out how we can help.  Call to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation today.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 to take your call.

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LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR INJURED PEDESTRIANS THROUGHOUT RHODE ISLAND

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What should you do if you are hit by a vehicle?

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CALL 9-1-1

If you are able to do so, immediately call 9-1-1, or indicate to either the driver or others that they need to do so.  The vast majority of pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries.  Even if you feel you are able to get up and walk away, it is important that you have experienced medical personnel examine you immediately.  Ask the police to create an accident report for the incident.

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COLLECT INFORMATION

Once you have been evaluated by on-scene medical personnel, make sure you collect the information from the other driver including their name, phone number, insurance information, and their license plate number.  If possible, use your phone to take pictures of the scene including the location of the collision, damage to the vehicles and any injuries you have.

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CALL OUR LAW FIRM BEFORE YOU TALK TO INSURERS

It is important to remember that the driver’s insurance company and their adjusters are not working in your interest – no matter how concerned they seem over the phone.  Their goal is to limit their liability and thereby limit your compensation so they will investigate the accident looking for factors that may limit the responsibility of their driver. We always recommend that you call our skilled Rhode Island pedestrian accident attorneys for a no obligation consultation.  With our experience we can deal with the driver’s insurance company with a goal towards getting you maximum compensation.

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS PROVIDING LEGAL HELP FOR INJURED PEDESTRIANS IN RHODE ISLAND

When you are a pedestrian you are defenseless to protect yourself from serious injury in an accident.  When you are a pedestrian you are sharing the road with speeding heavy motor vehicles and hoping that drivers take appropriate care to ensure your safety.  It only takes a second for a driver to do something that puts you at risk: reading a text message, not checking before reversing, or speeding around a corner.

 

Unfortunately, recently there has been an alarming and unprecedented increase in pedestrian accident deaths.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data showed a general decline in the number of pedestrian fatalities from 1994 through 2009.   Since 2009 however, pedestrian fatalities have trended up sharply.  In 2005, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 10.9% of all traffic fatalities but in 2018 pedestrians accounted for 17.2% of all traffic deaths.  In 2017, alcohol impairment was a factor in 41% of all pedestrian fatalities accounting for 2,368 deaths nationwide.

According to the national Governors Highway Safety Association there were an estimated 6,227 pedestrian accident deaths in 2018.  In Rhode Island 7 pedestrians were killed in 2018 down from a high of 20 in 2017.

PEDESTRIAN INJURY STATISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES

According to the NHTSA, in 2018 approximately 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. This was an increase of 3.4 percent from 2017 and equates to a pedestrian fatality taking place less than every eighty-eight minutes in the United States, and a pedestrian injury every eight minutes.

SHOULD I HIRE A LOCAL RHODE ISLAND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER?

When you are injured in an accident and someone else is to blame you have the legal right to demand rightful compensation.  But you also need to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.  It can be difficult to work through the healing process while trying to navigate a lawsuit on your own.

 

Personal injury cases, especially pedestrian accident cases, can be complicated and should be handled by an experienced and skilled team of attorneys.  Obtaining legal representation can give you the time you need to heal physically and emotionally while still ensuring that you will be able to receive just legal compensation for your losses.

WHAT EVIDENCE MIGHT HELP MY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?

Every pedestrian accident case is unique.  Evidence that may be important for one claim might not be for another claim.  Therefore, it is vitally important to seek the counsel of a local Rhode Island pedestrian accident lawyer for guidance about the best way to investigate and handle the particular facts of your case.

 

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., we can tailor our legal strategy to the individual nature of each Rhode Island pedestrian accident claim.  Using our experience we will be able to conduct an investigation to obtain time-sensitive evidence and bring in necessary expert testimony and file motions and subpoenas to compel disclosure of evidence that is being withheld.

 

Some examples of evidence that might be useful to your pedestrian accident case include the following:

IMPORTANT EVIDENCE IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT

Police Report: Rhode Island law requires a car accident to be reported if it results in the bodily injury or death of any person or it results in damage to property in excess of $1,000. (Rhode Island General Law 31-26-3.2).  The accident report should include details about the cause of the crash, any injuries suffered, and possibly witness statements.

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Chemical Test Results:  Alcohol is a large contributing factor in a high percentage of pedestrian accidents.  If the driver that hit you was impaired, the chemical test results can be used to prove negligence and liability.

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Cell Phone Records: One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents in 2020 is distracted driving.  In most cases, cell phone providers will not voluntarily provide those records and our experienced attorneys will not hesitate to file a subpoena to obtain the driver’s cell phone records if they will contribute important evidence to your claim.

3.

Surveillance Footage:  If your accident happened in front of a business, it might have been caught on surveillance video.  If there is a dispute about who was at fault, the surveillance video footage might be critical evidence.

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Eyewitness Testimony: Our investigation will include speaking with all eyewitnesses and asking them to provide testimony if it is helpful to the case.

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Expert Witness Testimony: Injuries from pedestrian accidents can be very serious and it is common for the testimony of medical and economic experts to testify in the proceedings.  This testimony can be used to prove the severity of the injuries and the total value of any future medical bills and lost career earnings.

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Photos of Property Damage, Skid Marks, and Injuries: Photographs of property damage, skid marks, and injuries can be used to prove negligence and contradict the other side’s assertions about fault in the accident.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Rhode Island?

Personal injury cases, including pedestrian accident cases, must be brought within a specific time period so it is important to contact us as soon as possible so we can ensure your case gets the attention it requires in a timely manner.  Rhode Island law gives the injured pedestrian three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY RECOVER IN A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT?

As we will explain in more detail below, you are more likely to suffer serious injuries when you are a pedestrian.  Your recovery from those injuries can seem overwhelming and difficult.  Treatment may require extensive medical care and lengthy rehabilitation.  This can often result in medical bills totaling tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

Your injuries, treatment, and rehabilitation may limit your ability to continue working.  With no income, the total financial costs of a pedestrian accident can be daunting.  At Marin and Barret, Inc., we stand ready to help you recover the financial compensation to which you are entitled.   Due to the high financial costs of a pedestrian accident, it is vitally important that you recover the money you deserve after an accident.  At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our personal injury attorneys can help make sure you are fully and fairly compensated.

COMPENSATION FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURIES​

  • Medical Bills

  • Permanent Injury or Disability

  • Nursing Care

  • Property Damage

  • Lost Wages and Loss of Career Earning Potential

  • Reduced Earning Capacity

  • Disability

  • Pain and Suffering

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Emotional Distress

  • Scarring and Disfigurement

  • Loss of a Limb

  • Loss of Consortium, and

  • Wrongful Death

 

CAN I RECOVER IF I WAS ALSO AT FAULT IN MY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?

Were you partially at fault in causing your pedestrian accident or injury?  If so, don’t worry.  You are still entitled to a financial recovery as long as someone else also shares blame in causing the accident. According to Rhode Island General Law Section 9-20-4, the amount of your recovery will be reduced by your proportional share in the fault. 

WHAT ARE COMMON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURIES IN RHODE ISLAND?

Unlike passengers in large vehicles who get the benefit of the steel structure, pedestrians have little protections from serious injury in the event of an accident.  This lack of protection from serious injury is why pedestrians involved in a car crash are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than passenger vehicle occupants.

Fortunately, most pedestrian accidents are not fatal accidents.  Some of the most commonly reported pedestrian accident injuries include the following:

 

  • Broken Bones

  • Soft Tissue Injury

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Spine Injury

  • Thoracic Injury

  • Herniated Disc

  • Eye Injury

  • Amputation

  • Paralysis

  • Death

Contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. if you have suffered injuries after a pedestrian accident in Rhode Island.  We can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

TYPES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS OUR RHODE ISLAND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS HANDLE

The Rhode Island roadways are only safe if all involved obey the traffic laws and walk signals.  They become dangerous when individuals break the rules, fail to pay proper attention to the road, or fail to properly yield the right-of-way.  Far and away the number one cause of serious pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island is negligence.  The most common causes of these accidents include:

 

  • Distracted driving accidents involving pedestrians

  • Accidents involving drivers who were speeding

  • Injuries to pedestrians who were jaywalking

  • Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians

  • Injuries to child pedestrians

  • Aggressive drivers injuring pedestrians

  • Alcohol-related pedestrian accidents

  • Failure to yield the right-of-way accidents

  • Pedestrian accidents involving 18-wheelers, scooters, and government vehicles

  • Pedestrian accidents resulting in catastrophic Injury

  • Pedestrian accident wrongful death claims

  • Poorly designed intersections resulting in pedestrian accidents

  • Large cars and SUV pedestrian accidents

 

A skilled Rhode Island personal injury lawyer can investigate your pedestrian accident and find out its probable cause and identify the at-fault party or parties.  Even if you feel you were partly responsible, do not give up hope.  Rhode Island law follows a pure comparative fault system.  This means that if you were the victim in a pedestrian accident, you can recover a certain amount of compensation for your injuries even though you were negligent in some way.

 
 
 
 

Rhode Island Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Rhode Island has done an admirable job of reducing pedestrian accident deaths over the past ten years.  However, each year anywhere between 5 and 20 individuals are killed in pedestrian accidents throughout the State.

 

According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, Rhode Island has one of the lowest pedestrian traffic fatality rates in the nation.  However, nationwide pedestrian deaths continue to increase at an estimated rate of 4 percent, fatal pedestrian crashes have been dropping substantially in Rhode Island in recent years.

2016 - 14 Pedestrian Fatalities

2017 - 21 Pedestrian Fatalities

2018 -  7 Pedestrian Fatalities 

2019 -  5 Pedestrian Fatalities 

Although the number of pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island continues to drop, even one fatality is tragic.  If you have had a loved one killed in a Rhode Island pedestrian accident, call the attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. for outstanding legal representation.

 

Rhode Island is Home to Some of New England's Most Dangerous Intersections

According to recent statistics, intersections are involved in approximately 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.  This percentage increases substantially when accidents involve pedestrians.  A recent report by GoLocalProv found that Rhode Island was home to 10 of New England’s most dangerous intersections.  These intersections are:

  • Exit 9 on I-295 and Route 146 in Lincoln, RI

  • Route 37 and US Route 1 (Post Road) in Warwick, RI

  • Route 146 and Sayles Hill Road in North Smithfield, RI

  • I-95 at Exit 14 and Route 37 in Warwick, RI

  • I-295 at Exit 6 and US Route 6 in Johnston, RI

  • RI 2 (Reservoir Ave) and RI 12 (Park Ave) in Cranston, RI

  • RI 138 (Spring Street) and Wincheck Pond Road to Soap House Lane in Hopkinton, RI

  • US Post Road and Kings Factor Road to RI 216 (Ross Hill Rd) in Charlestown, RI

  • I-95 at Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue Curve) in Providence, RI

  • I-95 at Exit 29 (US 1 / Broadway / Cottage Street) in Pawtucket, RI

HOW CAN YOU AVOID A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?

Pedestrians who commute in areas without proper sidewalks are at an increased risk of death or injury.  When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should stay on the shoulder and should walk facing or against traffic, rather than with the flow of traffic.  This allows the pedestrian better visibility and the ability to see oncoming cars and traffic conditions so that they can move out of the way, if necessary.  Pedestrians should practice safe habits by always:

  • Wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially at night

  • Using only designated crosswalks

  • Staying on the sidewalk when possible

  • Carrying a flashlight

  • Following all applicable traffic signs and signals

RHODE ISLAND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS:  CALL US FOR LEGAL ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION ON YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE

Hundreds of pedestrians are injured in Rhode Island every year.  If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages.  The money you recover can help to cover expensive medical bills, make up for lost income while you recover from your injuries, and compensate you for the emotional stress of the accident and your injuries.

 

Drivers responsible for causing injuries to pedestrians will likely have to provide payment under their auto insurance policies.  Additionally, injured pedestrians may be able to obtain additional compensation under their own auto insurance policies.  Even if the driver that hit you or your loved one has been cited with a moving violation or drunk driving charges, you may be able to take additional legal action against them.  Our team of R.I. pedestrian accident lawyers can help.

 

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our team of Rhode Island pedestrian accident lawyers have seen first-hand how an accident can turn your life upside-down.  We’re here to help you assert your legal rights and recover the money you deserve.  Call us 24/7 at 401-228-8271 for a free, no obligation case review and consultation from skilled Providence pedestrian accident attorneys.

To Learn More About Your Rights and Receive a Free Initial Consultation from local Rhode Island Pedestrian Accident Attorneys, Contact us 24/7 at 401-228-8271

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