Rhode Island Injured Car Passengers Lawyer
Providence Injured Car Accident Attorney
The amount an injured passenger can recover in car accidents is not determined by the fault of either driver in an accident. As such, injured passengers can seek damages from the driver of their car and the vehicle that was involved in the accident with them. Consequently, injured passengers can collect 100% of their damages, regardless of whether or not the driver they were with was partially or totally at fault. Since Rhode Island is a pure comparative negligence state, a driver can recover compensation for their losses in a car accident even if they are deemed 99% at fault. However, the amount of compensation a driver is eligible to receive will be reduced by the percentage of their fault. For example, if a driver suffers losses equal to $100,000 but is judged 60% at fault, he can only recover $40,000 in damages. In the case of injured passengers, however, the principle of pure comparative negligence does not apply. As an injured party in an accident, passengers can recover damages from any at-fault driver involved in an accident up to 100% of their losses.
Injured as a passenger in a car accident? Contact Rhode Island car accident attorney Richard C. Tallo today to schedule a free consultation.
At the Law Offices of Richard C. Tallo, I help passengers injured in car accidents recover financial compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If necessary, I consult accident investigators in order to determine how many drivers were at fault in causing my client’s injuries. If you’ve sustained injuries as a passenger in a car wreck, I can review your case and explain the options available to you.
Injuries Suffered by Passengers in Car Accidents
I represent people injured as passengers in car, truck, and bus accidents involving the following kinds of injuries:
- Head trauma — severe concussion, cracked skull
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries — paraplegia, quadriplegia, crushed vertebrae
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
When an Insurance Claims Adjuster Calls
Insurance companies are in business to make money. As a result, they have a financial incentive to avoid paying anymore than they absolutely have to in claims. Toward that end, it’s not unusual for claims adjusters to call people injured as passengers in car accidents in order to gather information or try to settle a claim quickly. However, it may be weeks or months before the full effect of a head or neck injury is known. If you agree to an early settlement you not only relinquish your right to seek additional damages later, but may find the amount offered is not, in the end, enough to cover all of your costs.
For these reasons, it’s important to work with an experienced car accident attorney who can protect and assert your rights and interests. Once you hire me to represent you, insurers are required to contact me and leave you alone. If you are entitled to work or medical benefits through your employer or your own insurer, my office can take steps to ensure these benefits are activated so an early settlement isn’t such a necessity.
Contact Rhode Island Injured Car Passenger Attorney Richard Tallo
Even if one of the drivers involved in your accident wasn’t insured, there are legal avenues for recovering compensation to cover your injuries. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact Rhode Island injured car passenger attorney Richard C. Tallo today.