How Can a Rhode Island Truck Accident Attorney Help You?
As your Rhode Island truck accident lawyers, we advocate for you from the moment you become our client. Our decades of collective experience as a Rhode Island truck accident law firm have given us the qualified expertise to provide thoughtful legal advice tailored to your situation.
Although each decision in the case is yours, we provide the insight you need to make the right choices for you and your family.
1. Preparing a Case Against the Other Party or Parties
Our first step is collecting vital evidence against the defendant(s) in your case, including:
- Photos and video of the accident or crash scene
- The police officer’s crash report
- Witness statements
- Your medical records
We also may ask you to keep a daily log of your pain levels and how your injuries affect your daily life, like taking care of your family and going to work. This is part of our evidence for pain and suffering damages.
We may also use expert witnesses to reconstruct the crash for a jury or provide a qualified second medical opinion about the extent of your injuries and your chances for recovery.
2. Dealing with the Insurance Company for You
Although your insurance policy may require you to report the accident, you are under no obligation to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. In fact, it’s usually better to refer all communication from the defendant, their lawyer, and the insurance company directly to your Rhode Island truck accident law firm.
We ensure that nothing you say can be misconstrued by the truck driver’s or trucking company’s insurance company as an admission of fault.
3. Negotiating a Fair Settlement
Our legal team is comprised of skilled negotiators. We represent you in structured mediation to negotiate a fair settlement, which is almost always higher than you would be able to achieve on your own.
4. Working with a Third-Party Arbitrator
If we cannot reach a reasonable settlement, our preferred course of action is to work with a neutral party in arbitration to reach a fair, binding settlement. By choosing this path, you ensure that someone takes an objective look at your case — outside the influence of the other party’s insurer.
5. Representing You at Trial
If we cannot reach a settlement acceptable for your losses in mediation or arbitration, we will take your case to trial. Our Rhode Island truck accident lawyers have litigated many commercial truck-driving accident cases, and we understand the complexities of these kinds of cases.
Truck accident cases may be more likely to have punitive damages assessed against one or more of the defendants than other vehicle accident cases.
Punitive damages are financial punishment in cases where a defendant acts with willful disregard for the safety of others, like a trucking company that hires a driver with a history of DUIs or a carrier that encourages drivers to drive longer hours for faster delivery times.
Part of our legal services includes determining when punitive damages are necessary and building the case for them.