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Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer

At Tapalian Law, our personal injury professionals help people like you every day who have been hurt in auto accidents throughout Rhode Island. Following your accident, you likely feel overwhelmed, have questions about what steps to take next, and how to get the support you need. We can help. Attorney David Tapalian is a Rhode Island car accident lawyer dedicated to helping you get the answers you need and the compensation you deserve for your injuries, losses, and pain & suffering.

With an expertise in Rhode Island personal injury law for over two decades, Attorney Tapalian and his team of injury experts have the knowledge and determination to fight for rightful compensation for our clients who have suffered damages due to the negligence of another in all types of auto accidents. Our team will walk you through the process from start to finish and guide you each step of the way.

Car Accident

To begin, Tapalian Law offers a same-day, free consultation to discuss your legal rights and help you understand how we can assist you after you’ve been hurt in a car crash or other type of vehicle accident. If you’re injured and cannot come to us, we can visit you at your home or in the hospital.

Your free consultation has no-cost and no obligation; as a top-rated personal injury law firm, we are confident in our long history of successfully winning compensation for our clients and feel it’s important you feel completely comfortable and understand your legal rights so that you can make an informed decision when choosing a Rhode Island car accident attorney. In addition, our personal injury firm works on a contingency basis, which means there are no retainers or up-front costs for you. When you hire us, we don’t get paid until you win money for your case.

Why Should You Hire a Car Accident Attorney in Rhode Island After a Car Crash?

A study by the Insurance Research Council found that injury victims who hire an attorney receive 3.5 times, on average, the settlement amounts of those who do not have a lawyer representing them. Attorney Tapalian has helped thousands of clients successfully win compensation for their car accident injuries. Having practiced law throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over 20 years and as a graduate of Brown University in Providence, RI, and Roger Williams Law in Bristol, his keen knowledge of the complexities of Rhode Island personal injury law and dedication to his clients is proven. Here are a few examples of settlements won on behalf of our clients who were hurt in local motor vehicle accidents.

$250K- recovered on behalf our client, a driver outsourced to handle packages for Amazon. While delivering packages in Northern RI, his van was struck with such great force as to bend his bumper and detach it from his vehicle. The impact of the collision left him with significant spine and shoulder injuries requiring surgery.

$300K- recovered for our client, a victim of a dangerous motorcycle accident that occurred in Providence. Riding his motorcycle on a straight road, our driver was hit by a motor vehicle operator who negligently took a left hand turn in front of the motorcycle causing a serious collision. Our client suffered injuries to his shoulder and knee, and multiple lacerations over his body. Surgery was required and while the procedure was successful, residual pain and significant keloid scarring remains.

$135K- settlement recovered for our client, a passenger in a car involved in a vehicle accident on Mendon Road in Cumberland. On a stretch of road notorious for collisions, a distracted driver slammed into the front passenger side of the car in which our client was riding with great impact. Our client suffered injuries to her spine, hip, and back. Despite numerous orthopedic and chiropractic treatments, pain still resides. Due to her type of injuries, she is not considered a good candidate for surgery and must continue long term alternative treatments to alleviate pain.

Skilled Legal Representation After Your Auto Accident is a Must

It’s critical to have skilled legal representation after a motor vehicle accident because you’re in a legal fight with an insurance company that has a team of lawyers protecting the corporation’s interests. Without proper legal representation on your side, how is this a fair fight? It’s not. You need a car accident lawyer in Rhode Island who will protect your rights and fight back against big insurance companies. At Tapalian Law, we fight this battle every day to protect our clients and we can put our experience to work for you.

Rhode Island Traffic Accident Statistics

According to Forbes Advisor, the Ocean State is considered one of the safer states to drive in (based on traffic accident fatalities per capita reported by NHTSA), but fares poorly when it comes to crashes involving impaired drivers. Traffic fatalities in Rhode Island are primarily a result of drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding. A few facts from the most recent Rhode Island Department of Transportation Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

  • Top causes of RI traffic fatalities: drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding
  • Approximately 1/2 of deadly crashes in RI occur on interstates, freeways, or major arteries
  • 81% of traffic fatalities in RI occur in urban areas
  • Majority of crashes in RI occur in Providence County, followed by Kent County

Some of the most critical and life-threatening injuries result from auto accidents that occur on highways, primarily due to high rates of speed and congestion. Major roadways susceptible to auto accidents in Rhode Island include: Interstate 95, Interstate 295, Interstate 195, with these exits along I-95 prone to frequent crashes:

  • Exit 42 A/B- Broadway/Cottage St. Pawtucket (formerly Exit 29)
  • Exit 35 - Rte 1A/Thurbers Ave. Providence (formerly Exit 18)
  • Exit 37 – Downtown/Memorial Blvd. Providence (formerly Exit 22A)

Accidents can, and do, happen anywhere. In a matter of seconds, they can up-end your life and the lives of your loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to choose the best car accident attorney for your Rhode Island accident claim. Tapalian Law will fight aggressively for your legal rights, ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies, and get rightful compensation for your losses.

Next Steps to Take: What to Do After an Auto Accident

There are some key things to do after a car accident, and our legal team can advise you exactly what steps to take next. Contact Tapalian Law for your free consultation and that same-day, our team will assess your accident claim by examining the encompassing facts and determining liability. Then, we will create a plan to make certain you have the strongest case possible. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be reimbursed for medical bills, property damage (like fixing your car), lost wages, and pain & suffering. If fault is shared by both parties, you may still be reimbursed for a portion of your damages.

Don’t Sign Anything Until Speaking With an Experienced Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer

Car AccidentAfter your motor vehicle collision, you will likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster pretending to act on your behalf in this matter. It’s essential to keep in mind that the adjuster works for the insurance company that provides coverage for the person responsible for the accident, and they are responsible for reimbursing you for your damages.

Remember, an insurance company makes their money by collecting premiums, not by paying out settlement claims. Therefore, they are going to offer you as little as possible to see if you’ll take the bait and settle for less than you deserve. Don’t do it. Don’t sign anything before you talk to an experienced attorney.

Proof of Injury is Essential in a Car Accident Claim

DoctorEstablishing proof in your RI car accident case is a critical step. Your legal team will establish witnesses, consult with police officers, and if need be, obtain accident reconstruction experts. After liability has been determined in a car accident case, the next stage is to demonstrate proof of, explain, and measure the significance of the personal injuries incurred. Our personal injury law firm has extensive contacts in the medical community to assist our clients in documenting the gravity of the injuries occurring from their car crash. Even a seemingly simple auto accident injury claim can become complex quickly. Rather than risk making a mistake that could hurt your chance at recovering compensation, put our legal experts to work for you.

When an accident occurs, it’s essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and file a lawsuit before the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. If you or a loved one has been injured, don’t delay. We will help you understand your rights and obligations under the law and there is never a fee or cost to you unless we are successful. Contact a Car Accident Attorney in Rhode Island at Tapalian Law for a free legal consultation concerning your auto accident and let us begin helping you today!

What Should I Do if I’m Hurt in a Car Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your first step is to seek immediate medical help. No matter how minor your injuries seem at the time, seek a qualified medical opinion right away. Oftentimes, injuries go unnoticed and serious health issues manifest at a later date. Delaying medical treatment can also negatively affect the value of a potential personal injury claim.

Contact a knowledgeable injury lawyer experienced with car accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to protect your legal rights. Don’t speak to the other person’s insurance company until you’ve sought out expert legal advice from a qualified source like Tapalian Law. Attorney Tapalian will advise you what steps to take next and guide you throughout the duration of your car accident claim to seek maximum compensation for your injuries.

What is My Car Accident or Injury Claim Worth?

Compensation is different for every accident or injury claim and there are a number of factors that affect your case value. In order to properly evaluate your claim, it’s important that you follow the treatment protocol suggested by your medical providers. Some of the variables involved in determining the monetary value of your case are:

  • Percentage of fault, if any
  • Lost income or lost earning capacity
  • Loss of future earnings due to some type of permanent impairment
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering due to your injuries
  • Any type of permanent scarring
  • Post-traumatic stress due to the accident

For the great majority of auto accident claims, we are only able to apprise you of monetary value once your treatment is concluded. Generally speaking, the more extensive your treatment, the greater the value of your claim. Typically, the greater your compensatory damages, the greater amount you will be entitled to recover for your personal injury claim. In other types of cases involving significantly severe injuries or death, we are able to give you a better estimation of compensation upfront. Contact us for a free case evaluation.

How Does a Car Accident Claim Work?

With the majority of car accident claims, there are two aspects- a property damage claim and a personal injuries claim. As a personal injury lawyer in Providence Rhode Island, Attorney David Tapalian will handle all aspects of your car accident claim. Often times the property damage aspect is the most frustrating part for a client, but Tapalian Law will work on your behalf to achieve maximum compensation for your motor vehicle damage, prompt repairs as needed, and get you placed into a rental car right away. Using all legal means necessary, including arbitration and civil litigation, we will achieve maximum compensation for your property damage claim.

The second aspect of your car accident claim is for your bodily injuries. With a vast network of some of the most well-respected medical providers throughout RI and MA, Tapalian Law can help you to receive prompt, compassionate and competent care for all of your medical needs. Not only will these medical providers provide quality medical treatment, they may serve as medical experts throughout your car accident claim if necessary. Once you are done treating and have reached what is called maximum medical improvement, Attorney Tapalian will finalize your accident case to achieve maximum compensation. Over 90% of our cases settle without arbitration or litigation. However, if these methods are necessary, Tapalian Law will be with you throughout the process.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Car Accident Injury Claim?

Insurance companies are always happy when an accident victim doesn’t have an attorney on their side. This means there’s no threat of arbitration or litigation, and they will be able to settle the car accident case for a lot less money. If you are hurt in a motor vehicle accident in Rhode Island, it’s essential to have a competent personal injury lawyer to represent you against the insurance companies. If you are hurt and proceed without legal representation, any and all statements you make to the insurance adjuster or representative can be used against you, and you will likely be offered much less compensation for your personal injury and property damage claims. A top-rated injury attorney in RI with over 20 years of experience, David Tapalian knows the insurance companies and the insurance companies know that they will have to offer fair compensation for the claim before Tapalian Law will settle. Attorney Tapalian will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company and strengthen your claim with supporting documentation as applicable for your lost wages, lost earning capacity, post-traumatic stress, pain-and-suffering, and other compensatory damages. There is never a fee to hire Tapalian Law as your personal injury attorney and we only get paid when you win money for your car accident case.

Why Should I Choose Tapalian Law for My Car Accident Case?

A life-long resident of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Attorney David Tapalian has been helping car accident victims in RI and MA for over 20 years. As a graduate of Brown University in Providence, David is very familiar with the network of attorneys and medical professionals in Rhode Island, which is important as you need someone on your side who understands the local legal community and can help you find the best medical experts for your case.

At Tapalian Law, we understand being injured is a stressful time so we make working with us easy by offering around the clock contact by phone, text, or email, and an easily accessible location in the heart of downtown Providence, with free and easy parking. As a local personal injury law firm, you will meet directly with Attorney Tapalian and work with him throughout the duration of your case. He and his dedicated personal injury team will work diligently on your car accident claim until we are confident you have received fair compensation for your losses, including personal injury and property damage. Our consultation is always free and there is never a fee until we win your case.

Client Reviews
He took care of everything and kept me updated as well. It was such a smooth process and in the end I won my case. I would highly recommend David Tapalian! Patrice F.
When I contacted David Tapalian, Attorney & Counselor at Law, all my worries were immediately alleviated. He handled my case from beginning to end and kept me updated every step of the way. Susie M.
I visited David a couple of days after my accident and he gave me clear and concise details on what would happen throughout the process... David N.