IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
The obvious conflict in motorcycle safety is this: The things that most help you protect yourself from injury are the very same things that inhibit your freedom of movement, which is the reason you are riding a motorcycle in the first place.
Protective clothing, helmets and style of riding are a matter of personal choice. The great sense of unencumbered freedom is heavily balanced with the greater risk of serious injury or death. Regardless of your style, it is imperative that you carry insurance, especially medical payments and uninsured / under-insured motorist protection.
Insurance law in Rhode Island is based on comparative fault, where liability for an accident is apportioned to the involved parties, relative to the amount of comparative negligence each has contributed. However, in a motorcycle accident, where injuries can be quite serious; even if the accident were 50% your fault, the 50% liability apportioned to the other driver would still result in a settlement to cover your damage, injuries, pain and suffering.
But nobody plans for a large insurance settlement precipitated by a traumatic accident. Driving extremely defensively should be your only concern. If tragedy ever does strike, allow an experienced personal injury lawyer to worry about issues of liability, comparative negligence, and how to maximize your claim.
Attorney James Donelan is very aware of the special problems and hassles that motorcyclists face on the road. He is quite experienced in handling personal injury claims for motorcyclists. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a motorcyclist, please call Attorney Jim Donelan at (401) 461-1500.
Jim Donelan handles motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents in the following Rhode Island areas: Barrington RI, Bristol RI, Burrillville RI, Central Falls RI, Charlestown RI, Coventry RI, Cranston RI, Cumberland RI, East Greenwich RI, East Providence RI, Exeter RI, Foster RI, Glocester RI, Hopkinton RI, Jamestown RI, Johnston RI, Lincoln RI, Little Compton RI, Middletown RI, Narragansett RI, New Shoreham RI and Block Island RI, Newport RI, North Kingstown RI, North Providence RI, North Smithfield RI, Pawtucket RI, Portsmouth RI, Providence RI, Richmond RI, Riverside RI, Scituate RI, South Kingtown RI, Tiverton RI, Wakefield RI, Warren RI, Warwick RI, West Greenwich RI, West Warwick RI, Westerly RI, Woonsocket RI, Kent County, Providence County, Washington County, and through out South County, Newport County, East Bay and West Bay.