Rhode Island Pedestrian Accidents Attorney

Pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island, unfortunately, are not uncommon, and the consequences can range from minor to life-altering injuries. In such incidents, it is important to understand one’s legal rights and the remedies available. Rhode Island law provides pathways for injured pedestrians to seek compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This process often involves navigating complex legal frameworks and dealing with insurance companies, highlighting the importance of seeking a knowledgeable attorney. Whether through settlement negotiations or litigation, the goal is to ensure that the injured parties receive the fair compensation they deserve, reflecting the seriousness of their injuries and the impact on their lives. Palumbo Law can help you with your case if you or a loved one gets involved in a pedestrian accident.

Pedestrian injury laws and rules in Rhode Island emphasize shared responsibility between drivers and pedestrians to ensure safety. Both parties must adhere to traffic laws to avoid accidents and injuries. 

Specific Pedestrian Laws in Rhode Island

As in many places, pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island can occur due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, distracted driving, failure to yield the right of way, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, Rhode Island has specific laws designed to protect pedestrians, but pedestrians also have certain responsibilities as well.

  • Right of Way: Drivers are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked crosswalks and intersections.
  • Traffic Signals and Pedestrian Right of Way in Crosswalks: Pedestrians must obey traffic control signals. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks with no traffic signal, and drivers must yield. However, pedestrians should not suddenly step into the path of an oncoming vehicle​.
  • Outside Crosswalks: When crossing a street outside a crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles. Pedestrians should walk on sidewalks or, if unavailable, on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Sidewalks: Drivers exiting driveways or buildings must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks.
  • Pedestrian Signals: Pedestrians must follow pedestrian signals where they are available.
  • Nighttime Visibility: Pedestrians jogging or running from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise are required to wear reflective material visible from at least 500 feet away​ 

Legal Remedies for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Victims of pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island have several legal remedies available:

  • Personal Injury Claims: The most common remedy is filing a personal injury claim against the driver or other parties responsible for the accident. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Wrongful Death Claims: If a pedestrian accident results in a fatality, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death claim, which can provide compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress.
  • Insurance Claims: Rhode Island’s insurance laws may also provide compensation through personal injury protection (PIP) coverage or the at-fault driver’s insurance.

Factors Influencing Legal Outcomes In Pedestrian Accidents

Several factors can influence the legal outcomes of pedestrian accident cases in Rhode Island:

  • Comparative Negligence: Rhode Island follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule. If the pedestrian is found partially at fault, the compensation awarded can be reduced by the percentage of fault.
  • Statute of Limitations: In Rhode Island, individuals involved in a pedestrian accident must generally file a lawsuit three years from the date of the accident.
  • Evidence: The availability and quality of evidence (for example, witness statements and surveillance footage) can significantly impact the outcome of a case.

Contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney

Both pedestrians and drivers in Rhode Island must understand and abide by the laws to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, knowing one’s rights and responsibilities can significantly affect the outcome of any legal proceedings following an accident. Pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island can have devastating effects on individuals and their families. Understanding the state’s pedestrian laws and available legal remedies is essential for victims seeking justice and compensation. Given the complexities involved in pedestrian accident cases, victims or their families are often advised to seek a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.  Palumbo Law can help you navigate the legal system, represent your interests, and work to secure the maximum compensation possible. Contact our office for an initial consultation.