Rhode Island Car Accidents Questions & Answers

Q: What are penalties for 31-26-5, accident resulting in damage to highway fixtures and 31-15-1, leaving lane of travel

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Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
The costs or replacing the damaged fixtures plus what the judge decides, following the statutes, after a hearing. Your own attorney is the best thing you could take with you to court for this type of scenario. (5) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

Q: Can you get off on good driving policy if you have a car accident on your driving record?

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Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
In the last three years, If you were not at fault, and were not given a citation for the accident, then it is hard to imagine how that could be a prior infraction. If you were at fault, and given a citation, then this is not within the purview of the good driver's statute.

Q: who has right of way?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
A lot depends on the positions of the cars and road markings. Most are marked either by signs or pavement markings showing which lane is the through lane and which lane is being shut down, as it were. Traffic on the main lane would have the right of way unless other vehicles were entering that lane in which case it should yield to traffic ahead.

Q: What happens if I decide not to go through with medical treatment that my settlement is supposed to cover?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
David Tapalian's answer
That's a good question. It could have negative implications for your health. In addition, it could affect your settlement. Furthermore if you wait too long to treat you may never be able to resume treatment.

Q: Is there legal ramifications for almost hitting a commercial truck and passing a red light?

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Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
I'm not clear as to what happened. If you weren't cited, then no legal ramnifications unless there was a crash. If the trucker saw you, and there was a collision it may or may not be his fault depending on who was where, though on balance insurance companies will look on you as at fault if you ran a red light (do not respond here or further discuss this on any social media).

However he may have had the "last clear chance." You need to speak with a member of the Rhode Island Assn for...

Q: Can a person file charges of an accident 3 years later ?

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Answered on Dec 9, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Depends on the issue. RI had a 3 year statute.That means before 3 years, not after. For property damage it may be longer. Also for uninsured motorist claims. Why not contact a member of the RI Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

Q: I live in RhodeIsland. I was driving unregistered and uninsured. It belonged to a family member. My car is now legal

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Bring that evidence with your to court. You may still have to pay some fines . . . but proof of resolving the problems can't hurt.

Q: hello my license is suspended for the unsatisfied judgement act I was wondering Wat I could do to help me straighten out

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Traffic Tickets and Collections for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an attorney. Be prepared to compensate them for the time it will take for them to research your case and advise you.

Q: my car was in an accident.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Oct 23, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Work with YOUR insurance company, they usually resolve the disputes betwixt themselves and the other motorist's insurance. If that is not an option, meet with an attorney. It may cost you a retainer to write some letters and start a dispute that may resolve the situation - or end up in litigation.

Q: My insurance company is trying to deny my claim saying I used my personal vehicle for business use.

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Answered on Sep 13, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
You tell them it wasn't a business trip, and if they think it was they can prove it. Tell them you regret that you will have to file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. Get an affidavit from the guy you were doing the favor for that he wasn't a customer, it was an act of charity, etc. They want to be pigs build evidence that makes them look swinish. But doing well is the best revenge so why not talk to a member of the Rhode Island Assn for Justice who handles bad faith claims--and if...

Q: Can my insurance deny my claim if I'm unemployed and was picking up a water heater for my father who runs a company?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 31, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
This sounds like a very fact specific claim/denial. Meet with an attorney who may be able to argue on your behalf.

Q: Is a shop responsible for damages to my vehicle

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Answered on Aug 4, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
You are entitled to the fair market value of your damaged property at the time it was totaled. You might be entitled to other damages, such as rental car coverage for a period of time. A local lawyer can confirm.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal...

Q: Do I have any recourse to pursue compensation for my vehicle?

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Answered on May 13, 2015
John M DeProspo's answer
It does not matter that your insurance expired. If the other vehicle is at fault and the owner has insurance, you can make a claim with that insurance company for your property damage.

Q: in an car accident do I have the right to know the worth of the other drivers insurance policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see a personal injury attorney and retain them to assist you. The attorney will explain the procedures and disclosures common to this type of case. Representing yourself in such a matter is not advised.

Q: I was injured in hit and run. Insurance says must file and use collision and medical portion and not uninsured portion.

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Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see a personal injury attorney and retain them to assist you.

Q: If you didn't have insurance at the time of an accident but was not at fault can you get fined for it? Got ins after

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 6, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Insurance is not usually retroactive. There are many factors that go into determining liability for accidents. I am not sure of your friend's role but it sounds like you could benefit from the services of an attorney to advise you of your rights and responsibilities after a confidential private meeting to review all of the particulars in your situation.

Q: What constitutes a "highway"

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 5, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-1/31-1-23.HTM

TITLE 31

Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-1

Definitions and General Code Provisions

SECTION 31-1-23

§ 31-1-23 Types of roads. – (a) "Bicycle lane" means a portion of highway right-of-way designated by the state and identified by official traffic control devices (pavement markings) for the exclusive use of bicyclists. The operation and parking of motor vehicles is...

Q: DO I HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANYONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD TO DRIVE MY CAR EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON HAS DRIVEN IT IN THE PAST

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 5, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
If it is your car elusively and you are the sole owner, you have the right to decide to whom you share your property with.

Q: hit by drunk driver with no insurance

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 15, 2014
Neville Bedford's answer
I recommend you consult with an attorney to review the particulars of your situation - in private- at no cost.

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