The most common type of Vehicular collision in Rhode Island causing Injury and property damage is a rear end motor vehicle crash. If a person is injured in a RI Auto accident then they should quickly consult with a Rhode Island auto accident attorney. These types of motor vehicle crashes have literally hundreds of different causes. Causes include inattentive or careless driving, texting while driving, speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, weather conditions (ice /snow/sleet or rain) and mechanical failure such as defective breaks.
A rear end car crash is easier to determine liability and causation then other types of providence automobile collisions such as t-bone (broadside accidents), single car crashes, multi-vehicle wrecks etc.
Liability for Rear end car, motorcycle, truck and motor vehicle collisions in Rhode Island
If a motor vehicle hits another car from behind in Rhode Island, “a prima facie case of negligence against the driver of the car in the rear is established * * *.” Maglioli v. J.P. Noonan Transportation, Inc., 869 A.2d 71, 75 (R.I. 2005). see: Roland DeMaio et al.v.Raymond A. Ciccone et al. “(noting that the prima facie evidence principle applies “where a rear-end collision is established” (emphasis added)). Id. See Rachiele v. McGovern, 107 R.I. 241, 245, 266 A.2d 36, 38 (1970) Also see: http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/motorcyle-car-accident-rear-ender/
“Under Rhode Island law, “[w]hen a case includes a claim or defense resulting from a rear-end collision between vehicles, a prima facie case of negligence against the driver of the car in the rear is established * * *.” Maglioli v. J.P. Noonan Transportation, Inc., 869 A.2d 71, 75 (R.I. 2005). http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/car-accident-injury-law-1/
The Nolo legal encyclopedia describes a common type of injury resulting from rear end car collisions, whiplash injury. “The term “whiplash” is used to describe a range of neck injuries — particularly soft tissue damage to the neck — common in many rear-end car accidents. When a car is rear-ended, the impact propels the driver’s and passengers’ bodies forward while their heads stay in place, exposing the neck to sudden, extreme extension and flexion that follows a whip-like motion. So injuries to the neck that result from this extreme snapping or jerking are commonly called whiplash.” http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/whiplash-injuries-basics-32286.html
Nolo goes on to state : “Whiplash-type injuries are now commonly referred to by more technical names like hyperextension/ hyperflexion injury, myofascial injury, neck sprain or strain, and cervical strain or sprain.” http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/whiplash-injuries-basics-32286.html
Rear-enders can cause injuries far more severe than whiplash, soft tissue injury. Rear end auto accidents in Rhode Island and providence Plantations also may lead to bone fractures, traumatic brain injury (tbi), shoulder, leg and arm injuries. If you were involved in an auto accident in Rhode Island it is important that you immediately get in touch with a RI auto accident attorney. Article by East Providence Personal injury Lawyer, David Slepkow 401-437-1100
Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney – Car accidents in RI
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