Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, people involved in motorcycle accidents often suffer back injuries. Because motorcycles offer little protection for the rider, the force of impact with the ground, an object, or from the bike itself can result in serious injuries to the back.
Injuries to the back may include compression fractures, slipped discs and, in severe cases, spinal cord injury or paralysis. Neck and head injuries may accompany injury to the back.
If your injury is the result of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Haymond Law Firm can help you to:
- Recover any money damages for which the injured person is eligible
- Provide experts who can help to reconstruct the accident
- Determine if a defective motorcycle or car part contributed to the injury.
- Determine if a person is eligible for other benefits such as Work Comp or Social Security Disability benefits.
- Safety Training in Rhode Island
For Non-Licensed Riders
Basic Rider Course (BRC) The basic rider’s course provides safety education and training that is compulsory for every RI motorcyclist-the only such state requirement in the nation. CCRI has purchased motorcycles, built special housing for them, and has incorporated the national motorcycle safety foundation (MSF) standards into the curriculum. Funding for the program is provided from student tuition and from fees assessed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Approximately 3,000 individuals sign up for classes every year. Classes run from April to November (weather permitting) and sections are formed as applications are received.
For Licensed Riders Only
Motorcycle Rider Course: Intermediate Level This course is designed for the licensed rider who would like additional training on their own motorcycle. Under the supervision and tutelage of a certified Rider Coach, you will increase your confidence in the skills you learned in the basic course on your own motorcycle. Whether it’s starting and stopping or cornering and lane changes you will have the opportunity to develop more riding experience and come to appreciate the enjoyment of riding with fellow novices in a safe learning environment. You must bring your license, proof of insurance and standard riding gear: DOT-approved helmet, full fingered gloves, eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, and above ankle footwear. Loan motorcycles are not available for this class, and your bike will be subject to safety inspection.
Motorcycle Rider Course: Experienced Level This course is designed for the licensed rider who has been riding for some time but would enjoy a refresher or possibly learn something new. Increasing numbers of veteran riders have been signing up for courses across the nation and we are excited about this opportunity to meet again some of our graduates of the basic rider courses. In this course you will hone your motor skills and fine-tune the mental skills that are vital to safe riding in today’s traffic. Under the guidance of a certified Rider Coach, you learn with your peers improved risk management, increasing visibility, and optimizing your lane position. You’ll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering, and swerving. You must bring your license, proof of insurance, and standard riding gear: DOT-approved helmet, full fingered gloves, eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, and above ankle footwear. Loan bikes are not available for this class, and your bike may be subject to safety inspection.
Whenever you ride always wear your proper riding gear which includes a helmet (DOT approved or better), eye protection (face shield, goggles or shatter resistant full coverage glasses), long sleeved shirt or jacket, full fingered gloves, long pants (denim or leather), and over the ankle boots or sturdy shoes with non skid soles. You’ll be more comfortable, safer and ultimately enjoy riding even more.
At night, be careful not to override your motorcycle’s headlight. And take extra care to be seen by other drivers by wearing reflective clothing and using reflective tape and decals.
In addition to the pre-ride inspection you should know how to do minor maintenance and service on your motorcycle, especially important on long rides and trips. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and follow the directions.
When you brake, use both brakes together. Generally speaking, when conditions are good, the front brake accounts for as much as 2/3 of the bike’s stopping power. How much brake pressure to use depends on your abilities, your bike’s capabilities, and the environment.
Slow down before going into a curve. Look through the curve and gently accelerate as you enter and drive through the curve. This gentle acceleration creates stability but cannot be accomplished without proper braking prior to entering the curve.
Mud, sand, water and other foreign debris on the road take special handling. Before reaching a slippery surface, slow down and avoid directional or speed changes as you ride through the hazard.
Remember that the first few minutes of a rain storm are the most dangerous as the water mixes with the oil and fluids on the roadway. Avoid riding during this time, if possible. If you must ride try to ride in the tracks of the other vehicles in front of you as they force away the water and oils.
Standing on the pegs can help you keep control of your cycle when riding over obstacles or rough surfaces. Keep your knees and elbows bent, look past the hazard in the direction you want to go and maintain a steady speed.
Always plan ahead – you never know what kind of problems may be coming up. Know what you’ll have to do if you suddenly skid, have a blowout or loose clutch or throttle control. Whenever you ride always wear your proper riding gear which includes a helmet (DOT approved or better), eye protection (face shield, goggles or shatter resistant full coverage glasses), long sleeved shirt or jacket, full fingered gloves, long pants (denim or leather), and over the ankle boots or sturdy shoes with non skid soles. You’ll be more comfortable, safer and ultimately enjoy riding even more.
Riding with a passenger makes balance and control of your bike a great challenge. Make sure your passenger is wearing all of the proper riding gear, knows where and how to sit, where to put their feet and hands and how to lean through turns. Tell them to look over your shoulder in the direction of the turn. Remember that the passenger is “your” responsibility and should be properly educated, prepared and ready to ride.
Never ride if you have consumed any drugs, prescription, or otherwise, or alcohol. Your best weapon on the bike, your judgment, becomes impaired and your ability to reaction time is slowed.
When you carry loads, be sure to fasten them securely to the motorcycle and keep the heavier objects low and towards the center of gravity of the bike. Never secure loads where they will affect your steering, handling, or site of the road ahead.
Protecting Your Rights
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to take certain steps in order to develop a strong claim. First, immediately seek medical assistance if you are injured in anyway. The police need to be called to the motorcycle accident scene and write a police report of the incident. It is important to exchange information with the other people involved, including names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance company names and policy numbers. If it is safe, take pictures of the scene where the motorcycle accident occurred. Also, remember that anything you say after the motorcycle accident may be used against you in a future lawsuit, so only give facts that are accurate. Always obtain a copy of the police report, which are typically available 10 days after the incident. Don’t worry if the police report does not accurately reflect your recollection, your lawyer will advise you on this matter.
The Haymond Law Firm is one of the largest personal injury firms in the Northeast. We have a proven record of fighting for the rights of injury victims. We’ve achieved our record with hard work, dedication and determination. Each of our lawyers has years of courtroom experience, and access to a wide range of highly qualified experts.
Every case is important to us and we prepare them all for trial. Our obligation to you is to get you everything you deserve. That’s our promise.