Securing full compensation for auto accident victims in Maine
A drunk driver collides with a school teacher on her way to work. A delivery truck makes an unexpected turn and strikes a cyclist. A distracted driver doesn’t see the pedestrian crossing the street.
For victims of car accidents, the physical, emotional, and financial burdens can be immediate and overwhelming.
Car crashes take hundreds of lives and injure thousands more Americans every day. While many car accidents are just minor fender benders, others result in life-changing injuries and death. For drivers and passengers involved in such crashes caused by another driver’s negligence, the physical, emotional, practical, and financial challenges can be overwhelming.
We understand those challenges because our attorneys aggressively pursue accident cases for our clients every day to make sure they receive the full compensation they deserve. Our auto accident attorneys have won thousands of claims on behalf of Maine accident victims, and each year we build on that successful track record. Combining state-of-the-art legal methods with old fashioned tenacity, we’re proud to be the law firm that insurance companies and defense lawyers in Maine don’t want to face. When irresponsible, reckless, or negligent drivers cause car accidents, Berman & Simmons helps the people they hurt get the compensation they need and deserve.
You focus on recovery. We take care of the rest.
After a car accident, your attention is pulled away from the one place where it should be ― on your health and recovery. Instead, you face the pressure of creditors, employers, and insurance companies that often try to place the blame on you, the victim.
We can turn the tables in your favor. While our lawyers aggressively work to maximize your financial award, our caring, responsive staff can help reduce your stress as you recover. We take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved.
With us in your corner, you can focus on your health and recovery, and get back to living your life.
More resources than any other personal injury firm in Maine
To help build and present a winning case, we regularly work with the top medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, investigators, and other consultants in Maine and nationwide. These efforts can be critical in proving negligence and determining the extent of your losses, so that you can be fully compensated not just for the short-term, but for your future as well.
We are also the leaders in Maine in the use of state-of-the-art technologies in the courtroom, including anatomical and computer models and dynamic presentation of studies such as MRI and CT scans. We produce professional videos to help show the true impact of the accident on you and your family. This allows us to present complex evidence in a straightforward way that judges, jurors, and insurance companies can easily understand.
Let Us Help You Win
A Law Firm That Listens
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.
Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.
Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.
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Get Peace of Mind
It never hurts to consult an attorney regardless of whether you decide to move forward.
Many states have strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims.
The other insurance company is likely already building their client’s case against you.
Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.
You’ll need help navigating your medical care and dealing with financial pressures.
You need peace of mind to focus on your recovery.
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What should I do if I’ve just been in a car accident?
Taking some basic steps after a car accident can make the difference between a legal claim that fails and one that provides fair compensation for you and your family. Here are some suggestions for first steps.
- First, be sure all parties involved are safe and out of danger. Then move your car if it is causing a hazard; otherwise leave it where it is and turn on hazard lights.
- Call 911 to immediately report the accident to police, even if you think the damage is minor. Stay close to your vehicle until police arrive.
- Remain calm and polite, but do not apologize or admit fault.
- Gather pertinent information from other driver and any witnesses.
- Photograph vehicle damage and any visible injuries. Write down your recollections about the event.
- Get the name and badge number of all responding officers, and ask for police report.
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, even if you think they are minor.
- Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
- Report the accident to your insurer. Do not give a signed or recorded statement to your insurer before talking with your lawyer.
- Do not discuss the accident with any representative of the other driver’s insurance company before talking with your lawyer.
What compensation am I entitled to as a car accident victim?
Under Maine law, victims of vehicle accidents have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of injuries and loss, including:
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future
- Interference with your enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Time lost from work
- Loss of future earnings
- Damage or total loss of your vehicle
I’ve been hurt in a car accident, but my injuries seem minor. Should I still seek medical treatment?
Even if your injuries seem minor to you, seeking treatment early is critical because it provides a roadmap to understanding the extent of your injuries, the treatment you require, and the timeframe for recovery. When you seek treatment, it’s also important to honestly and accurately answer the medical provider’s questions and report all
your injuries and limitations.
Why should I take pictures after a car accident?
After you are injured, it is important to take pictures that accurately reflect the injuries caused to you and the severity of damage caused to your personal property, such as your vehicle. Pictures that capture what the scene of the accident looked like are important in fully describing the incident to an insurance company or jury.
Should I provide a recorded statement about my car accident?
Frequently, opposing insurance companies will ask you to provide a recorded statement. You should recognize that these recorded statements are for the benefit of the insurance company and that such statements will be used at every opportunity to undermine your potential case. If an insurance company asks you to give a recorded statement,
a warning bell should go off in your mind and you should politely decline.