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.
When irresponsible, reckless, or negligent drivers cause car accidents, Berman & Simmons helps the people they hurt get the compensation they need and deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, we’ll be there for you.
When we get behind the wheel, we are all at the mercy of drivers who put themselves and others at unnecessary risk of injury or death through such reckless and negligent conduct as:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Driving tired
- Disobeying traffic rules
- Failing to drive safely in dangerous weather conditions
When such misconduct upends lives and devastates families, the Maine car accident lawyers at Berman & Simmons stand ready to provide critical support and resources to injury victims. With unmatched legal skills and personal dedication, our lawyers fight to obtain the compensation that can help our clients recover just as we have done for countless New Englanders for over a century.
Committed to our clients, committed to being the best.
At Berman & Simmons, we are deeply committed to our clients’ well-being; that is why we are so relentless in our efforts to get them needed care and deserved compensation. We are also committed to leveraging our well-earned reputation for exceptional trial advocacy on behalf of injury victims.
For us, it is not enough to be the best personal injury trial firm in Maine. With our unique resources and talent, we strive to be among the best in the Country.
With unmatched resources and attorneys who bring decades of experience to car accident cases, we have a lengthy track record of success. We have obtained over $1.25 billion in compensation for injury victims and their families.
We recognize that car accident victims need help long before getting to the courtroom or the negotiating table. That is why we’ll take the time to listen to your story and understand your concerns, helping you navigate the unfamiliar and difficult challenges that come after a serious car crash. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on holding those responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions. This will include standing up to insurance companies that are all too often determined to deny claims and avoid accepting responsibility for the negligence of their drivers.
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 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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Car Accident FAQs
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.