Securing full compensation for bicycle accident victims in Maine
Bicycling is one of the most popular forms of recreation and transportation in the U.S., with more than 100 million people riding bikes at some point each year.
But studies show more than half of those riders worry about getting hit by a car, and most say they would ride a bicycle more if they didn’t have to worry about a collision. Those concerns are legitimate. Each year, several hundred bicyclists are killed, and around 50,000 are injured in crashes in the U.S. according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
While bicyclists are often blamed for the bike injuries they suffer, the fact is that in most crashes they are not the ones at fault. More often, they are struck by car and truck drivers who fail to control their vehicles and respect cyclists’ rights.
As bicyclists, you have the legal right to share our roadways and you are entitled to the consideration and respect you deserve. The bicycle accident lawyers at Berman & Simmons know and support your rights. We are experts in the laws that protect bicyclists and we understand the unique hazards you face. And we will do what is necessary to win your case.
Read a summary of Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws
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For the best results, you need the best Maine bicycle accident lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident in Maine because of someone else’s negligence, contact us and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We handle all types of injury claims resulting from bicycle accidents, with a particular focus on serious injury and wrongful death cases.
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. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation. You pay nothing unless we win by settlement or jury verdict.
A law firm that actually listens to you
We have helped countless victims who have been harmed in accidents and we understand the challenges you face. We realize that beyond the physical struggles, the emotional and financial impacts can be overwhelming.
Our lawyers and staff members 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.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.
Bicycle Accident Tips and Tools: What should I do if I’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Maine?
Taking some basic steps after a bicycle 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 bike if it is causing a hazard; otherwise leave it where it is.
- Call 911 to immediately report the accident to police, even if you think the damage is minor. Stay close to your bike until police arrive.
- Remain calm and polite, but do not apologize or admit fault.
- Gather pertinent information from other driver and any witnesses.
- Photograph bike 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 trial lawyer who specializes in bicycle accident cases and one who is prepared to win either by settlement or, if necessary, court judgment.
- 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.
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Attorney Susan Faunce discusses her experience representing a man severely injured in a bike accident.