New England Car Accident Lawyers
Securing full compensation for car accident victims in Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond
On the morning of April 10, 2013, a teacher from York County, Maine, was driving to school with her two children. It was a commute she had made safely hundreds of times.
But on this day, a teenager was driving carelessly in the opposite direction. For reasons that are still unclear, he drifted across the centerline and crashed head-on into the teacher’s car. The teacher was killed and her children were seriously injured.
Sadly, car accidents like this happen far too often. They devastate families and leave entire communities searching for answers on how to avoid the next tragedy.
The trial lawyers at Berman & Simmons help car accident victims and families that have lost loved ones because of another driver’s negligence. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges you face. Our mission is to help you recover, and to make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.
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 understand 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.
Don't wait to hire a
personal injury lawyer:
- Maine has strict deadlines for filing many 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.
With more cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road, drivers are vulnerable
According to the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition, 63,836 vehicle occupants (drivers and passengers) were involved in traffic crashes between 2011 and 2015, with one personal injury crash occurring every 56 minutes. In 2016, 160 people were killed in traffic crashes. In New Hampshire, 114 traffic fatalities were reported in 2015.
What causes car accidents? Speeding, drunk driving, texting while driving, band failure to pay attention top the list. Common types of car crashes include: rollover accidents, rear-end collisions, and weather-related accidents.
In crashes involving more than one vehicle, people in cars are far more likely to be hurt than those in bigger, heavier vehicles such as trucks and SUVs.
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A law firm that actually listens to you
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.
See how we can make a difference
Attorney Daniel Kagan explains how his team took a car accident case to Maine’s highest court and proved the insurance company wrong.
Attorney Jim O’Connell explains how his team’s work against an insurance company resulted in a large award for a woman who badly injured her back.