Maine Car Accident Lawyer

 

“I felt confident really right from the start that Terry knew how to approach
this problem, that he had had a lot of experience, and also he was very clear
about everything upfront.” — auto accident victim Kathy Eliscu

 

At Terry Garmey & Associates, our Maine car accident lawyers understand that being involved in a car accident can be an unexpected and life-altering event. Our Portland- based car accident lawyers have experience guiding car accident victims throughout Maine through each step of their journey to recovery, from negotiating with insurance adjusters to filing a lawsuit if required.

 

What Are Some Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. While the most obvious type of distracted driving is texting while driving, cognitive distracted driving is any behavior that takes your mind off the task of driving, such as:

  • Talking on the phone, even while on a Bluetooth headset
  • Changing the music, audio input or podcast while driving
  • Daydreaming
  • Engaging in conversations with passengers
  • Road rage
  • Falling asleep at the wheel

Drinking & Driving

According to the National Highway Transportation Association (NHTSA), in 2019 there were 157 fatalities on Maine roads; 50 of those fatalities were alcohol-related. https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/stsi.htm#. In Maine, it is illegal and dangerous to drive while intoxicated. Those who drive under the influence on Maine roads are at risk of criminal prosecution as well as causing damage to property and injury to themselves and others.

 

Common Car Accident Injuries

Whiplash

Whiplash describes a range of soft tissue injuries to the neck commonly associated with rear end car accidents. Whiplash can result when the neck is snapped forward and back very quickly and with force. Hyperextension of the neck from falls or other events can also cause whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash vary from mild to severe and may disappear over weeks or can become chronic. Stiffness, diminished range of motion and point tenderness are some of the symptoms associated with whiplash.

Head Injuries, including Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

Unlike broken bones, not all injuries are immediately visible to the eye. Serious head injuries, including concussions, can be caused by car accidents. Head injuries can cause serious in both the short and long term, and it is important that they be diagnosed and treated properly and as soon as possible by a qualified medical professional.

What to Do If You Have Been in a Car Accident

When you have been in a car accident, your first priority should be moving yourself to safety and calling the police. The police will gather information and create a police report, which can often be a crucial part of the insurance claim process and any subsequent lawsuit.

1. Document the accident scene and your injuries

If you are able, you will need to gather the information for the other driver or drivers involved in the accident, such as vehicle registration and insurance information. Police and insurance agents often take photographs of vehicles involved in accidents, but you should not rely on them. If possible, and only if it is safe to do so, take photos of all vehicles involved plus the surrounding accident scene. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses. This information can be crucial if we need to reconstruct an accident scene for a jury. If your injuries are visible, have a loved one or friend take photos of them as soon as possible after the accident and as you recover. When it comes to receiving compensation, the more evidence you collect, the better your chances will be.

2. Seek medical attention right away

If you are injured, getting better is your number one priority. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible after any serious vehicle accident. Continue to keep an eye on your health as some symptoms of injuries, such as headaches, dizziness or pain, do not appear for hours and even days following a crash. Keep a journal of your symptoms and discuss them and any other concerns with your doctor. If you wait to see a doctor, it can be harder to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident.

3. Call Terry Garmey & Associates
Make sure your rights are protected. Our experienced accident lawyers will walk you through the process step by step. They will evaluate whether you have a claim and they will work with you to determine the course of action that makes sense for you. With so many people asking you questions about the accident, and possibly asking you to sign documents that you don’t understand, you need an ally in your corner.

 

Why Should You Contact a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

You should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as you can after you are injured in an accident because they are experienced in how to proceed with the legal process. A lawyer will understand what steps need to be taken in order to efficiently gather the relevant information to proceed with your insurance claim and make sure that you are not taken advantage of along the way.

Your car accident lawyer will be able to work with you to recover what you deserve and set you up for success as you file your claim. Even if you have started the insurance claims process on your own, it is never too late to begin working with an experienced Maine car accident lawyer.

 

What Happens During My Initial Consultation?

When we meet with you about your car accident claim, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. During your initial meeting, we will discuss the facts regarding your car accident and your injuries. We work on a contingent fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for an initial consultation and you will not pay us anything along the way unless and until we recover for you. We will work with you to understand your situation and determine the proper next steps. Finally, we will create a sensible plan to move forward toward and achieve your best result.

 

How Long Can I Expect My Case to Take?

Every case, like every client, is unique. Maine has a six (6) year statute of limitations to bring a personal injury claim.  Your case will likely take several months to several years, depending on the nature of your injuries and your recovery from those injuries. This can be difficult for anyone to handle, especially when coping with an injury. When you work with our Maine car accident lawyers, we are dedicated to making this process easier for you. We will work with you to try to expedite the process whenever we can, but our number one priority is maximizing your recovery. If your case cannot be settled, we will discuss your options going forward, such as filing a lawsuit in a Maine court.

 

How Our Car Accident Lawyers at Terry Garmey & Associates Can Help

When you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, you should seriously consider whether you need a lawyer to protect your rights. At Terry Garmey & Associates, our Maine car accident lawyers have handled thousands of car accident claims throughout Maine and we will fight for you throughout the lifespan of your accident claim or case. We do not charge our clients unless we win your case. Please contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

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Terry Garmey & Associates

482 Congress Street
Suite 402
PortlandME 04101 

Phone: (207) 899-4644
Fax: 207-541-9242