Maine Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Terry Garmey & Associates, our Maine motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared to help you. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to work with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
The Dangers of Motorcycles
Motorcycle accidents are inherently dangerous because the driver is left with little protection compared to a truck, bus, or car. Motorcycle drivers have to be more careful than car drivers because they are impacted more by road conditions. If there is a pothole, gravel, or bumpy road, motorcycle drivers have to account for the safest part of the road to drive on, while also maintaining awareness of other vehicle. Cars or trucks may not see them at intersections or when they are changing lanes, so motorcycle drivers have to always be hyper-aware of their surroundings.
The weather in Maine also significantly impacts motorcycle drivers. In the winter, Maine has hazardous conditions, such as snow and ice. All drivers, but especially motorcycle drivers, must pay close attention to the road and stay off of the road when weather dictates. Poor weather conditions contribute as an additional risk and distraction for drivers and can lead to accidents.
Because of these inherent dangers, motorcyclists have both a higher fatality rate and the risk of more significant injuries if involved in a crash. In 2019, Maine had 27 motorcycle fatalities, which was an increase from the previous few years. https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/stsi.htm#. While a Maine driver must successfully complete a hands-on rider education program to earn a motorcycle permit and pursue a license, accidents do still happen and can be life changing for those injured. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are based in Portland and have experience serving motorcycle victims throughout Maine.
What to Do If You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident
When you have been in any accident, especially a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to gather information about the accident and proceed accordingly. Your main priority is to move yourself to safety and then call the police. Do not leave the scene before the police have arrived and begun gathering information. A police accident report can often be a crucial part of the insurance claims process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 it is Important to Hire an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After you are in a motorcycle accident, you may not know how to proceed after you leave the accident scene and consult a medical professional. Contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer will assist you in understanding the next steps you need to take. Motorcycle drivers have specific regulations and rules that they must follow in order to be granted a motorcycle license. Your rights deserve to be protected by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who understands how to advocate on your behalf.
What Happens During My Initial Consultation?
When we meet with you about your motorcycle accident claim, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. During your initial meeting, we will discuss the facts regarding your motorcycle 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 motorcycle 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 Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Terry Garmey & Associates Can Help
When you have been injured in a motorcycle 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 motorcycle accident lawyers have handled thousands of 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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