After a slight decline, car accidents in the state of Maine are on the rise again, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Car accidents are never pleasant and always unexpected, and whether you are in a minor fender bender or a serious collision with fatalities, economic and noneconomic damages can impact your life.
If you or a loved one have injuries a car accident in Maine, you may be unsure what to do next or who to turn to for help. A Maine car accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is ready to come to your aid. Call (800) 794-0444 today to learn more.
Types of Car Accidents in Maine
Often, car accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. Rear-end accidents are a common type of accident that can happen when another driver follows the car ahead too closely. Head-on collisions are not as common, but they can often result in fatalities.
Drunk drivers also are the cause of numerous car accidents. The state of Maine ranks slightly above the national average for drunk driving fatalities, according to 2018 data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Regardless of the type of collision you are involved in, never discuss who was at fault with the other driver, and do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company as you may jeopardize any monetary award you may be eligible to receive.
Costs of a Car Accident in Maine
When a car accident occurs, many expenses can accrue. These may include costs to have the vehicle repaired or replaced, medical bills, insurance deductibles, and even long-term rehabilitation costs. Other costs to consider include missed paychecks due to inability to work, permanent loss of job, and, if a loved one died in the accident, funeral costs.
Many noneconomic costs can occur due to a car accident, as well. These can include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and a lower quality of life.
When you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you should not have to pay for the costs involved in your recovery. The person or persons responsible should be held liable and should have to pay for any costs incurred as a result of the accident.
Whether you were injured in a car accident or a loved one died as a result of one, you may want to contact a Maine car accident lawyer to help determine who is liable, if you are eligible for compensation, and how to get back on the road to recovery.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is ready to provide assistance with your personal injury case. We want to fight for your rights and any compensation that you deserve. We will take the burden off of you, so you don’t have to worry about what to do next.
What Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Will Do for You
Once you ask us to assist you, we will investigate the incident fully. We will look at the police reports, interview any witnesses, speak with insurance companies, and follow up promptly on any details that still need to be attended to. All of our examination will help us determine if you are eligible for compensation and, if so, how much.
Most importantly, you will be freed from the burden of stress and worry, knowing that you have someone working hard on your behalf. We will try to reach a settlement out of court, but we will represent you and go to court if necessary.
Wrongful Death Due to a Car Accident
Unfortunately, aside from injuries that can be quite serious, sometimes fatalities occur in a car accident. If a loved one died as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. After a personal representative of the deceased’s estate files a claim and damages are awarded to the estate, they may be distributed to family members.
According to M.R.S. 18-C § 2-807, you may be eligible to receive up to $750,000 for a wrongful death, plus up to $250,000 in punitive damages. You may also be eligible for additional compensation for emotional distress after the death of a loved one.
Statutes of Limitations in Maine
Although the state of Maine has a longer time frame for personal injury suits when compared to other states, you should not delay in filing a claim. Some exceptions for the statute of limitations may exist. If you obtain legal help, a lawyer can let you know of any exceptions to your case.
Most personal injury victims have up to six years from the date of the accident to file a claim, according to M.R.S. 14 § 752. After that time, you may not have the ability to file a lawsuit at all.
A Maine car accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help to determine how long you actually have to file a claim for possible compensation. Allow us to fight for your rights and any compensation that you deserve under the law.
Let a Maine Car Accident Lawyer Help You Today
Time may be running out. To begin the process of having a Maine car accident lawyer help you recover compensation and ease your mind, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.
Do not worry about legal costs. We offer free consultations, and we only take a fee after we win a settlement for you. Call for your consultation today to see what options you have for recovering compensation.