Portland Car Accident Lawyers Who Never Back Down
Our lawyers fight for the financial compensation you deserve
Car accidents happen regularly in Waterville, Portland and throughout the state of Maine. They happen on highways, city streets and back roads. No matter where the collision was, it can leave you seriously injured and change your life in a second. The car accident attorneys at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC are ready to help.
The weeks and months after a car accident can be a difficult time. You are faced with rising medical expenses but may not be able to work because of your injury. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you deserve financial compensation. Recovering compensation can be a complicated and frustrating process.
Insurance companies have lawyers who help them find ways to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. That’s why you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Our attorneys help you fight back against the insurance companies so you can get the help you need to move forward.
How can a Portland car accident lawyer help me?
Our lawyers understand the impact an accident can have on people and their families. We were born and raised here in Maine. Our attorneys have chosen to live here and to work here. Our clients are fellow members of the community. It’s one reason we are dedicated to helping them get the best possible outcome.
We start by getting the facts. Our legal team investigates your accident to find out what really happened. Our attorneys review all documentation, such as accident reports and medical records. We identify and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Negligent drivers typically deny doing anything wrong after an accident. We know where to look for evidence to prove the other driver was texting, speeding, drinking or fell asleep at the wheel. We’re prepared to fight back against insurance company if they question the extent of your injuries or the need for certain kinds of treatment.
In addition to motorists, we proudly represent injured motorcyclists and bicyclists, as well as pedestrians hit by cars and passengers injured in crashes. We’re also honored to stand up for families of people killed in fatal car crashes.
What do I do after a car accident?
Your first priority after a car accident should be to make sure the scene is safe and to get emergency medical attention for anyone who needs it. Call the police so they can investigate and remain at the scene until the officer arrives. You need to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver, and get contact information for any witnesses as well, but keep your comments at the scene brief, sticking to the facts of what happened. Even an innocuous “I’m sorry” can come back to haunt you if fault for the crash is disputed. Finally, talk to an experienced car accident attorney right away, before you speak with the insurance company.
What are my rights after a car accident?
Legally, you have the right to protect yourself and your own interests after an accident; that is, you are not required to admit fault. You also have the right, under Maine law, to seek compensation for your losses (such as medical bills or lost income) if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. And you have the right to be treated fairly by the insurance company – but often, you need an attorney on your side to protect that right.
What are common causes of car accidents?
Most car accidents are caused by human error, whether that’s distracted driving, drunk driving, fatigued driving, speeding, or reckless driving. Statistically, the single most common cause of fatal crashes is driving at unsafe speeds, followed by drunk driving. Some crashes are caused by defective or poorly maintained vehicles. The point is that most car “accidents” are not accidents at all – they are caused by negligence and could be prevented by more responsible operators and safer vehicles.
What if the driver who hit me didn’t have insurance?
If you were hit by someone who didn’t have insurance, or didn’t have enough, you can file an uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM) claim with your own insurance carrier. Maine law requires all car insurance policies to carry UM coverage for precisely this reason. Underinsured motorist coverage also protects you if you’re injured in a hit and run and the driver isn’t found, since an unknown driver is considered uninsured by default.
Will my car accident case have to go to court?
Some car accident cases do go to trial, but most end up settling out of court. Insurance companies often agree to talk about settling when they see your lawyer has built a strong case and are ready to fight them in court. Make sure your lawyer only agrees to a settlement that meets your needs, including compensation for all current and future medical expenses, any lost wages, and other damages you suffered, such as pain and suffering.
How can a lawyer help me after my car accident?
As soon as you hire an attorney, you can stop worrying about dealing with the insurance company; your lawyer will talk to them on your behalf and protect your rights while you focus on healing. An attorney can review your case, determine the full amount of compensation you need and deserve for your injuries, and fight for that compensation in negotiations and at trial. Getting compensation after a car crash can be a long and complex process, but an experienced lawyer will be your advocate and guide every step of the way.
Visit our Car Accident FAQ page for answers to more questions.
We have the depth of experience to take on any accident in Maine
The collision itself may have been over in a moment, but the consequences can last a lifetime. If you sustained a head injury or traumatic brain injury, a back or spine injury, or lost a limb, you may be looking at a lifetime of treatment. Even a seemingly minor injury such as whiplash can have long-term complications. If you’re unable to work for a time, the financial consequences can quickly snowball. You’re hurting, and you have a right to legal recourse.
Getting the insurance company to actually give you enough money to pay for a car accident, though, is another story. To them, you’re just exposure to their bottom line. To us, you’re a person in need of help, and we put in the effort to build a strong case. We pore over police reports and investigate accident scenes to find critical evidence. We’re your staunch advocates from start to finish, both in negotiations with the insurance company and, if necessary, in court.
Our approach may change depending on the situation. If you were hurt in a head-on collision or injured in a T-bone accident at an intersection, we have to get to the bottom of what happened and prove the other driver’s fault. In a rear-end accident case, fault may not be disputed, but we have to prove the full extent of your damages. We know how to sort out multi-vehicle accidents and understand the unique legal issues surrounding Uber and Lyft accidents. Whatever happened to you, we can help.
Put experience on your side from start to finish
Since our firm was founded in 1979, we have built a reputation as lawyers that people can trust. We know what you are going through and take your case seriously from the start. You can expect personal attention from our lawyers and members of our staff as we guide you through every step of the process.
If you were hurt in a Maine car accident, it’s important to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. We offer a free consultation for clients. One of our lawyers can review the details of your case, go over your legal options and answers any questions you have. There’s no cost and no obligation.