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Off Road Safety Tips to Prevent ATV Accidents

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two people riding an atvATVing is one of the country’s more popular pastimes. With it comes a responsibility by every driver to prevent ATV accidents from occurring. With a significant decrease in ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries from 2017 to 2018: dropping from an estimated 93,800 in 2017 down to 81,800 in 2018. (more…)

3 Steps to Keep Motorcyclists Safe in Maine

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motorcycle at sunsetWhile the rush of summer’s busy highways and tourist-filled roads may be coming to an end, there are still plenty of beautiful days for motorcyclists to head out for a joy ride. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can be some of the most dangerous and deadly ones, any time of year. At Hardy, Wolf & Downing, we know correctly operating a motorcycle is imperative to your safety, but it is just vital for motorists to stay alert and to drive defensively. (more…)

Most Dangerous Roads in Maine

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With Maine traffic at its peak during the summer months, the Maine car accident lawyers of Hardy, Wolf and Downing wish to remind all drivers to exercise more caution and raise their safety awareness while on the road. With more people on the roadways, you should be careful of other drivers, be aware of road conditions, construction projects, speed limits, pedestrians, bicyclists and wildlife. (more…)

Common Causes for Pedestrian Accidents in Maine

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When winter ends and warmer weather arrives, drivers should take note that with the warmer weather, pedestrian accident injuries begin to rise. As more people will take to the great outdoors for walks or a jog, the risk for pedestrian accidents increases with each warm day. In fact, 90 percent of pedestrian traffic incidents occur on sunny days. If you or one of your family members are injured by a negligent driver while walking, Hardy, Wolf & Downing, Maine’s premier pedestrian accident lawyers, with offices in Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston, has nearly 40 years of experience investigating and prosecuting pedestrian accidents. (more…)

Top 5 Personal Injuries That Result From Summer Activities

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Hardy Wolf & Downing's take on the families suing the Jose Fernandez EstateSummer in Maine is usually a time to relax and appreciate the great beauty of the Vacation State, but some individuals aren’t so lucky. Personal injury risk is elevated in the summer months due to nicer weather and heightened outdoor activity. As a result, innocent individuals are subject to injuries that can severely affect quality of life, such as loss of a limb, paralysis, internal organ damage, or the death of a loved one. (more…)

How to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim

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Maine motorcycle accident lawyerMotorcycle accidents can be serious. If you or a loved one has been injured or your motorcycle has been damaged as a result of one, knowing how to file a motorcycle accident claim in Maine may help you receive compensation for your losses. It’s important after an accident that all your options are considered. After a motorcycle accident in Maine, there are legal obligations related to the accident claim and reporting an accident to law enforcement. (more…)

3 Slip and Fall Accident Facts That Might Surprise You

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Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and the injuries sustained can be serious, costly, and even permanently change a person’s life. Conditions that result in a slip and fall accident vary—an icy walkway, a torn carpet, a broken step, a pothole—and can happen indoors or out. Though a case for negligence may seem straightforward in this type of accident, there are 3 surprising facts about slip and fall accidents that can present a challenge to any individual seeking compensation for their injury. (more…)

Chris Lewis Named President of Maine Trial Lawyers Association

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Christian Lewis, a partner at Hardy Wolf and Downing, was named President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) on March 20, 2020. Before becoming President, Chris served the MTLA as Secretary and Treasurer.

The MTLA has over 600 Maine lawyers as members. It represents the interests of those who represent the interests of ordinary Mainers in the judicial system. The MTLA’s mission is to preserve and promote access to equal justice for all Mainers in our courts. As President, Chris is presiding over the trial bar at a difficult time, coordinating with the court system and other government branches to deal with the COVID crisis. As the courts gradually reopen, Chris is working closely with judges and court administration to ensure that the judicial system continues to work. This is critical as the only way for ordinary citizens to receive justice in claims against large corporations (insurance companies) is through the court system, and if the Courts are closed, people are harmed. 

Chris takes the role of trial lawyers seriously. “We are the ones who stand between large companies and the government and our clients—ordinary citizens. Without the judicial system and our fighting for them, the average person would be powerless”.

Chris is the second Hardy Wolf and Downing partner to be President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Michael Welch was in that position a few years back.

Chris represents injured Mainers as part of the mission of Hardy Wolf and Downing.

Hardy Wolf and Downing is dedicated to getting justice for injured Maine people. The partners’ leadership in the MTLA demonstrates that.

Should I Settle or Go to Trial?

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Weighing the pros and cons of a personal injury trial versus an out-of-court settlement is an important decision that a client and his or her attorney must consider carefully. There is no right or wrong. However, the choice you make should be an informed one. Personal injury trial preparation is a lengthy process and can be an ordeal. On the other hand, it can be exceptionally beneficial, emotionally and financially, when a judge and jury side with you and you receive just compensation for your personal injury.

In order to get a better idea of which option is best suited for you, here is a short list of the pros and cons of settling a personal injury trial versus reaching an out-of-court settlement. (more…)