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Are You Always at Fault if You Hit Someone From Behind?

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rear end collision injuriesIn an era of cell phones, text messaging and distracted driving, rear-end collision injuries have become all too common. When such an accident does happen, determining fault in rear-end collisions may seem like an open and shut case. Though there are a handful of exceptions, in general, the presumption is that the driver that strikes the back end of another car is at fault in a rear-end collision. In such instances, the driver who rear-ends another car will be the party liable for the damage caused in the collision. However, there are circumstances when the driver of the car that rear-ends another vehicle may not be at fault. (more…)

What are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

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pedestrian auto accident injuriesIn recent years, auto-pedestrian accidents have increased at an alarming rate. With the increase in pedestrian-car accident injuries come more pedestrian fatalities. From 2009 to 2018 pedestrian deaths increased by over 51% from 4,009 fatalities to 6,227 people. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that the latter number is up by 250 from 2017, the highest total since 1990. (more…)

What Do You Do in a Minor Car Accident?

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what to do after a car accidentMinor car accidents can happen anywhere at any time, causing stress, aggravation, and much inconvenience. It may only be a fender-bender, but do you know what to do after a car accident? It’s important. Knowing what to do can help you to protect yourself financially. Minor accidents are generally fender-bender-like collisions. Where no one is injured but vehicles are damaged. With minor car accidents, insurance companies seek to settle claims quickly and rarely file lawsuits. However, know that if there is resistance to resolve or settle an insurance claim, you should consult an auto accident attorney to advocate on your behalf. If you are ever in a minor car accident, here are a few tips to follow to ensure you are protected: (more…)

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

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do i have a personal injury claimKnowing what is a personal injury claim is an important first step before filing a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury law covers a substantial number of accidents that encompass many scenarios. By definition, a personal injury claim is a claim for liability and damage done to you as a result of the negligence of another party and the basis for a personal injury case. Suffering a personal injury is a trying experience and knowing if you have a case or should move forward with a claim can be overwhelming. (more…)

When to Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident

When to Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident

When to Get a Lawyer After a Car AccidentCar accidents can be a trying experience for anyone, emotionally and physically. Whether a fender bender or a totaled vehicle, when to get a lawyer for a car accident? is not only a very important question but an important decision as well. In most instances, it is related to the degree of emotional and physical damage that occurred. In other words, when to get a lawyer after a car accident will be chiefly determined by the severity of the accident itself. (more…)

What Happens in a Personal Injury Trial?

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Personal Injury SettlementIf you’ve suffered a personal injury and you decide to contact an attorney, you will have the option to settle or to go to trial. In personal injury settlements, the prime objective of every attorney representing an injured party is to ensure that the client who was injured through negligence is awarded maximum compensation. Going to trial may be your best bet if insurance companies and adjusters refuse to offer you full compensation to settle your case. In order for maximum compensation to be awarded, personal injury attorneys, in consultation with their client, outline a strategy for bringing the case to trial. Going to trial for a personal injury case will be weighed against any out-of-court settlement offers. Nevertheless, from the onset, an experienced personal injury attorney will proceed and prepare for a trial verdict. (more…)

5 Common Practice Areas for Personal Injury Lawyers

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business meetingA personal injury lawyer provides legal services to those who have been injured, either physically, emotionally or psychologically, due to negligence by another person, company, entity or agency. Personal injury law is an area of law known as tort law (think torturous, i.e., that which causes suffering). Regardless of the basis for any personal injury claim, be it intentional, through negligence, or strict liability, two basic issues must be proven in personal injury cases—defendant liability and the extent and nature of your damages. This is where the expertise of a personal injury lawyer to aid, assist, and represent the injured and afflicted party in proving liability and damages, and to ensure you’re awarded just compensation for your loss, is most valuable and should be sought out. The following are five of the most common areas for representation by personal injury practices: car accidents, slip, and fall accidents, commercial trucking accidents, dog bites or animal attacks, and wrongful death. If you should be an unfortunate party to these or any accident you should consult with a personal injury lawyer. (more…)

Top Maine Personal Injury Firm Offers Help to Those In Need

Hardy Wolf and Downing Team

From left are William C. Herbert III, Michael Welch, Cailley Bonti, Sheldon Tepler, Christian Lewis, Leana Amaez, Stacy Stitham and Nan Heald at the Pine Tree Legal Assistance reception in Lewiston.

Hardy Wolf and Downing is here to help Mainers injured in car accidents. We don’t represent corporations or insurance companies. And we know that many people can’t afford to pay for a personal injury lawyer up front. So we simply don’t charge a dime until the client gets paid for the suffering she’s endured. But, our desire to help those in need goes even further. Many Mainers can’t afford lawyers for other legal matters. That’s where we step in. Hardy Wolf and Downing has an unequaled record of giving Mainers in need legal help for free. This is called pro bono legal work–just a fancy Latin name for helping those who need help and can’t afford a lawyer. (more…)