Fatal Car Accident
The Maine car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have over five decades of providing excellent legal services to those affected by the sudden death of a loved one in a car accident. Our experienced fatal car accident attorneys have seen the financial and emotional impact of an unexpected death, and have worked tirelessly to provide a sense of justice and compensation to the citizens of Maine.
If you or someone you know have been affected by a fatal car accident in Maine, contact us so that we can provide you with representation and help you need to hold the other party accountable and obtain the compensation you need.Driver Behavior Is Often the Underlying Cause of Car Crashes in Maine
Maine’s Department of Transportation assessed the predominance of certain types of accidents that lead to fatalities. While many external conditions like winter weather or objects in the road account for some of the fatal accidents, far more accidents that lead to death involve risky behaviors by drivers. Head-on crashes comprised only 4 percent of the accidents analyzed in the Maine D.O.T. study, but accounted for 25 percent of the fatalities.
The main contributing factors to accidents include driver inattention, illegal or unsafe speed, failure to yield right of way, or following too close. Regardless of what the contributing factor is, drivers in Maine are expected to drive in a manner that respects their duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. Those who fail in their duty of safe driving can be held civilly liable to the families of those who lost their lives.
Figuring out what type of compensation you are entitled to may be a confusing process for people who are not experienced in such matters. While Maine requires every motorist to carry liability insurance, uninsured motorist, and medical payments coverage; not every motorist follows the law and obtains the mandated insurance. The state mandated minimums for liability insurance are $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage. Uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage is also required. The minimums in this type of coverage include bodily injury of $50/100 or combined single limit of $100,000 and a minimum of $2,000 for medical payments coverage. UM or UIM applies when an accident occurs and the driver cannot be located, does not have insurance, or the bills exceed the limits of their policy.
A wrongful death suit is another way to acquire compensation and hold the negligent party accountable. Certain members of the deceased’s family may seek fair and just compensation for pecuniary injuries, medical, and funeral expenses. A jury may also award damages up to $500,000 for the loss of companionship, society, and comfort of the deceased, including emotional distress that has resulted from the accident. Punitive damages may also be awarded up to $250,000.Experienced Car Accident Attorneys at Briggs & Wholey Will Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a family member have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a fatal car accident, contact one of our excellent, hard-working car accident or wrongful death attorneys. We understand that success in Maine’s civil court system will never repair the emotional loss suffered from a tragic death, but our attorneys will work to maximize the financial recovery so that medical bills and funeral expenses can be paid. To speak to one of our attorneys at a free, confidential consultation, contact us at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.