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Motor Vehicle Accident FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Car, Truck And Motorcycle Accidents

Bring your questions about a motor vehicle accident to our attention at Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, P.A.. At your free initial consultation, we can deliver prompt advice on questions such as the following:

What do I need to do after a motor vehicle accident?

If you are injured or think you may be injured, you should get prompt medical evaluation and treatment, as appropriate. Be aware that back, neck and brain injuries sometimes do not become apparent until hours, days or even weeks after an auto collision. For this reason, we recommend that you seek timely, thorough medical attention, even if you are not sure how you feel.

On the other hand, if you are a friend or family member of someone who was badly injured and needs help communicating and making decisions in the beginning, please take your role as a witness, support person and advocate seriously. Keep a log of all interactions with police, medical personnel and others concerned about the crash. To both the injured person and immediate family members, we urge you not to sign anything, make statements or accept low-ball settlement offers without consulting with a lawyer.

How much is my motor vehicle accident claim worth?

This question can only be answered through an individualized analysis of the injuries, the accident and legal precedents in similar cases. The potential compensation available through a settlement or verdict may not be determined until the case progresses to its conclusion. Your attorney may not be able to project the precise amount you are eligible to receive, but previous results may give you a good idea of what you are likely to be eligible for. Depending on the particulars of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages.

Are car, motorcycle, truck and other types of accidents handled differently?

These different types of vehicle cases typically vary in process and outcome, for the following reasons:

  • Motorcycle and truck accidents often lead to more serious injuries, with higher-stakes for the injured person, as well as for responsible parties and their insurers.
  • Police, juries and others close to an accident sometimes carry a bias against motorcyclists. A skilled plaintiff’s attorney will work to overcome this type of bias when a motorcycle operator was not at fault.
  • Responsible parties in truck accidents may include the driver, his or her dispatcher or employer, a dock loading facility and others linked to the truck’s operation. The good news is there may be ample insurance resources to draw from. The challenge is that the various responsible parties may delay the case by casting blame on each other. An effective personal injury lawyer will cut through the red tape to get a case moving toward a reasonable outcome sooner rather than later.
  • Motorcycle riders tend to have less insurance coverage, along with more serious injuries. It is critical to find out whether another vehicle caused the crash, and if so, how.

What if the responsible driver was uninsured?

In this case, you may need to tap into uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage from your own car insurance. However, don’t expect your insurer to offer it willingly. When the other side or your own insurer refuses to pay fair compensation, we can and will go to trial. Responsible parties soon realize they are better off paying what they should without going to the expense of taking a case before a judge and jury. We prepare every case as if for trial, so when a trial becomes necessary, we are ready to make strong cases on our clients’ behalf.

Do I need an auto accident lawyer?

Most people are not prepared for the complexities that come with a car accident, including dealing with insurers, medical providers and others whose help may be vital, such as social workers who advise people suffering from catastrophic injuries. We believe you deserve strong representation after an accident.

Contact Us Today

Our firm removes financial worries for our clients from the start by offering free initial consultations and by handling most injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you will not owe attorneys’ fees until your case is finished and you receive a settlement or verdict. 

We represent clients in New Hampshire, Maine, and northern Massachusetts. Regardless of the legal problem, you can benefit from the experience that comes from a century of service to our community.

Contact us today and let us help you find a solution to your legal matter.