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Author: Jacky Gale

Officials Report a Projected Increase in Traffic Fatalities

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In 2015 alone, 35,200 people in the U.S. lost their lives after becoming involved in car accidents. This statistical projection, recently publicized by the U.S. Department of Transportation, demonstrates an increase of 7.7 percent compared to the total traffic fatalities that occurred in 2014. That year, the figure stood at 32,675 deaths. It’s important to… Read more »

Wintry Weather Increases Risk for Slip & Fall Accidents

shoveling snow

Maine residents are no strangers to snowy, icy, and otherwise inclement weather conditions. During the winter, the focus is often on the roadways. However, sidewalks and other walking areas can give rise to serious injuries if they are not properly maintained by property owners. In Maine, property owners, lessees, and all other individuals who have control… Read more »

Drowsy Driving is a National Epidemic

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In 2002, a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that 37 percent of drivers surveyed self-reported nodding off at least briefly at the wheel. In 2010, a similar study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that 41 percent of drivers reported falling asleep while driving. The results… Read more »

Local Motorcyclist Survives Crash Caused by Maine Wildlife

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An avid motorcyclist is thanking his lucky stars after sustaining multiple injuries in a crash that occurred on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Tommy Stone was riding his 2012 Suzuki DRZ400 away from his home in Limington. He rode through Fryeburg and Bethel without incident, but ran into problems on Greenwood Rd. leading to Rt. 117… Read more »

Thompson Lake Boating Accident Injures Eight

Life buoy

The Maine Warden Service is investigating a boating accident that occurred late in July 2015 on Thompson Lake in Otisfield. The two-boat collision is believed to have injured eight people, including two children. A nine-year-old boy had to be airlifted to Maine Medical Center because of his critical injuries. The other child suffered broken bones… Read more »

Recalled IKEA Crib Mattresses Could Harm Children

Mother Hugging Child

For parents of young children, safety is a top priority. Unfortunately, some of the products that parents trust to be child-safe may in fact pose a risk of life-threatening injuries. As veteran product recall lawyers in Maine, the team at Hardy, Wolf & Downing is concerned about the announcement of an expanded recall of IKEA… Read more »

Technological Solutions for Distracted Driving Among Teens

teens texting and driving

If you’ve been out and about around Maine this spring, you’ve probably noticed a dramatic increase in enforcement efforts and public awareness campaigns aimed at cracking down on distracted driving. Despite these efforts, distracted driving in Maine continues to pose a serious problem; teens in particular are well known for leading this alarming trend. A… Read more »

Paralyzed Rider Prompts Trek Bike Recall

Side profile of a businessman riding a bicycle

Consumers who purchased certain Trek bicycles are advised to consult an authorized dealer regarding a recent recall, which was issued after a rider suffered injuries that led to permanent paralysis. As veteran product liability lawyers, the team at Hardy, Wolf & Downing has served as advocates for clients suffering from a range of injuries inflicted… Read more »

7 Injured During Maine Ski Lift Malfunction at Sugarloaf Mountain

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Seven people were injured and about 200 had to be rescued from a malfunctioning ski lift at Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain late in March. According to a Sugarloaf representative, the King Pine ski lift inexplicably halted while in operation and then began going backward. One witness to the accident told ABC News, “We heard people screaming…… Read more »

Burn Injuries Prompt Keurig Recall

medical malpractice lawyer speaking to jury

The product liability attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing would like to alert Maine families to a recall announced by Keurig Green Mountain. The company has recalled its Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems, a single-serve hot beverage brewer that has found a place in millions of American homes. The recall affects about 6.6 million brewing systems… Read more »