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Buxton Woman Ejected From Vehicle in Fatal Saco Car Accident

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car accident  and ambulancePolice officers are working to determine what caused 26-year-old Shannan Carrier’s 2006 Nissan Altima to veer over the center line in the 400 block of Route 112 near Thibodeau’s Dairy at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21st. Carrier was ejected from the vehicle and died upon impact after her car struck a 2008 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck driven by 48-year-old Thomas Lavin of Standish.

He was taken to Maine Medical Center and treated for injuries. At this point, his condition is unknown, but Saco police say the crash was so violent, it literally split the woman’s vehicle in two. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time. The road remained closed until at least 5 p.m. as investigators reconstructed the scene and tried to piece together what may have happened.

Was negligence involved?

In fatal car accidents like this most recent Saco collision, negligence may come down to one or both of the drivers for:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Drunk or intoxicated driving
  • Speeding and recklessness
  • Poor vehicle maintenance

Sometimes manufacturers can be held liable if the vehicle’s brakes, accelerator, tires or other technical components fail to function properly at the time of the crash. If intoxication played a role, the person serving the alcohol may be held liable under certain circumstances. In some states, individuals knowingly calling or texting a driver have been brought into court for their roles in distracted driving cases.

Is the road to blame?

Not all car accident cases are a simple matter of driver liability or negligence. According to CBS13 News, people living in the vicinity say that accidents happen all too frequently on this stretch of road because people drive too fast. “I can’t speak for this particular accident, but people need to pay attention, there are curves in the road,” said area resident Rick Grant. “Stronger police presence would probably help slow them down,” added fellow resident, Robert Taylor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a summary of investigations from 2.2 million traffic crashes on U.S. roadways and determined that “environmental factors” played a role in 52,000 accidents.

In addition to adverse weather conditions, there were also:

  • 26,000 crashes caused by slick roads, ice or debris
  • 6,000 crashes related to view obstructions
  • 1,000 crashes due to poor road design
  • 1,000 crashes caused by faulty signs or signals
  • 5,000 crashes related to other highway conditions

Federal, state and local governments and their hired contractors have a duty to the general public to safely design, construct and maintain highways and roads in their jurisdictions. When they fail to do so and a serious accident occurs, they may be held liable for injuries and fatalities. Sometimes the speed limit for a particular area is too high and further action is warranted to prevent future incidents.

To determine liability, experienced Maine car accident lawyers may use pictures of the scene taken immediately after the collision, weather reports, blueprints of the road design, government records of maintenance schedules, filed complaints, past lawsuits or accident reports related to the roadway, road construction plans, and various measurements (such as the length of a guardrail, the distance between warning signs and hazards, the width or a lane, or the degree of a curve or slope). Eyewitnesses, as well as expert witnesses on road design, may be called in to testify and add credibility to the hypothesis of what happened and which parties were at fault.

No cause for fatal Saco car accident released

Determining fault in car accidents can be a complex investigation, which is why so many questions remain unanswered after this recent crash in Saco.

Is your head still reeling from a recent car accident involving yourself or a loved one? Call the law firm of Hardy, Wolf and Downing for a free consultation to see if you have cause for litigation.

Rash of Pedestrian Accidents in Maine

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bicycle accidentThe outcomes of two recent pedestrian accidents in Maine illustrate just how fragile life is – especially when negligence factors in. A 51-year old Skowhegan woman was struck and killed last week when she reportedly walked into incoming traffic at an intersection. Authorities are uncertain why Kathy Barker would have crossed the intersection at Constitution and Madison avenues during a green light, but they don’t suspect her actions were suicidal in nature.

Barker was hit by a pickup truck driven by Jason Carrigan just after 8:00 PM, say authorities. Just behind Carrigan’s truck was an EMT vehicle, but despite immediate attempts to treat the woman’s injuries, she was later pronounced dead after being transported to Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

“Any intersection is dangerous if people don’t adhere to signage and things like that,” said local Police Chief Don Bolduc. “It’s important people are not wearing dark clothes and all those things we’ve talked about before about safety.” Bolduc continues to investigate the accident, but excessive speed and alcohol are not suspected.

Bethel hit-and-run accident injures teen bicyclist

In a separate incident last week, a Bethel man has been arrested for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that left a teenager in critical condition. Forty-five year old Richard Marin was arrested by authorities and is being held on $10,000 bail at Oxford County Jail.

Following the arrest, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant told WCSH-TV,“I find extremely troubling that somebody would know that they hit a person and not stop and try to (lend) some sort of assistance or call the proper authorities.”

According to officials, Marin was driving his vehicle when he hit the teenager while he was riding his bike on Church Street.  The impact left the boy, who is from New Hampshire, with life-threatening injuries. He is being treated at Portland’s Maine Medical Center, where he’s still in critical condition.

Marin was finally located and ID’d after the sheriff’s office received tips that directed them to a Bethel garage, where they discovered a vehicle that perfectly matched the descriptions given by eyewitnesses.

Liability issues in pedestrian-auto accidents

Cyclists and pedestrians alike are at great risk for suffering significant bodily harm when struck by motor vehicles. Paralysis, broken bones, internal injuries, traumatic brain injury and death are not uncommon outcomes in pedestrian-auto accidents.

According to the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA), an estimated 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle accidents every year, and another 76,000 pedestrians suffer massive injuries.

But who is to blame for these accidents and how do you establish liability?

The following are some situations in which the pedestrian may be found partially at fault:

  • crossing against a traffic signal
  • jaywalking
  • entering a road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • walking along causeways or freeways where pedestrian traffic is expressly banned

However, a bicyclist or pedestrian may attempt to recover compensation for injuries sustained if it’s evident that a third party’s negligence contributed to the accident. When demonstrating negligence in an accident, the plaintiff and his or her attorney must prove that the defendant breached their duty by driving too fast, while intoxicated, failing to signal, disobeying traffic signals, or driving while distracted.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a pedestrian-car accident and would like an experienced attorney to evaluate your claim, call 1-800-INJURED to speak with a Maine accident lawyer at Hardy, Wolf & Downing. We advocate on behalf of victims in the Portland, Lewiston and Bangor areas. 

Maine Residents Still Haunted By 2014 Hayride Death

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hay ride trailerAutumn means apple cider, pumpkin spice and breathtaking fall foliage for most Maine families – but not for family and friends of Cassidy Charette, the 17-year-old Messalonskee High School student who was fatally injured in a 2014 hayride accident. According to a news report at the time, she had gone on “a haunted hayride called ‘The Gauntlet’ in Mechanic Falls on Saturday when the Jeep pulling a trailer filled with passengers lost control, hit a tree and overturned, sending 22 people to the hospital” with ankle injuries, abrasions and broken bones.

Family and friends remember Cassidy Charette

A year after her death, the friends and family of four-time honor student, soccer player and mentor Cassidy Charette united to keep her spirit alive. One of Cassidy’s famous sayings was “Life is short; eat dessert first,” so several events were planned in her memory. The community set to work building Cassidy’s Kitchen at Hart-to-Hart Farm in Albion over Columbus Day weekend. They also gathered at Dairy Queen on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville from 5 to 7:30 that Sunday, with 15 percent of sales donated to the Cassidy Jean Charette Scholarship Fund at Messalonskee High School.

Factors in the hayride accident

What sounds like a freak accident at face value may be determined the result of negligence after a thorough investigation is conducted. Authorities concluded that a “mechanical problem” caused the hayride accident. A review of the vehicle found that the driver’s side rear brake line had been recently installed, but the fluid reservoir was empty and several brake parts were missing or improperly installed.

Sworn statements revealed that farm owner Peter Bolduc ignored employee warnings that the Jeep brakes were faulty, though he passed two polygraph tests claiming ignorance. Employees told investigators that the haunted hayride vehicles went “years without maintenance” and that mechanics advised that the owner should “junk it.”

This past summer, hayride driver David Brown and farm mechanic Phillip Theberge pleaded “not guilty” to reckless conduct charges, which come with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail.

“He doesn’t remember much about what happened that night,” the driver’s attorney told the Portland Press Herald, “but I suppose what he says about that night is he was driving a Jeep provided to him by the company and the Jeep lost control and got into an accident.”

Charges have not been brought against the farm owner because “the investigation showed there was a substantial chance it would not lead to a conviction.” Harvest Hill Farm faces fines of up to $170,000 for charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct. No trial dates have been set.

The owner of the land on which Harvest Hill Farm operates filed for bankruptcy following the hayride tragedy in anticipation of facing personal injury lawsuits seeking substantial damages.

Questions about filing a Maine accident lawsuit?

Has your family been affected by a tragic incident at a carnival, amusement park or other premises where the property owner or employees may have acted negligently? Attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing can provide a free assessment of your case and conduct a full investigation to establish liability against any negligent parties involved. Call 1-800-INJURED to speak with a qualified premises liability lawyer right away.

Report Underscores Drug-Impaired Driving Dangers, Urges Action

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car accident ambulanceAccording to an alarming new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana and prescription medications has increased so significantly that its contribution to fatal incidents on the roads must be the focus of new prevention efforts on the part of law enforcement agencies and others.

The report includes several suggestions on what steps might be taken on a local, state and national level to bring the situation under better control and reduce the incidence of deadly, yet wholly avoidable accidents.

Drugged driving statistics

One particularly notable figure gleaned from report indicates just how much driving under the influence of drugs has grown in recent years. Between 2007 and 2013, the percentage of motorists testing positive for marijuana in their systems increased from 12.4% to 15.1%. The report states that approximately 38% of individuals who died in car accidents during 2013 had some type of drug in their systems. This represents a similar figure to drivers who were found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a vehicle.

It is interesting to note which drugs seem to be the most problematic when it comes to driving while impaired. Of those found to be driving while under the influence, marijuana appeared to be the most popular, with 34.7% of the tally. Amphetamines came in at a still-worrisome 9.7%, a category which includes a range of stimulants such as nasal decongestant medications and ADHD drugs.

Report urges increased prevention, enforcement efforts

Dr. James Hedlund, former senior official at NHTSA, the author and researcher behind this new report, has suggested that while most of the attention concerning impaired driving has long been given to alcohol-related incidents, it is time to focus additional energies on the problem of drivers who are under the influence of drugs. Statistics suggest that drunk driving is actually on a downward trend, while drugged operation of motor vehicles has taken a distinct uptick.

This is attributable in some part to the fact that a number of states have made marijuana legal for recreational as well as medicinal use. Adding to the situation is the fact that more and more Americans are using prescription pain medication on an almost routine basis.

Oxycodon, hydrocodone, cocaine and benzodiazepines were found in the systems of far too many individuals killed in automobile accidents, and the rise in reliance on anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications is likely to blame. Though the precise degree to which the use of drugs of any type increases the likelihood of being involved in a serious collision is still the subject of debate and study, there can be little doubt that many of the most commonly detected substances reduce drivers’ ability to react on the roadways.

State laws regarding drug impaired driving

According to Hedlund, part of the problem lies with the wildly divergent state laws pertaining to drugged driving. 15 states presently employ zero tolerance laws with regard to one or more drugs known to cause significant impairment. 18 states either exhibit zero tolerance or or have set specific limits on the legal level of marijuana that can be in a driver’s system. However, states in which marijuana is legal for recreational purposes have no such laws on the books regulating drug-impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

In order to begin the process of taking drug-impaired driving more seriously on a national basis, the report urges an increase in drug awareness campaigns, targeted law enforcement training programs and the adoption of drug-impaired driving laws in all jurisdictions designed to enhance the penalties to be faced by drivers found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of potentially dangerous drugs. Shining a spotlight on what has become a serious epidemic may be the most effective way to combat the often devastating consequences, according to Hedlund.

Hardy Wolf & Downing know all too well the tragic outcomes caused by drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you or someone you love has been harmed in an accident of this type, we stand prepared to help you fight for compensation. Call 1-800-INJURED to arrange a no-cost consultation with leading Maine car accident lawyers.

Patient Motivation Key for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

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spinal cord injuryMedical experience has shown the critical role that patient motivation plays in recovering from a spinal cord injury or stroke. Up until now, however, there has been a lack of neuroscientific data that explains how this motivation impacts or promotes the recovery of motor function.

A recent study conducted by Japanese researchers focused on the neuronal activity of macaque monkeys with spinal injury to determine how it affected motor functioning during the early phases of recovery. When the animal’s nucleus accumbens was temporarily blocked, researchers noted a marked decline in finger dexterity and overall motor cortex activity. The nucleus accumbens plays a major role in the mental processing of reward, reinforcement, pleasure and motivation.  The researchers found that this neural region makes a pivotal contribution to the restoration of hand control following spinal cord damage.

“Our result suggests that in the early stage after brain injury including spinal cord injury, it is important to motivate the patients for promoting functional recovery in rehabilitation. Psychological support for these patients may be important,” concluded lead researcher Dr. Yukio Nishimura. The findings were published in the October 2015 edition of Science.

About spinal cord injuries

Traumatic spinal cord injury results from a sudden blow to the spine that that crushes, compresses, dislocates or fractures vertebrae. Displaced shards of vertebrae and ligaments can rip into spinal cord tissue, causing widespread inflammation, bleeding and fluid accumulation.

Damage to nerve fibers then hampers or completely impairs muscles and nerves below the site of trauma. Depending on the severity and location of the spinal cord injury, a victim may lose bowel or bladder control, experience reduced hand dexterity, lose speaking abilities, or suffer from partial or total paralysis in the arms, legs and trunk.

The following are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries:

  • Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (more than 35 percent)
  • Falls – more prevalent in the elderly (25 percent)
  • Sports injuries (15 percent)
  • Knife or gunshot wounds (15 percent)
  • Alcohol-related accidents
  • Diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer

Living with spinal cord injuries

According to the CDC and the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the costs of living with spinal cord damage can run into the millions of dollars. As an example, someone who suffers a C1-C4 injury and is a tetraplegic can expect to incur medical costs of $1,023,924 in the first year, and $171,808 for each following year.

For many underinsured or uninsured individuals, these types of expenses can undermine a family’s financial security, putting some on the edge of bankruptcy and home foreclosure. In situations where injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a drunk or reckless driver, victims have the right to pursue legal compensation. A large settlement or verdict can ensure victims receive the best treatments and rehabilitation, and medical bills get paid.

Maine accident attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing offer free consultations to individuals in need of sound legal advice. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-INJURED. Our attorneys serve the Bangor, Lewiston, Auburn and Portland areas.

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 when an unidentified animal darted out in the road in front of Stone’s motorcycle. Fortunately, Stone survived the crash and acknowledged that it could have been much worse.

Momentary distraction led to Maine motorcycle crash

Stone informed a local journalist that he knew the speed limit would drop to 35 miles per hour not too far ahead of a hill he was navigating. Stone checked his speedometer to make sure he wasn’t going too fast. When he laid eyes on the road again, there was an animal in front of his bike that he couldn’t identify.

“Even thinking back on it now all I see is a two-foot-tall grey blob. It wasn’t really scurrying like a porcupine, so I’m assuming raccoon? Maybe fox?” said Stone in an interview. “For whatever reason, I didn’t think I could swerve around or hit it head on without really bad things happening. So, I went into a panic stop…”

Stone went on to note that his rear wheel locked almost as soon as he hit the brakes. In the few seconds that it took the crash to occur, Stone couldn’t tell if his front wheel locked as well. He tried to correct the course of the motorcycle, but soon found himself sliding on the ground.

“I probably laid on the ground for 5-10 seconds before I really understood what had just happened,” said Stone. When he gathered himself, Stone managed to get to his feet, although he could not place any weight on his left leg without feeling excruciating pain. Although Stone had come to a stop about 15 feet away from his bike, he managed to get back to his bike and get it out of the road.

Motorcyclist credits safety gear for preventing worse injuries

Stone called a family member, who quickly arrived at the crash site and brought Stone to the nearest emergency room in Norway. At the hospital, he discovered that he had broken every toe in his left foot, including his big toe. Stone also suffered from a painful case of road rash, but he knows that it could have been much worse.

“Gear really saved most of my skin on this one. Helmet is beat up, riding jacket is beat up, gloves are beat up, Sidi boots are beat up. But, every piece of clothing helped save me from getting killed,” Stone said.

Legal advocates for Maine motorcycle accident victims

Residents of the Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland areas are invited to contact the law firm of Hardy, Wolf & Downing at 1-800-INJURED to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney. If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident in Maine, our legal team will be happy to explain any applicable liability issues.

Winterport Railroad Crossing Accident Injures One

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RR crossing freight trainThe Waldo County Sherriff’s office is currently investigating a railroad crossing accident that happened in Winterport’s Meadow Road. Police say a female driver of a Hyundai Elantra was driving across the tracks when a Central Maine and Quebec Railway train slammed into the rear of her vehicle, spinning the car around.

The driver of the Elantra, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center for medical treatment. Eyewitnesses say that the victim, who looked to be in her thirties, appeared to have escaped without serious injury, though she was understandably shaken up by the accident.

Recent Winterport railroad crossing accident

The train accident was reported to authorities around 2:30 PM last Tuesday, and has stoked local concern about the safety of this particular Maine railroad crossing. Meadow Road is a rural route which has only recently been paved. Though there isn’t heavy traffic in the area, residents believe that the posted speed limit of 45 mph should be decreased, especially near the crossing.

One Meadow Road resident, Dana Edwards, told the Bangor Daily News he’d like to see increased visibility, lower speed limits and enhanced safety measures at the railroad crossing, stating that trains and vehicles travel too fast through the juncture.

“My whole question — is that crossing being properly maintained by the railroad? I just think it should be lighted,” Edwards told reporters. “I know you can’t light every crossing in the state. But I think it should be lighted with one of those guards that come down, or better signed or something. I just think someone needs to look at it, and make sure they’re doing everything they can to prevent something from happening.”

Investigations underway by railway

One thing is for certain – the railroad crossing accident could have been much worse, and resulted in severe injuries or even death had the Elantra’s driver been even seconds slower getting off the tracks. Jennifer Bricker, another eyewitness on the scene, told reporters that she noticed an empty child’s car seat in the back of the crumpled Elantra. After the accident, pieces of the vehicle’s back end were actually stuck to the locomotive.

Waldo County deputies will be investigating the accident with the help of information from the train’s black box, which logs crucial information about the speed of the locomotive and whether brakes were applied just seconds before impact.

This is the first time authorities have responded to a train-vehicle accident at the Winterport crossing in 25 years, and while it resulted in only minor injuries, it may spark efforts to tighten up safety.

Questionable safety of US passenger rail services

For many years, train services throughout Western Europe have featured automatic safety systems that alert conductors when they are speeding, then activating brakes to prevent a crash.  Though statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration indicate that derailments and train accident rates in the U.S. are down (a 15.5 drop in 2011-2014), the risk of dying in a train accident is nearly double in America than it is in Europe. The hope is that more passenger rails in the United States will be outfitted with Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) to help prevent accidents caused by poor signaling and human error.

In the event that you or someone you love suffered injury or property damage at a railroad crossing in Bangor, Lewiston or Portland, contact Hardy, Wolf & Downing for a free consultation with a trusted Maine accident lawyer. Our legal team leverages more than four decades of experience handling train and motor vehicle accident claims.

Driver Flees One Accident, is Seriously Injured in Second Crash

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A Portland man suffered serious injuries after car accident ambulancehis involvement in two accidents on Friday, September 4. After fleeing the scene of the first accident, the driver was then involved in a one-car rollover accident that sent him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second accident closed the highway for approximately three hours while police investigated the scene.

Rollover accident driver in critical condition

Jabril Mohamud was driving a Hyundai sedan when he crashed into another vehicle on Exit 7 northbound ramp. The 30-year-old fled that scene, heading onto Interstate 295 where he was traveling north in a southbound lane. Around mile marker 7, Mohamud’s vehicle became airborne and landed on the roof, trapping Mohamud inside until emergency personnel could free him. Mohamud was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Police have offered no details of the first accident, according to a report at the Bangor Daily News. There have also been no follow-up reports to state whether Mohamud was under any sort of influence when he was behind the wheel, if he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the second accident or if he has been released from the hospital.

Dangers of rollover accidents

Rollover accidents are particularly complex and violent in nature, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These crashes tend to have a higher fatality rate than other types of car accidents, accounting for 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes even though rollovers only make up around two percent of all the accidents that occur. The large majority of rollovers are single-car crashes.

Many of the deaths that occur during rollovers can be attributed to motorists failing to wear proper restraints. In 2013, around half of all Maine motorists killed in vehicle accidents were not wearing seatbelts. This number was a bit higher than many other states around the country and may be attributed in part to the fact that most Maine accidents occur on rural roadways, where motorists tend to be more lax about seatbelt use.

Overall, Maine motorists were observed by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety as wearing seatbelts approximately 84 percent of the time in 2012, the last year with data on the topic. That number has been steadily increasing since 2006.

Legal help for Maine car accident victims

Motor vehicle accidents can have a lasting impact on victims and their families. In some cases, serious injuries that occur during the crash can affect the accident victim for a lifetime. In other cases, tragedy strikes and fatality occurs, leaving family and friends grieving for the loss of a loved one. Lives can be changed in an instant, and in some cases it can be very difficult for victims and their families to rebuild after the devastating event.

At Hardy Wolf & Downing, we work with accident victims daily, helping them pursue justice and legal compensation for their injuries and losses. Our team of Maine car accident attorneys is ready to help you get the compensation you desperately need to pay medical bills and make up for lost wages due to days off work.

We offer free case evaluations and legal advice to those wishing to put their lives back on track. To learn more or get the legal help you need today, contact Hardy Wolf & Downing at 1.800.INJURED.

Portsmouth Rollover Accident Results in Fatality

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rollover accidentA rollover accident in Portsmouth took the life of one individual and serious injured another. The single-car crash involved an SUV that rolled several times after the driver attempted to regain control of the vehicle.

The deadly crash occurred on northbound I-95 in Portsmouth on September 1.

Crash occurred in middle of afternoon

Officers were called to the scene around 3:20 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered the driver, Rodney Hoverson, 54, of Harpswell, Maine, has been ejected from the vehicle. Hoverson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  Hoverson was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

A passenger in the car, Darren Carlton, 46, of Vassalboro, Maine, was also taken to the hospital with multiple injuries. According to officials investigating the crash, Carlton was wearing his seatbelt when the accident occurred. Police have told local media Carlton’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Officials said the 2003 Mitsubishi Montero was traveling north on I-95 that afternoon, when the vehicle went off the roadway. As Hoverson attempted to regain control of the vehicle, the SUV rolled over a number of times and landed on its roof. The vehicle came to a stop in the southbound breakdown lane. The Montero was the only vehicle involved in the accident, and officials were unsure at this time why the vehicle rolled over.

Distraction may have been a factor

The area of I-95 where the crash occurred was closed for approximately two hours while police investigated the scene. According to a report at Seacoast Online, Hoverson had been warned previously about distracted driving, after crashing a vehicle in Freeport, Maine, in February of this year. After that accident, Hoverson admitted he lost control of the vehicle after getting distracted by the car’s radio.

Around 33 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve rollovers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The administration also states that there are more fatalities in rollover accidents than any other type of crashes today. In fact, more than 10,000 people are killed in these types of motor vehicle accidents every year.

Nearly 85 percent of all rollover accidents involve a single vehicle. Factors that might play a role in these crashes include speed, alcohol and rural roadways.

Legal help from Maine rollover accident lawyers

The legal team at Hardy Wolf & Downing would like to warn drivers to use care when navigating the roadways of Maine. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover or other type of vehicle collision, a Maine personal injury lawyer from our office can answer your legal questions and help determine if you have grounds for filing a lawsuit.

We offer free case evaluations to those who have had their lives upended after a car accident. To learn more about the merits of your case, contact our legal team today at 800.465.8733.

Mother Causes Two DUI Accidents With Child In Car

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A Brunswick woman, Heather Bowman, caused not one but two collisions in a single trip in Freeport last month. The 39-year-old was driving drunk with a child in the car. Bowman’s actions are an illustration of how one person’s poor decision can endanger the lives of countless other people, from other motorists to her own family.

Drunk driving is 100% preventable but there are still way too many drivers making the wrong choices. A Maine DUI accident lawyer provides one level of protection, helping to hold irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions and prevent their recurrence. And a drunk driver accident lawsuit also helps the victim and his or her family put the pieces back together financially and emotionally.

Drunk driver caused two accidents in single trip

In the Freeport incident, Bowman was spotted driving over a curb, striking a parked SUV, and fleeing from the scene. This first collision took place just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The driver of the SUV was in the vehicle at the time of impact and was able to give police a description and license plate number of Bowman’s car.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Bowman was again seen driving erratically. She then hit a witness’s car and that witness got out and pulled Bowman’s keys from her ignition until police arrived. At the time, Bowman was headed to pick up her other children from daycare. She was charged with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of the crash, and endangering the welfare of her child.

Impaired driving continues to be a problem

Drinking and driving used to be commonly tolerated but increasing awareness of the risks led to stricter DUI laws and wider enforcement. Even though driving under the influence of alcohol is no longer socially acceptable, many people do it every day and endanger the lives of those around them.

Across the United States, nearly 30 people die each day in DUI accidents – that is about one DUI-related death every 51 minutes. These accidents add up to more than 10,000 deaths per year. Even when the victim of a drunk driving accident survives, the injuries can be life-changing.

Drunk driving accidents can result in:

  • Serious injury
  • Disabilities and deformities
  • Medical bills, both past and future
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death

For those who have been injured and their families, the law affords remedies to aid recovery. Compensation may be available to lift the financial burden of hospital bills and time off of work due to injury. Victims may also be entitled to payment in compensation for the emotional trauma the accident can cause. Each case is unique and should be evaluated by a skilled DUI accident lawyer.

Legal assistance for DUI victims in Maine

When your world is shaken by a DUI accident, it can cause medical, financial, and emotional worries. But filing a car accident lawsuit in Maine is not an undertaking you need to go alone. The DUI accident attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing have exceptional skills and experience, having successfully represented accident victims for nearly four decades.

To schedule a free consultation with our firm, please call 1-800-INJURED.