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Driver Flees One Accident, is Seriously Injured in Second Crash

car flipped over

A Portland man suffered serious injuries after his 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… Read more »

NHTSA Offers Tips to Avoid Pedal Error

Rear end car crash

On May 29, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) issued a safety advisory in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents caused by pedal error. According to the NHTSA, drivers use the brake almost one million times per year, typically without incident. However, approximately 16,000 preventable crashes occur each year as a result… Read more »

“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Says DOT Safety Campaign

Do and Don't of driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is once again announcing their “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” safety campaign. From April 10-15, state and local law enforcement officers will be aggressively ticketing drivers who drive while distracted, primarily by using mobile devices and, especially, texting while driving. In… Read more »

Teen Distracted Driving Epidemic Worse Than Believed

teens texting and driving

A massive amount of media attention has been paid in recent years to the dangers posed by distracted driving. Considering the fact that handheld devices and mobile phones are consistently used by just about everyone these days, it is not surprising that many motorists, particularly younger ones, are operating theirs while behind the wheel. However, a… Read more »

Maine Highway Accident Lawyer Weighs in on Revision to Seat Belt Law

car accident on highway with ambulance

The law firm of Hardy, Wolf & Downing is concerned over recent efforts to repeal the Maine seat belt law, particularly in light of a recent 75-car pileup in the state that left 17 motorists injured. Those who were involved in the massive crash, or who were injured in another motor vehicle collision, may benefit… Read more »

Maine Lawyers Voice Concern over “Steering” by Insurance Companies

fast moving traffic on major highway

The Maine car accident attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing are troubled by reports of “steering” by insurance companies that may result in shoddy and potentially dangerous repairs done on damaged vehicles. We believe this constitutes rampant recklessness on the part of auto insurers that may be putting profit over driver safety by pressuring body shops to perform… Read more »

Bill Would Toughen Laws Re: Maine Crosswalks, Pedestrians

Pedestrian Walk Sign

In an effort to create a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, and non-motorized traffic, a Maine senator has introduced a bill to toughen crosswalk regulations. The bill, known as An Act to Improve Safety and Clarify Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists, is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and was submitted by Sen. Amy… Read more »

Court Upholds Jury Award in Maine Bicycle Accident Lawsuit

bicycle accident

  The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently upheld a jury award obtained by a Maine lawyer on behalf of a bicycle accident victim. A jury had awarded Monica Semian $750,000 for her losses stemming from a 2010 bicycle accident. The then-20-year-old Romanian exchange student was riding her bicycle when she was struck by a school… Read more »

Black Ice Causes Multiple Accidents on Maine Turnpike

distractions while driving

Black ice brought traffic to a standstill on the Maine Turnpike Sunday evening.  During the daylight hours,  the roads remained relatively safe.  But between 5 and 5:30 pm,  the sun began to set and conditions changed drastically.  Around 5 pm, a tractor-trailer jackknifed across the northbound lanes of traffic, between Falmouth and Gray, forcing Maine… Read more »

Winter Driving in Maine – Leave Sooner, Drive Slower, Live Longer

Car slipping on black ice

Maine winters are known the world over for their breathtaking beauty.  They bring to mind images of pristine winter woods,  sparkling snow and cozy nights snuggled by the fire. But as the weather gets colder and the nights longer,  Maine residents must also remember the treacherous side of Old Man Winter,  and prepare themselves for… Read more »