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What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving Law

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Any car accident lawyer would agree that texting and driving has reached near epidemic proportions nationwide. The roadways are filled with distracted drivers who reach for their cell phone to read messages and text while driving, and in the process cause a car accident, resulting in serious injuries and sometimes even death to innocent victims…. Read more »

Fatality Marks Fifth Motorcycle Death in Maine for 2016

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Another motorcycle accident in Maine has claimed an innocent life. 36-year-old Robert Locke, from Lynbrook, New York, died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Alfred’s Route 111. According to state police, the victim had joined a group of friends for a trip to New Hampshire when the accident happened. Police say that Locke swerved… Read more »

Head-on Collision in Orrington Injures 3

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A head-on collision in Orrington last week sent three people to the hospital, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. Officers have not yet released the victim’s names, but report that the accident happened on Route 15, near Pleasant Hill Lane. The collision, which involved a motorcycle and a passenger car, is being investigated and… Read more »

Researchers: Sixth Sense in Distracted Driving, But Not When Texting

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute compared three common types of driving distractions, finding a sixth sense protects distracted drivers, but not while texting. The study used 59 volunteers who each drove the same stretch of highway four times under varying conditions: in a normal state;… Read more »

Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign Urges Motorists to Drive Cell Free

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Hardy, Wolf & Downing would like to spread the word about the National Safety Council’s annual Distracted Driving Awareness Month, held in April. The NSC hopes to draw attention to the role that cell phones play in thousands of deadly car crashes and encourage people to put safety first. To make it easy to share… Read more »

Durham Woman Dies From Injuries Sustained in Head-On Crash

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A Durham woman has died from injuries that she sustained on Friday, March 11, during a head-on collision in Topsham. Christina Babnaw, 44, died in the hospital on Saturday night, March 12, as confirmed on Sunday morning by Topsham police Sgt. Mark Gilliam. The accident took place near the 800 block of Middlesex Road, according… Read more »

NHTSA Summit Seeks to Curb Traffic Crash Deaths

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With federal statistics estimating recent annual traffic fatalities at about 26,000, it is fair to say that the deaths affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. Earlier this month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration concluded a series of conferences aimed at changing dangerous traffic behavior. The most recent 2-day summit ran on March 10th and… Read more »

Researchers Identify Biggest Distracted Driving Risks

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The problem of distracted driving has become a common concern among law enforcement and motorists alike. Now, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have identified the most dangerous culprits in distracted driving accidents and other factors that can increase a driver’s chances of a crash. The hope is that by determining the riskiest distractions, steps can… Read more »

Roadway Deaths Increased in 2015, Reports DOT

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A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not bode well for American motorists. According to agency estimates, a staggering 26,000 people died in traffic accidents in the first nine months of 2015. To put this in perspective, there were 23,796 roadway deaths in the first nine… Read more »

Where do Most Car Accidents in Bangor Occur?

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There are numerous causes of car accidents in Maine, ranging from impaired and distracted drivers, excessive speed, motor vehicle defects and hazardous road conditions. For every crash that occurs on state highways and roads, the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) logs vital pieces of information such as accident location and underlying cause. DOT spokesperson Ted… Read more »