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Truck Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel Causing Turnpike Crash

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Early last week, traffic on the Maine Turnpike near Farmingdale came to a virtual standstill following an incident in which a tractor-trailer driver fell asleep at the wheel, causing his vehicle to collide with a guardrail, according to officials from the Maine State Police. Duncan MacPhee, of Prince Edward Island, was named as the driver… Read more »

More Pedestrians Killed in Motor Vehicle Crashes Last Year, GHSA Reports

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Troubling statistics on pedestrian fatalities have been reported by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). According to the GHSA’s most recent report, pedestrians made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014 and will likely do so in 2015. GHSA estimates that the number of pedestrian fatalities will increase by 10-percent between 2014 and… 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 »

NTSB Proposes Transportation Safety Improvements for 2016

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their list of most wanted transportation safety improvements for the coming year. The list focuses upon the importance of including more technological advancements in highway vehicles and train systems to help avoid collisions in the future. The NTSB believes that with the addition of more technology into today’s vehicles, the… Read more »

Driver of Hit-and-Run in Fairfield Arrested

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A hit-and-run accident involving four vehicles in Fairfield ended in the arrest of a woman who was found hiding in a neighboring town. The woman, who has since been released from the Fairfield Police Department on unsecured bail, was a transient driving without a license at the time of the crash. Melinda Caven, 31, was… Read more »

Report Underscores Drug-Impaired Driving Dangers, Urges Action

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According 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…. 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 »

Bill Would Toughen Laws Re: Maine Crosswalks, Pedestrians

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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 »

Deadly Casco Crash Illustrates Dangers of Head-On Collisions

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A tragic crash in Casco recently illustrates the dangers of frontal collisions. The crash took the life of two and seriously injured one other motorist, as well as a service dog riding in one of the vehicles, according to local media outlets. Unfortunately, fatal accidents such as these are all too common on maine roadways,… Read more »

Winter Weather Causes Several Maine Tractor Trailer Accidents

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Maine’s roadways this time of year are perilous for all drivers, who must remain alert and ready to react quickly when icy conditions prevail. Those who have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision are encouraged to speak with a Maine tractor trailer accident lawyer about their legal rights and liability issues. A… Read more »