A biathlete in training was struck and killed by a car in Fort Fairfield, the Bangor Daily News reported June 22. It was about 8:30 p.m. on June 21 when William “Willie” Neal, 19, was struck from behind by a car driven by 18-year-old Erik Lundquist. Neal was out with a training partner, training in Nordic skiing using roller skis. Neither the partner nor Lundquist was hurt.
Neal had come to Maine from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to train at the Maine Winter Sports Center for a biathlon, a winter sport combining Nordic skiing with rifle shooting. He and his partner were heading west on North Caribou Road when he was struck by Lundquist, who was also going west. The police chief for Fort Fairfield said it was dim outside when the accident happened, but not yet completely dark. The incident is under investigation, but the chief told the Daily News that authorities don’t believe alcohol was involved.
Pedestrian accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on Maine roads. People out walking don’t have any more protection than the clothes they’re wearing — no seatbelts, helmets, airbags or steel-reinforced crash cages. As a result, pedestrians hit by cars and trucks can suffer death or very serious injuries. That’s always a tragedy — but when the accident was caused by bad decisions, carelessness or hostility from a driver, it’s also legally actionable. People who have lost a loved one or been seriously injured by a driver’s carelessness have the right to hold that driver responsible for his or her actions with a Maine auto accident lawsuit.
The law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates represents people throughout Maine who are involved in these cases. Our Portland car crash lawyers help victims and their loved ones recover the financial costs of an accident, which can be substantial: six-figure medical bills, repair costs, lost income from missing work and more. We also help them recover for intangible but very real losses, such as a permanent disability, a wrongful death, physical pain, emotional trauma or a serious injury. We make it a goal to take care of the practical, legal and bureaucratic side of our clients’ accident cases, so they can concentrate on healing and feeling better.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car in Maine and you believe it was someone else’s fault, you should contact our Bangor car wreck attorneys as soon as possible. To set up a free consultation, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-804-2004 or contact us via email.