According to a recent article, a New Jersey family is mourning the loss of their 6-year-old daughter, who died in a tragic accident while on vacation in Limerick, Maine. On June 1, the child was struck in the head by a broken badminton racket while family members played. The aluminum shaft of the racket pierced her skull. Despite being quickly transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, she passed away on June 5. Authorities have confirmed that her death was accidental.

At Peter Thompson & Associates, we understand that losing a loved one is a devastating experience, especially when their death results from someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions. As a leading personal injury law firm in Maine, we are committed to helping families navigate the complexities of wrongful death claims. 

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Illegal passing is a dangerous and often overlooked cause of many traffic accidents. In Maine, as in many other states, the consequences of such reckless driving can be severe, leading to serious injuries or even fatalities.

According to a recent article, a serious crash occurred on Monday at the intersection of County Road and Riverwoods Drive resulting in three people being hospitalized and causing a lengthy road closure. Emergency officials responded around 9 a.m., and the road remained closed until about 1 p.m. The crash involved a head-on collision between a sedan and a pickup truck. Early investigations suggest the sedan crossed the centerline, possibly attempting an illegal pass. A woman and a 4-year-old child in the sedan suffered serious injuries, while the man in the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Multiple agencies, including Scarborough Public Safety and nearby fire and police departments, assisted at the scene.

What is Illegal Passing?

According to a recent article, the family of Eliza Butler, a former Bangor candy shop owner, is suing St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor for allegedly failing to diagnose her breast cancer in a timely manner, which they claim led to her death. Eliza Butler and her husband, Wade, owned Specialty Sweets, a well-loved candy shop in Bangor. Butler passed away on January 1, 2023, after a prolonged battle with Stage IV breast cancer, which was diagnosed only 16 months prior to her death.

According to the lawsuit filed by her husband, Wade Butler, Eliza had multiple visits to St. Joseph Hospital over several years, where she reported various symptoms such as vision loss, back pain, and breathing difficulties. Despite these complaints, the hospital did not perform crucial diagnostic tests, including mammograms or ultrasounds. The lawsuit alleges that the Hospital engaged in medical malpractice.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Motorcycle riding is a beloved pastime for many, offering a unique sense of freedom and adventure on the open road. However, with this exhilaration comes an inherent risk, as motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries and life-altering consequences.

According to a recent article, a Maine Man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Canton. The motorcyclist was slowing down for a school bus when a driver hit the bike from behind. The driver of the motorcycle was flung from the bike and tragically died on the scene.

The Risks of Motorcycle Accidents:

Multi-vehicle accidents, often referred to as pile-ups or chain-reaction collisions, can be some of the most chaotic and devastating events on the road. In the bustling thoroughfares of Maine, where traffic congestion and adverse weather conditions are not uncommon, these accidents pose a significant risk to motorists.

According to a recent article, a multi-vehicle crash shut down the southbound Maine Turnpike for over four hours this morning. The crash has been described as “severe” and witnesses described a Life Flight helicopter landing at the scene.

Understanding Multi-Vehicle Accidents:

In the realm of personal injury law, motor vehicle accidents are all too common. However, not all accidents involve your typical cars, trucks, or motorcycles. Some incidents involve non-traditional vehicles, presenting unique challenges and legal considerations for those involved.

According to a recent article, a vehicle collided with a horse and carriage in Norridgewock, Maine. The incident occurred as the driver attempted to pass the carriage while traveling west on River Road. The collision caused damage to both the vehicle and the carriage, injuring the horse and the carriage operator. The carriage operator was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the horse’s condition was described as severe. The driver faces multiple traffic violations in addition to the reckless driving charge and is slated to appear in court in July. Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster emphasized the obligation of drivers to exercise caution when encountering animals on public roads, citing Maine’s motor vehicle laws.

Examples of Non-Traditional Vehicles

According to a recent article, there are still 6 people unaccounted for after a bridge collapse in Baltimore, Maryland on March 26th. A container ship lost power and rammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to crumble to pieces. Several cars plunged into the river below.

Bridges are vital components of our infrastructure, connecting communities and facilitating the transportation of goods and people. However, when bridges fail, the consequences can be catastrophic, resulting in injury, loss of life, and significant economic impact. The recent incident in Baltimore serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of structural support failures and bridge collapses.

The Causes of Bridge Collapses and Structural Support Failures:

In Maine, we’re all too familiar with the hazards that come with winter – the icy sidewalks, snow-covered parking lots, and slippery paths. Slip and fall accidents are well-documented winter woes and rightfully receive a lot of attention. However, as winter winds down it’s important that we remember that slip and fall accidents can occur throughout the year, even when the ground isn’t covered in snow and ice.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents:

While winter weather certainly contributes to slip-and-fall accidents, there are numerous other factors that can create hazardous conditions year-round. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents outside of winter include:

According to a recent article, a tragic high-speed collision in Rumford, Maine resulted in the death of a young boy from Hopedale, Massachusets. The Rumford Police Department reported that alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash. Emergency services were alerted to the collision just before 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, with reports of high-speed impact and multiple individuals trapped. Four individuals were involved in the crash: a Hopedale man traveling with his two sons in a Subaru Impreza, and a Rumford man driving a Volvo. All four sustained critical injuries and were rushed to Rumford Hospital. Despite efforts, the 8-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. His 5-year-old brother was transferred to a Portland hospital for further treatment, while their father was taken to a hospital in Lewiston. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragic accident.

Understanding High-Speed Collisions:

High-speed collisions occur when vehicles are traveling at excessive speeds, often resulting in severe injuries and extensive property damage. These accidents can occur on highways, rural roads, or even in urban areas, and they are often caused by factors such as:

Maine’s scenic roads and breathtaking landscapes make it an ideal destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, the thrill of riding comes with inherent risks, especially when sharing the road with larger vehicles. According to a recent article a fatal crash occurred in Hermon, ME involving a motorcycle and two vehicles at the intersection of Route 2, Annis Road, and Klatte Road. The motorcyclist was transported to Northern Light Medical Center in Bangor where he succumbed to his injuries. One of the drivers sustained minor injuries, while the other was unharmed. The cause of the crash remained under investigation as of Friday morning. 

Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries, impacting victims physically, emotionally, and financially. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we understand the complexities of motorcycle accident cases in Maine and are committed to helping injured riders seek the compensation they deserve.

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