Driver Declines Plea Deal in Norwich Motorcycle Crash That Killed Motorcyclist and Seriously Injured Passenger

A driver charged with manslaughter in connection with a serious Maine motorcycle accident turned down a plea bargain, the Norwich Bulletin reported July 2. Eugene Parsons of Garland faces criminal charges for the July 5, 2008 accident that killed Alan Begin of Taftville and seriously injured his passenger, Dawn Foisey. The decision by Parsons means he will face trial on charges of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, assault with a motor vehicle, OUI, running a red light and reckless driving. Trial had not yet been set.

According to the article, Parsons had a blood-alcohol concentration more than twice the legal limit when he ran the red light at the intersection of Route 2 and Harland Road in Norwich. He hit Begin’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle, killing Begin. Begin’s passenger, Foisey, lost one kidney and suffered a punctured lung and broken bones. The newspaper did not specify how much time Parsons could face if convicted, or the terms of the plea deal. However, manslaughter alone carries up to 30 years in prison in Maine.

As a Portland motorcycle crash lawyer, I hope that this article serves as a timely reminder for Maine drivers and motorcyclists that they can never be too careful. Summer is when motorcyclists are most likely to be on Maine roads, and that should raise the awareness of every driver. Statistically, most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers not seeing motorcycles — and frequently, “not seeing” motorcycles means not looking for them or not expecting to see them. Unfortunately, the results can be catastrophic. Motorcycle accident injuries cause brain damage, multiple broken bones, spinal injuries, organ damage and other life-changing injuries.

Motorcyclists have all the same rights and responsibilities as drivers in Maine, including the responsibility to be careful on the road and the right to hold others legally liable when they fail to be careful. That means riders involved in a bad Maine motorcycle accident can sue a driver whose carelessness caused their serious injuries and the sky-high medical bills that almost inevitably result. In a Bangor motorcycle accident lawsuit, motorcyclists can recover money to pay hospital bills, future medical treatment and other costs related to the accident, as well as compensation for their injuries, pain and any permanent disability or wrongful death.

The law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates helps motorcyclists injured in Maine pursue these claims and maximize the insurance settlements they are legally entitled to. Based in Portland and Bangor, our Maine motorcycle crash lawyers represent people from around the state, as well as visitors who were injured on Maine roads. As experienced injury attorneys, we understand the physical, financial and emotional difficulties facing seriously injured people, which is why we are committed to handling stressful insurance and financial details on our clients’ behalf. Our goal is to free our clients to concentrate on what’s most important: Recovering and getting back to a normal life.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured on a motorcycle in Maine through another driver’s carelessness, you should contact Peter Thompson & Associates as soon as possible to learn more about your rights. To set up a confidential consultation, please contact us via email anytime or call toll-free at 1-800-804-2004.