Bangor Drunk Driving Trial Begins in Truck Crash that Left Pregnant Woman Paralyzed

Trial began in Bangor for a Danforth man accused of aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, the Bangor Daily News reported June 15. Jayson Caron is accused of intoxicated driving in a 2007 accident that left his former girlfriend, Bobbie Jo Norris, a quadriplegic who will need a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Prosecutors contend that Caron was driving with a blood-alcohol concentration at twice the legal limit or more. The defense argued that in fact, Norris was driving. Caron faces up to five years in prison for the aggravated OUI charge.

The accident happened Sept. 1, 2007, after Norris and Caron had visited the Springfield Fair. Caron had planned to participate in a tractor pull at the fair, but was disqualified because he was too drunk to drive. They gave Norris, who was pregnant at the time, the keys to Caron’s truck. Prosecutors contend that Caron got the keys back and insisted on driving when Norris stopped at a store on the way home. Five or six miles down the road, the truck was driven into a ditch by the side of the road and overturned, throwing both Caron and Norris out of the truck. The baby Norris was carrying was not harmed, but she suffered severe spinal cord injuries that left her permanently paralyzed. The defense disputes that Caron was driving, pointing out that state accident reconstruction specialists were not called.

As a Bangor drunk driving accident lawyer, I agree that accident reconstruction specialists could have provided important evidence in this case. It’s ultimately up to the jury to decide whether that’s enough to cast doubt on the work of the state police and prosecutors. However, regardless of whether Caron is convicted in this criminal prosecution, he could be legally liable in any Maine car crash lawsuit that Norris and her family choose to file. Not everyone chooses to pursue these claims, but with a lifelong disability thrust upon her at the same time as she became a mother, Norris could be facing substantial personal and financial challenges. A Bangor auto accident lawsuit could help someone like her pay medical bills, support her child until she finds an accommodating job and compensate her for this devastating loss.

The Maine law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates represents people like Norris, who have suffered serious injuries in accidents caused by someone else’s carelessness. In addition to all types of traffic accidents, our Portland personal injury lawyers represent victims of accidents at work; severe mistakes by doctors; and injuries caused by defective products. Under Maine state law, these victims can claim financial compensation for all of their medical costs, any income they lose because of their injuries and compensation for the injuries themselves, including a wrongful death or a permanent disability. Our goal is to get our clients the money they need so they can focus on making the fullest recovery possible — physically, emotionally and financially.

If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a Maine car accident that was someone else’s fault, Peter Thompson & Associates can tell you more about your rights at a consultation. To reach our Portland and Bangor offices, you can contact us online or call toll-free at 1-800-804-2004.

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