A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 25-year-old Brunswick woman Sunday night, the Kennebec Journal reported July 13. Rachel Mooney was a passenger in a car driven by Matthew Doucette, 27, of Portland. According to Maine state police, Doucette’s vehicle went off the road on Interstate 295, near the Bowdoinham exit (exit 37) and hit several trees. More details were not immediately available, but police said speed and alcohol are both believed to be factors. Doucette was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police are still investigating this crash, and we don’t have enough details now to pin down a cause. However, the crash involved only one vehicle, and the police said speed and alcohol were factors. Unless an unnamed vehicle was involved, it’s likely that this means Doucette, the driver, was speeding and may have been drinking. If that’s the case, he could be charged in the crash with a crime such as aggravated OUI or drunk-driving manslaughter. In addition to the potential jail or prison time and other penalties they carry, these charges can also hurt a driver’s defense in any Maine drunk driving lawsuit that the victims and their families may file.
When most people think of drunk driving claims, they think of accidents in which an intoxicated driver hits another vehicle driven by a sober stranger, causing catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. But in many cases I’ve seen as a Maine OUI accident lawyer, the victims are also people who were riding in the car with the intoxicated driver, placing their trust in someone who doesn’t deserve it. In Maine, people injured in this type of accident may still recover compensation for their injuries and costs, as long as a jury believes they are less than 50% at fault for the accident. However, people who do bear some fault for the accident may have their compensation reduced by the amount of fault they bear. A good Bangor drunk driving accident attorney can tell you more about how this could work in your case.
Based in Portland and Bangor, Maine, Peter Thompson & Associates represents people from around the state (and visitors to Vacationland) who were seriously injured in traffic accidents caused by someone else’s carelessness. That includes accidents caused by an irresponsible intoxicated driver. In a Portland intoxicated driving lawsuit, victims can claim compensation for the serious injuries an OUI accident can cause, including permanent disability or disfigurement and wrongful death. They may also claim all of the costs of the accident, including past and future medical costs, lost income from missing work and the cost of a “totaled” vehicle. As experienced injury attorneys, we believe it’s our job to help clients get the accident settlement they’re legally entitled to, so they can get the care and financial support they need and eventually move on.
If you or a loved one was hurt in Maine by a drunk driver and you’d like to learn more, Peter Thompson & Associates offers initial consultations at no cost or further obligation to you. To set one up, please contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-804-2004.