Weekend nights in Maine cities and towns can present an increased danger for traffic accidents and the injuries that the accidents may cause. In addition to the increased traffic resulting from social events, weekend nights also see an increase in drivers who are operating their vehicles while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Alcohol use increases reaction time while impairing judgment and decision-making, significantly increasing the risk of serious consequences from an auto accident. Alcohol appears to have been a factor in a recent multi-car collision near Standish that left several people injured earlier this month.
According to a local news report, the recent crash occurred on a Friday night earlier this month. The driver of a Scion coupe attempted to pass another driver in a pickup truck on Bonnie Eagle Road in Standish when he lost control of the vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic. The Scion driver then crashed head-on into a separate pickup truck. The first truck then collided with both other vehicles, and the coupe ended up crashing into a tree on the side of the road. Although the pictures included in the article show a destructive scene, none of the drivers or occupants involved in the crash were seriously killed, however, several people were transported to local hospitals for treatment. In a statement to the press, local law enforcement officers said that speed and alcohol likely played a role in the cause of the crash.
Drunk drivers and people operating vehicles under the influence of other intoxicating drugs pose a significant threat to other drivers on Maine roads. Drugs and alcohol impair driving skills and decision-making abilities, and drunk drivers are more likely to speed and be involved in dangerous accidents. Drivers who cause an accident may be liable for criminal prosecution for DUI, or even assault charges filed by the state. Victims of a Maine DUI accident are entitled to financial compensation from a drunk or reckless driver who causes a crash. Dangerous drivers need to be held accountable for their reckless decisions, and accident victims should consult with a Maine personal injury attorney to pursue a civil case for damages after a crash.