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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:

According to a recent article a small plane crashed in Litchfield, Maine, claiming the lives of two individuals. The Kennebec County sheriff’s office confirmed the tragic deaths. The ill-fated flight, identified as WIG634, took off from Lewiston’s municipal airport on what was described as a routine training flight. The plane, a Beechcraft Model 99, was not carrying cargo at the time of the crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The identities of the victims, who were part of the flight crew, have not been disclosed out of respect for their families and friends.

When it comes to personal injury cases stemming from aviation incidents, the experienced team at Peter Thompson & Associates is dedicated to helping victims seek justice and compensation.

Understanding Airplane Accidents:

According to a recent article, a deadly wrong-way crash claimed the lives of three individuals, shedding light on the devastating consequences of such accidents. The crash unfolded around 9:40 p.m. when a 2018 Honda Civic traveled southbound on the northbound side of the Maine Turnpike at a high rate of speed. The collision occurred near mile marker 45 in South Portland, resulting in a fiery crash.

The Alarming Trend:

Wrong-way accidents occur when a vehicle travels against the flow of traffic on a roadway. Despite stringent traffic laws and safety measures, these incidents have posed a serious threat to public safety.

Accidents happen, but when those accidents are the result of a defective product, the consequences can be unexpected. In these situations, you need experienced legal representation to ensure your rights are protected.

Defective products encompass a wide range of items, from automobiles and household appliances to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They can cause serious injuries, ranging from burns, cuts, and broken bones to life-altering conditions and, tragically, even death.

Understanding Defective Products:

Maine’s rugged wilderness and rich wildlife make it a popular destination for hunting enthusiasts. However, with the thrill of the hunt comes the potential for accidents. In unfortunate situations, hunting accidents can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.

Common Causes of Hunting Accidents

  • Failure to Identify the Target: One of the most prevalent causes of hunting accidents is a hunter mistaking a person for game. This can occur due to poor visibility, inadequate lighting, or an overeager trigger finger.

Maine’s Liquor Liability Act is a crucial piece of legislation that aims to hold establishments accountable for overserving clearly intoxicated customers. The law holds these establishments partially responsible for the consequences of their patrons’ actions.

According to a recent article, a tragic car crash in Maine has sparked legal action against four bars and restaurants for their alleged involvement in the incident. The lawsuit filed by the parents of a 23-year-old individual involves multiple establishments, including a pub, a sports bar, a gentlemen’s club, and a popular restaurant chain. The legal action claims that these establishments failed to cease serving alcohol to a 22-year-old individual, who was visibly intoxicated and tragically lost his life in the ensuing car crash.

Maine Liquor Liability Laws Explained:

Maine, like many other states, has specific laws in place to hold establishments accountable for their actions when serving alcohol. These laws are designed to protect individuals from the consequences of alcohol-related accidents and injuries.

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Property owners owe a duty to guests to ensure they are not confronted with unreasonable risks and hazards that may jeopardize their safety. Depending on the role of the guest (i.e., a social visitor, a business invitee or a trespasser), the duty of care owed by the property owner will vary.

Recently, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court – the highest in the state – handed down a ruling on a premises liability lawsuit that underscores the importance of expert witness testimony in some of these cases.

The case of Estate of Smith v. Salvesen is a tragic one. Plaintiff and his wife were in town as guests at a reception held at a local college for which they were benefactors. The pair stayed at a local inn. They were told their suite was on the second floor, but they did not realize it was actually a two-story suit, equipped with stairs in the bedroom that led to the lower level. Continue reading

As reported in the Sun Journal on January 5, 2011

LISBON — A local driver was seriously injured when his car was hit head-on on Route 196 in Lisbon Center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Lisbon police Sgt. Scott Stewart identified the drivers as John Tobin, 62, Diane Smith, 46, and Adam Gamage, 31, all of Lisbon.

As reported in the Bangor Daily News on December 17, 2010

THOMASTON, Maine — A man was injured in a collision between a minivan and pickup truck Friday morning on Route 1 near the Lowe’s store.

At about 7:30 a.m., Kenneth Elwell Sr., 66, who was driving a Regional School Unit 13 van, pulled out of a feed store and in front of a pickup truck heading north in the turning lane on Route 1, police said.

The holidays can be a perfect storm of opportunity for motor vehicle accidents. Often, the weather creates poor road and driving conditions. People are in a rush to get from place to place. Alcoholic beverages are often part of celebrations.

This week, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration issued a press release kicking off the agency’s annual crackdown on holiday drunk driving. Secretary Ray Lahood encouraged local enforcement agencies to adopt the tough “No Refusal” enforcement strategy. States employing this policy allow officers to obtain quick warrants from judges for blood tests when a breathalyzer is refused. According to the Secretary “Drunk driving remains a leading cause of death and injury on our roadways . . . I applaud the efforts of the law enforcement officials who have pioneered the ‘No Refusal’ approach to get drunk drivers off our roads. And I urge other states to adopt this approach to make sure that drunk drivers can’t skirt the law and are held accountable.”

This holiday season, remember to drive safely and soberly. If you have been injured in an accident with an impaired driver, and have questions, contact the team at Peter Thompson and Associates. We have handled thousands of similar claims and recovered millions of dollars for our clients. For a consultation call 1-800-917-1784 or read more on our website,, on our car accident practice page.

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