One woman was killed and another seriously injured when two vehicles were involved in a Maine car accident near St. Albans. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision occurred on Palmyra Road at a time when there were wet road conditions. It is unclear if it was actively raining at the time of the crash. Evidently, a 20-year-old woman driving a 2002 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on Palmyra Road when she inexplicably drifted across the center median into oncoming traffic. As the Camry crossed into traffic, it collided head-on with a Toyota Corolla being driven by a 65-year-old woman.
The older woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the younger driver was seriously injured, including a broken leg. Neither vehicle contained any passengers. Authorities attribute the crash to the wet road conditions, as well as the fact that they believe the driver of the Camry was speeding at the time of the accident. According to the police, both of these factors contributed to her losing control of the vehicle. An investigation is still underway to determine if criminal charges will be brought against the Corolla’s driver.
Maine Wrongful Death Claims
When someone is killed in a Maine car accident, or any other accident involving another’s negligence, the surviving loved ones of the accident victim can pursue a Maine wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Technically, all wrongful death claims must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased; however, these claims are brought for the benefit of the deceased accident victim’s family members. For example, if the accident victim was married with no children, their surviving spouse would be entitled to 100 percent of the proceeds. If the couple had minor children, the proceeds would be split evenly, with 50 percent to the surviving spouse and 50 percent divided among the children.
The available damages depend on the accident, as well as the expenses incurred by the family of the accident victim. However, common damage categories include pecuniary damages resulting to the death, as well as “reasonable expenses of medical, surgical and hospital care and treatment and for reasonable funeral expenses.” In addition, family members may recover up to $500,000 for the loss of “comfort, society and companionship of the deceased,” and an additional $250,000 in punitive damages, if appropriate. Aggrieving family members must bring a Maine wrongful death claim within two years of the death of their loved one.
Have You Lost a Loved One in a Maine Car Accident?
If you have recently lost a loved one in a Maine car accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a Maine wrongful death claim. At the Law Offices of Peter Thompson & Associates, we represent family members who have lost a loved one in all types of accidents, including Maine motor vehicle collisions, instances of medical malpractice, and slip and fall claims. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the losses you and your family have suffered, call 800-804-2004 to schedule a free consultation today.