Drivers are often helpless to prevent rear-end collisions when they see a car careening toward them in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, these types of collisions are all too common: nearly 28% of all crashes reported a rear-end collision as the first harmful event causing the crash in the United States in 2020. Over 2,000 of these were fatal, and over 400,000 produced an injury. A further one million crashes resulted in only property damage. And a single rear end accident can cause a chain of events that result in more accidents.

According to a recent article, two people were hospitalized after a four-car accident in Augusta, Maine. A vehicle slowed down due to traffic, causing a vehicle four cars behind to rear end the car in front of it, beginning a chain reaction and badly damaging at least two of the vehicles. The accident occurred on a bridge, potentially limiting exit options for drivers who may have wished to get out of the way of the collisions.

What to Do If You’re Rear Ended

If you’ve been rear ended by another vehicle, don’t panic. First, do not hesitate to get checked out by a doctor or emergency medical professional. You may have injuries that you do not feel because of adrenaline, and some injuries do not come to the forefront until hours or days after an accident. Even a low-impact accident can cause whiplash or injuries from seatbelt pressure. More severe injuries can include head injuries and concussions, chronic lower back pain, broken bones, or even bleeding in the brain.

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A motor vehicle accident can happen at any moment, and understanding what to do after an accident can be especially daunting because of its unexpectedness and the complexities of the unique circumstances in each case. In addition to navigating insurance claims, you may also consider filing claims in court to potentially recover compensation for any losses you experienced as a result of the accident. This may include medical expenses due to serious injuries. When there are multiple people and multiple vehicles involved in an accident, it may also require an investigation into who the at-fault driver is, and which parties are responsible

According to a recent news report, three individuals were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Casco, Maine. A 69-year-old driver of a truck was heading eastbound on Roosevelt Trail when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck three other vehicles. The truck first hit a black Jeep SUV, next struck a white Chevy Malibu, and then hit a brown Chrysler 200. The driver of the black Jeep SUV was uninjured, while the driver of the Chevy Malibu was taken to the hospital with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and the driver of the Chevy Malibu was flown to a local hospital for serious injuries that are considered life-threatening. The 69-year-old driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Car Accident Liability in Maine: Negligence and At-Fault Drivers

T-bone accidents are a dangerous type of car accident. They occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, creating a T-bone shape when the two vehicles collide. Intersections are a common site of T-bone accidents, usually after a driver runs through a stop sign and crashes into a car traveling across the perpendicular road. Unfortunately, due to the immense force of a T-bone collision, these accidents can often result in severe injury or death.

According to a recent news article, two people were hospitalized after a T-Bone crash in St. Albans, Maine. The accident occurred after two vehicles, which held five total occupants, crashed at an intersection. Two people were transported to the hospital, and both cars were totaled.

What Are the Causes of T-Bone Accidents?

T-bone accidents frequently occur at an intersection when a driver runs through a stop sign or red light or fails to abide by another traffic signal, such as a yield sign. Drivers may ignore a traffic sign for several reasons. First, they may be distracted or attempting to multitask, such as talking on the phone while driving. To avoid a T-bone collision, keep your eyes on the road and avoid making any calls while operating a vehicle. Second, a driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so avoid drinking and driving at all costs. A T-Bone collision may also occur at night if drivers cannot see a traffic signal ahead of them. If you are driving at night, be sure to use your headlights so you have a clear view of a stop or yield sign before you approach an intersection.

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When a victim dies in a car accident that resulted from the careless actions of another driver, the victim’s family members may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Even though no amount of money can fully compensate for the loss of a loved one, seeking damages in a wrongful death claim can begin to address the immediate economic issues that arise following a loved one’s death.

Too often, car accidents can prove to be fatal events. As a recent news article reported, a vehicle collision in Waterboro, Maine left two people dead and two others injured. According to local police, the accident occurred when a van traveling south collided with another vehicle driving north. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The van’s two passengers were transported to the hospital to treat their injuries.

What Damages are Available After a Fatal Car Accident in Maine?

While no amount of money can fully compensate for the loss of a loved one, a plaintiff in Maine can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after a victim dies in a car accident. Maine primarily allows the deceased victim’s estate or the victim’s family to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the family members were the victim’s dependents. A wrongful death lawsuit can seek economic damages, such as medical and funeral expenses, along with the deceased victim’s lost wages. Additionally, the victim’s loved ones can sue for damages that are more difficult to quantify. These include the loss of the deceased victim’s companionship and comfort, along with emotional distress damages arising from the accident that led to the victim’s death.

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In an intense, action-packed movie, there may be various scenes involving high-speed chases, vehicles flipping over, and dramatic crashes. When these types of crashes happen in the real world, it can lead to devastating outcomes and can happen for a variety of reasons. Because of the large size of semi-trucks, which have a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds in the United States, an accident involving a semi-truck can take hours to clear up. When a semi-truck rolls over after striking an object such as another car, the collision of its wheels with the object may cause a specific force on the wheels that leads to the semi-truck to rollover. When a semi-truck driver loses control of a vehicle, it may cause the wheels to skid and the vehicle to flip over. This can be due to speed, improperly loading cargo, distracted driving, or other reasons.

According to a recent news report, a crash in Poland, Maine occurred that resulted in a semi-truck landing on top of a Ford pickup truck. The Sheriff’s Office believes that the Ford pickup truck pulled out in front of an oncoming FedEx semi-truck and that the semi-truck could not avoid the crash. The semi-truck ended up rolling on top of the Ford pickup, and a third vehicle was additionally involved. Miraculously, the driver of the Ford pickup was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Negligence and Truck Rollovers in Maine

Unfortunately, automobile accidents can injure not only the people directly involved but also anyone subject to the chain reaction they cause. At the end of September, a collision on the highway in Maine ended up causing a second collision three miles away. This second collision left one man dead, according to reports from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

News articles indicate that a two-vehicle crash occurred on a Saturday morning in what was initially a relatively minor incident. One driver, operating an SUV, went into the passing lane while a driver nearby moved into the right lane. Both drivers were traveling at a high rate of speed, and the SUV rear-ended the second car as it was moving into the right lane.

The drivers and passengers from this original accident suffered only minor injuries. The highway was, however, severely congested for a while after the incident occurred. Forty minutes after the rear-end collision, a BMW was rear-ended by a second car three miles away. The Maine Department of Public Safety reports that this second crash was caused by traffic slowing in the area from the initial crash a few miles down the highway.

Approximately 25% of all vehicle-related accidents can be attributed to backing up. This has contributed to over 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year. But less than 1% of a driver’s time behind the wheel is spent on reversing.

According to a recent article, a 2-year-old boy was involved in a tragic accident that led to his death in Naples, Maine. The boy’s father was backing out of the driveway at his residence in a pickup truck, but he unfortunately could not see the child in his way. Life-saving measures failed to revive the boy.

Accidents like these are devastating but can often be preventable. Drivers can follow safety tips to ensure back-up accidents are minimized. When drivers fail to follow tips, victims should call a personal injury attorney to discuss any potential claims. While monetary compensation cannot heal the wounds created by these tragic accidents, it can ease the logistical and financial pains that occur.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 633 people died in drowsy-driving crashes in 2020. The NHTSA attributes diminished work-life balance because of a more technologically advanced and connected world to low sleep quality, which is a factor in many fatigued driving incidents. Although the NHTSA acknowledges that fatigued driving is a problem, determining a precise number of crashes and injuries from fatigued driving is difficult, and crash investigators cannot always directly identify an accident caused by a drowsy driver. Fatigued driving crashes are often single-driver crashes that occur when people experience dips in their circadian rhythm late at night and in the late afternoon. But NHTSA acknowledges that sleepiness can cause crashes at any time and in myriad ways, including in ways that injure other drivers, as evidenced by one recent accident.

According to a recent article, three people were injured in a crash in Fairfield, Maine. Both drivers in the two-car crash and a passenger were taken to the hospital but have since been released. A 36-year-old man drove across the center line at around 9 p.m., hitting a 68-year-old man driving a truck and his passenger. Police are still investigating the crash but say driver fatigue is a possible factor.

Alert Driving Tips

Everyone has a duty to drive safely on the roads we share. While it can be easy to be angry at fatigued drivers, there’s a good chance everyone has been in a situation where they should not have been behind the wheel at the end of a long day. Look out for your fellow drivers and stay alert with these tips from the NHTSA.

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If you’re in an accident in Maine, whether a car accident or a slip-and-fall, you may be wondering if you’ll be saddled with the expenses required to treat your injuries, restore your property, and compensate your time away from work. Maybe you contributed in some small way to your accident, such as speeding slightly or not carefully inspecting the walkway, and you’re worried you may not be able to recover any costs at all.

To recover damages in a personal injury case, you must establish the negligence of the person you are trying to recover from. This means this person owed you a duty of care and breached that duty in a way that caused your injury, which basically establishes fault. Different states use different negligence systems that can create a confusing legal environment for personal injury litigants. Some states say that victims cannot recover any damages at all if they were at fault even in a small way in an accident. Others allow for recovery, but damages will be reduced by the percentage a jury finds you to be at fault. Others allow recovery if you are found either equally at fault or less than equally at fault. In Maine, if you are 49% or less at fault, you are allowed to recover damages in a personal injury case. This is called a modified comparative negligence system.

Modified Comparative Negligence in Maine

As stated above, Maine’s negligence rule means that you will recover as long as a jury determines you were less than 49% at fault in the accident—meaning you cannot recover if you are “equally at fault.” If you are less than 49% at fault but more than 0% at fault, your recoveries will be reduced to the extent the jury finds is “just and equitable” considering your actions and share of responsibility.

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Maine e-bike accident levels have continued to rise as e-bike usage climbs throughout the nation and the state of Maine. Nationally, the sale of e-bikes has rapidly increased, with roughly 804,000 sold in 2021, up from only about 152,000 in 2016, according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. E-bikes are a popular vehicle option for several reasons, including convenience, costs savings on gas, and reduced environmental impact relative to cars.

Unfortunately, e-bikes pose an elevated risk relative to conventional bicycles due to the greater velocity of e-bikes. The greater power and subsequent velocity that riders receive from e-bikes places riders at increased risk of accidents, and greater harm resulting from such accidents. In fact, a 2020 study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Injury Prevention, found that riders of e-bikes are more likely to require hospitalization following accidents than riders of manual bicycles.

Recently, a news article by the New York Times detailed the tragic death of a 12-year-old female rider of an e-bike who died after the e-bike got out of control, resulting in an accident. According to the article, the accident occurred after the rider and a friend rode an e-bike to the top of a hill. They rode the e-bike down the hill when it rapidly began to pick up speed. At that point, the rider tried to engage the brakes, but the front wheel began to wobble, and she lost control, throwing both of them from the e-bike. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she underwent several brain surgeries. She never regained consciousness. Both passengers were wearing helmets while using the e-bike. The article states that the disc brakes used for the e-bike in conjunction with a quick-release mechanism for detaching the front wheel are well-known safety hazards in the bike industry.

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