The truth is, an accident can occur on any road, at any time; however, certain roads pose a greater danger than others. Whether it is the way the road is designed, the position of street lights or traffic signals or the amount of traffic at certain times of the day, Maine drivers should be on the lookout for particularly dangerous roads.
According to a recent report, some of the most dangerous roads in Maine include:
- Warren Avenue in Portland;
- The off-ramp I-95 to Haigis Parkway in Scarborough
- Roosevelt Trail in Windham;
- River Road in Mexico;
- Main Street in Saco;
- Pleasant Street in Brunswick;
- Forest Avenue in Portland;
- Main Street in Waterville;
- The I-95 Southbound on-ramp in York; and
- River Road in Bucksport.
Each of these roads saw dozens of crashes, some of which were fatal, between 2019 and 2021.
Can Injured Motorists Pursue a lawsuit After a Serious Maine Car Crash?
Under Maine law, anyone injured in a car accident is legally entitled to bring a personal injury claim against the party or parties they believe to be responsible for the collision. To succeed in a personal injury claim, an injured motorist must be able to show that someone else was legally negligent.
In this context, “negligence” is a legal term with a very specific meaning. To prove another party negligent, you must show that they owed you a duty of care that they violated, either through some action or inaction. Additionally, you must establish that the other party’s negligence was the cause of the accident and that you suffered legally recognizable damages as a result.
In most cases, car accident lawsuits are filed against another driver. While the case is technically against the driver, in the vast majority of cases, it will be defended by the driver’s insurance company. Thus, accident victims must be prepared to go up against highly experienced insurance company lawyers whose sole job is to limit the amount of money the company must pay out when facing a claim.
In certain situations, an injured motorist can bring a case against a government entity. This is often the case when a roadway was poorly maintained, for example, if the municipality in charge of the road allowed overgrown foliage to cover up a road sign. However, cases involving government liability are especially complex and require the assistance of an experienced Maine personal injury lawyer.
Have You Been Injured in a Maine Car Accident?
If you or a loved one recently suffered serious injuries in a Maine car accident, reach out to the law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we proudly represent accident victims and their families in all types of personal injury claims, including those stemming from car accidents. Whether an accident was due to a poorly maintained road or a negligent driver, we can help. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call800-804-2004 today. You can also reach us through our online contact form and one of our Maine car accident lawyers will reach out to you shortly.