Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other. This type of car accident can result in severe injury to drivers and passengers. A recent Maine accident demonstrates the serious consequences of a head-on collision.
As a recent news article reported, a head-on collision in Woolwich, Maine, injured two people and killed a dog. The accident occurred when a seafood delivery driver suddenly veered across the roadway and into oncoming traffic. As a result, his delivery van collided with a Subaru head-on. First responders had to remove both drivers from their vehicles. They were transported to the hospital for serious injuries. The Subaru driver’s dog died from the crash. According to local officials, the crash occurred during a period of steady rain.
What Are the Causes of a Head-On Collision?
Many contributing factors can lead to a head-on collision. First, inclement weather may cause the roads to become more slippery, making it harder for drivers to control their vehicles. To prevent a head-on collision, avoid driving in dangerous weather conditions when possible. If you must drive in inclement weather, be sure to drive slowly and look out for any slippery patches on the road. Second, a head-on collision may occur when a driver speeds or attempts to pass a vehicle by veering into the opposite lane. Too often, a driver does not see an oncoming vehicle until it is too late. To stay safe, leave early for your destination so you can resist the urge to speed. Finally, a collision may occur when drivers fail to give their full attention to the road. Distracted driving, drowsy driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can all place you and other drivers at serious risk of a head-on collision. When you get behind the wheel, make sure you focus on the road to avoid a collision.
Can You Sue a Driver’s Employer for a Maine Head-On Collision?
If you suffered harm from a truck or van driver’s negligent operation of their vehicle, you may be able to hold the driver’s employer responsible. Maine law allows people who have experienced injuries from an employee’s negligence to sue the employer under the theory of respondeat superior, which is sometimes referred to as vicarious liability. To hold an employer responsible for its employee’s actions, the plaintiff must prove the employee acted within the course and scope of employment when the injury occurred. Typically, employees act within the scope of employment when they work during their assigned schedule at their usual place of work and perform some activity in furtherance of the employer’s business. For example, if a truck driver injured a driver while completing a delivery, a judge or jury may find that the employer acted within the scope of employment. However, an employee may not have acted within the scope of employment if the employee used the truck for an unauthorized trip. An experienced Maine personal injury attorney can help you understand these complex rules and develop a case theory to hold an employer accountable for an employee’s negligence.
Have You Been Injured in a Maine Head-On Collision?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Maine head-on collision, contact Peter Thompson & Associates today. The attorneys at our firm possess years of experience handling personal injury claims throughout the state of Maine. Our skilled and compassionate representation has led to significant damages awards on behalf of our clients. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office at 800-804-2004 or contact us through our website.