According to the most recent data from the Maine Department of Transportation, the state has about 23,450 miles of public roadways; this is more miles per person than any other state in New England. While the state engages in various measures to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors, accidents continue to occur at alarming rates. Every year the state spends nearly 20% on measures to control ice and remove snow. Although deicing, plowing, improving traction, and promoting melting all reduce the likelihood of road hazards, winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous.
Weather-related crashes can stem from sudden rainstorms, snow accumulation, black ice, and a host of other events that can impact roads. In these situations, accidents may involve single vehicles to chain-reaction pileups. Every year almost 6,000 people suffer fatal injuries in winter-related accidents. Unlike many other states where snow is a leading culprit, most New England accidents involve rain and slick roads. However, the most dangerous weather events generally involve rain, snow, freezing rain, slush, fog, and wind. When these forces combine, the results can be devastating.
For instance, Maine news reports described a tragic single-vehicle accident. According to reports, the 81-year-old driver lost control of his car, veered off the road, and slammed into a tree. An initial investigation revealed that inclement weather and improper tires likely contributed to the collision. Sadly, the man died at the scene of the accident.
There are many steps that drivers can take to reduce the chance of an accident, such as staying off the roads, driving slowly, keeping distance, and adequately maintaining vehicles. However, despite the best efforts, drivers cannot control the actions of other road users, and accidents can occur. Maine accident victims can seek compensation against any negligent party that caused their injuries in these cases.
The law entitles accident victims to compensation for their financial losses. These losses may include economic and non-economic damages. Compensation may include payments for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and property damage. However, these cases require a comprehensive understanding of complex personal injury laws. An attorney is a valuable resource to ensure that accident victims and their families recover the damages they deserve.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maine Car Accident
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or died in a Maine car accident, contact the lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates. Our firm has been voted the “Best Personal Injury Lawyer” 10 years in a row. The lawyers on our team have extensive experience successfully handling Maine personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims. We provide free initial consultations with our clients to determine whether a viable claim exists. Our priority is ensuring that Maine accident victims get the compensation they deserve after an accident. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.