Earlier this week, a collision in Portland, ME nearly claimed the life of a Portland woman. According to a recent news report, the collision occurred on Interstate 295, near mile marker 6. Evidently, at around 1:30 am, police began receiving reports of a car traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-295.
Before police could respond to the calls, they received another report of a head-on collision in Falmouth, just a few miles from where callers reported seeing the wrong-way driver. The woman who was heading southbound was taken to the hospital in serious condition. She is expected to recover.
Police are still investigating the accident, however, they told reporters that they believe the wrong-way driver was intoxicated. He now faces aggravated DUI charges.
Recovering After a Maine DUI Accident
Although the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are commonly known, motorists continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. In fact, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of Maine car accidents year after year. For example, recent statistics indicate that more than 40 people die each year in Maine DUI car accidents. This accounts for nearly a third of all fatal traffic accidents in the state.
After a serious car accident of any kind, accident victims are entitled to bring a legal claim against the at-fault driver seeking monetary compensation. These personal injury lawsuits can provide accident victims with much-needed compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as the pain and suffering they endured due to the accident.
However, proving a personal injury case is not always easy. In Maine, to recover financial compensation from another driver after a car accident, you must prove that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused your damages. Of course, in the case of DUI accidents, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered negligent conduct. Thus, these cases often come down to the causation element.
While the damages element is not usually a bar to an accident victim’s recovery, it is important that victims discuss their case with an attorney before settling with an insurance company. This is because an insurance company rarely offers accident victims fair compensation for what they’ve been through without fear of litigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Maine Drunk Driving Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been hurt in a Maine DUI accident, reach out to the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we aggressively represent individuals who were injured in car accidents of all types, including OUI accidents. We pride ourselves in maintaining a professional, yet approachable demeanor, and value each of the relationships we form with our clients. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our Maine personal injury lawyers, give us a call at 800-804-2004 today. Calling is free, and we will never bill you for our services unless we can help you recover for your injuries.