Auto Accidents in Maine
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According to The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, 164 people were killed in car crashes in Maine in 2012 alone and another 981 were seriously injured. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Maine, contact an injury attorney to find out about your rights. When a victim is hurt or killed in an accident that was caused by negligence, they and their families may be entitled to compensation for their medical, funeral and other expenses. To find out more about how to receive compensation, contact The Law Offices of William T. Bly today.
Maine Car Accident Causes
Individuals who are hurt in a car accident that was caused by a negligent party are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries. In order to win their claim, however, it must be shown that the party responsible for the accident was negligent in some way. An accident involves negligence when another party does not act responsible or does not use the degree of care that a reasonable person would. In car accidents involving one or more vehicles, one party is almost always found to be negligent. The following are some of the most common types of negligence that result in car accidents:
Distracted Driver: The number one cause of car accidents in the United States is driver distraction. When a driver takes their attention off of the road for even a second, they are capable of causing a serious accident. Common distractions include texting or looking at cell phones, adjusting the car radio, and having children in the backseat. The Traffic Safety at the American Automobile Association estimated that between 25% and 50% of car accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
Fatigued Driver: The U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every year 100,000 car accidents are caused by drivers who are fatigued. This can include tired drivers who lose focus on the task of driving or driver that actually nod off behind the wheel. Either way, a driver who has not had enough sleep should do the responsible thing and pull off the road.
Driver Error: Many accidents are caused by drives that make a mistake or use poor judgment while driving. An error can be driving too fast for conditions or failing to check around their vehicle before changing lanes. Though a mistake may be innocent enough, there is no excuse for neglecting one's duties as a driver.
Maine Car Accident Injuries
Many car accidents can be very serious leading to injuries that require a lot of treatment and recovery time. When an injury is experienced due to an accident caused by a negligent party, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages from the inability to work and more. Some of the most common injuries victims of car accidents experience include the following:
- Neck Injury – In an accident such as a rear-end collision, victims can experience a sudden impact that they were not prepared for. This situation can cause strain or sprain of the neck muscles or a condition known as whiplash which can require long-term treatment.
- Head or Brain Injury – In serious accidents, a driver or passenger in a vehicle can hit their head causing damage to the face or brain. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 14.3% of traumatic brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents. Brain injuries are very severe and can lead to mood changes, motor function problems and loss of mental capacities.
- Back or Spine Injury – In a car accident, victims can experience severe injury to their spinal cord or back that can have long-term side effects. Sprain or strain of the muscles or soft tissue in the back, as well as disc dislocation, can require numerous treatments to fix. Injury to the spine can be permanent and affect a victim's body in a number of ways include paralysis or a lifetime of pain.
- Wrongful Death – When an individual is killed in an auto accident, their families are entitled to seek compensation for their loss. Wrongful death claims can include compensation for funeral expenses, loss of lifetime earnings potential, loss of companionship and more.
Call a Portland Car Accident Attorney
An injury experienced in a car accident can be debilitating and can lead to long-term pain and suffering. Many injuries, such as whiplash, may take time to develop. Even if you did not seek emergency treatment after your accident, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out more about your rights, contact WTB Law. Call us now for a free consultation.