January 29, 2013

Maine Department of Transportation Reacts to Safety Concerns at Blue Hill Intersection

1265027_roundabout sxchu username ColinBroug.jpgSoon, Blue Hill will become the first town in Hancock County to install a traffic roundabout. The State of Maine purportedly designated the Tenney Hill intersection where four state routes meet, Routes 15, 172, 175, and 176, as a high collision area. Consequently, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently awarded a contract to replace the traditional intersection to an Ellsworth construction company. By installing a roundabout, the state reportedly hopes to keep traffic flowing as well as reduce the number and severity of future traffic wrecks. The overall cost of the construction contract is allegedly $842,000.

A Spokesperson for MDOT, Ted Talbot, said the department assigns each intersection in Maine a crash rating based upon the number of traffic accidents that occur in a particular location during any given three-year-period. Between January 2009 and December 2011, the Blue Hill intersection was reportedly the site of 13 wrecks. Approximately half of those crashes left someone injured.

According to Paul MacDonald, MDOT's Project Manager for the roundabout plan, no drivers will be required to turn left once the roundabout is in place. MacDonald said the change will reduce the number of injury accidents at the intersection by as much as 76 percent. Construction on the project will reportedly begin in early spring and is scheduled to be completed before September.

Car accidents in Maine may be caused by any number of factors including motorist negligence and poorly designed roadways. A passenger or driver who was hurt in a collision that was caused by someone else may be entitled to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and temporary or permanent disability.

In Maine, vehicle accident responsibility is determined based upon modified comparative fault. This means a driver who was more than 50 percent responsible for his or her accident injuries cannot collect financial compensation from another driver. In addition, any damages received following a wreck will be reduced based on an injured person's percentage of fault. If you have questions about an injury you received in an automobile crash, you are advised to contact a skilled car accident attorney to discuss your options for recovery as soon as you are able.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a car accident in Maine, you should call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. The hardworking Blue Hill personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients who were hurt by a careless, inattentive, or negligent driver. At Briggs & Wholey, our dedicated lawyers are available to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. Our competent attorneys assist injured clients and their loved ones throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through the law firm's website.

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Two hurt in Three-Vehicle Crash on Carl Broggi Highway in East Lebanon, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 24, 2013

"I'll Have Another." Maine Liquor Liability, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 24, 2013

Additional Resources:

Roundabout en route to save dangerous Blue Hill intersection, by Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News

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ColinBroug, Stock.xchng