February 26, 2013

Pedestrian Injured by Negligent Driver While Crossing Route 97 in Friendship

1339523_pedestrian_pictogram sxchu username linder6580.jpgA Union man was hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in Friendship. According to Tim Carroll, Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy, the 19-year-old was crossing Route 97 around 10 am when he was struck by a Toyota van driven by a 48-year-old Friendship woman. Although paramedics initially transported the injured but conscious man to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, he was reportedly taken by emergency helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center for further treatment. The driver of the van was purportedly uninjured in the collision.

The exact cause of the pedestrian accident is currently under investigation by local law enforcement officials. The injured man allegedly told officers he did not look before crossing the roadway. Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Michael Sprague stated a nearby security camera showed the driver who struck the man was unable to avoid the crash as a result of poor roadway conditions.

Data from the Maine Department of Transportation states there were nearly 1,300 pedestrian accidents reported throughout our state between 2006 and 2010. Sadly, 56 of those collisions were fatal and 240 resulted in an incapacitating injury to a pedestrian. In almost all Maine pedestrian crashes reported, the individual who was walking was hurt. Despite the fact that most pedestrian accidents occurred in a town or city, more than half of the 56 fatalities took place in a rural setting.

Oftentimes, individuals who are hit by a motor vehicle suffer catastrophic or life-threatening harm. The victim of a pedestrian accident may sustain a spinal cord, neck, traumatic brain, or other debilitating injury. If you were hurt in a Maine pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. Because accident responsibility in the State of Maine is attributed based upon modified comparative fault, a pedestrian or other accident victim may not collect damages if he or she was more than 50 percent responsible. Additionally, any damages a victim may receive will be reduced based on his or her percentage of fault. If you were injured in an unexpected traffic wreck, you should contact a qualified car accident attorney to discuss your options for recovery.

If you were hurt in a Maine pedestrian accident, call Briggs & Wholey, LLC toll free at (888) 596-1099 today. The dedicated Portland car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals who were hurt in an unexpected traffic crash. At Briggs & Wholey, our knowledgeable attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury claim. Our experienced advocates help injured clients receive the compensation they deserve throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a capable lawyer, please contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.

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Additional Resources:

Pedestrian struck by van in Friendship, by Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News

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