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One Dead, Two Hurt Following Van Buren Auto Accident

774605_car_accident_2 sxchu username Kunstkopf0.jpgOver the recent Labor Day Weekend, one man was killed and two people were injured in an automobile accident on Route 1 in Van Buren. According to Van Buren Police Sgt. Luc Dyer, 41-year-old Scott Cormier of Van Buren was headed northbound on the roadway at a high rate of speed when the GMC Yukon he was driving hit the back of a Mercury Grand Marquis. The force of the impact allegedly forced the Grand Marquis off of the roadway. Dyer stated the vehicle narrowly missed a house, and came to rest in a nearby ditch. Cormier’s vehicle also left the roadway as a result of the accident. The Yukon reportedly became airborne, flew over a guardrail, and landed in a nearby ravine where it subsequently became engulfed in flames.

Cormier was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his vehicle. Sadly, Cormier was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Emergency responders reportedly transported the driver of the Grand Marquis, 71-year-old Joseph Parent of Connecticut, and his female passenger to Cary Medical Center in Caribou for treatment of the injuries they sustained in the collision. Dyer stated he believes both individuals in the Grand Marquis were wearing safety belts.

The exact cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the Van Buren Police Department and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. After Cormier’s vehicle was extinguished by local firefighters, Route 1 remained closed for approximately four hours.

In Maine, drivers are required to maintain a reasonable speed based upon roadway conditions and other factors. Regrettably, too many drivers speed and engage in other unsafe behaviors on the many two-lane roadways throughout the state. As was unfortunately the case here, such carelessness often results in personal injury or death.

If you were injured by a careless or negligent driver, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other damages. In order to collect damages related to a Maine car accident, you must be able to demonstrate that the driver who caused your injury was more to blame for your harm than you were and that your injuries directly resulted from the collision.

If you were injured in a car or other accident in Maine, contact the knowledgeable Rockport automobile crash lawyers at Briggs & Wholey today. The dedicated attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 25 years of experience helping those who were hurt in an unexpected accident recover the compensation their injuries merit. At Briggs & Wholey, our hardworking team of lawyers is available to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury claim. Our capable attorneys represent the victims of careless or negligent drivers throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, please call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099 or contact our skilled lawyers through the law firm’s website.

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A Day on the Water Can End in Disaster if Involved in a Boating Accident, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 8, 2012
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Additional Resources:

Driver dies in Van Buren accident; road closed for nearly four hours, by Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News

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