Two men were killed recently after the Chevrolet pick-up truck they were traveling in hit a wall in Lebanon. According to the York County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal single-vehicle crash occurred just after midnight at the intersection of Upper Cross and Center Roads. Officers are unsure exactly why the driver of the pick-up, 54-year-old James Ham of Lebanon, lost control of the vehicle. Both the driver and 44-year-old William Barker of Somersworth, New Hampshire reportedly died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the accident. Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole said neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
A few minutes after the accident occurred, rescue crews allegedly arrived at the crash scene to find both men unconscious and trapped inside of the mangled pickup. The Lebanon Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the injured passengers from the vehicle, but one of the men reportedly died before emergency crews could reach him. The other man was transported to the Maine Medical Center with serious injuries via a medical helicopter. Sadly, he later died at the hospital.
The cause of the fatal wreck is currently under investigation. Law enforcement officers closed Center Street for about five hours in order to reconstruct the tragic crash. Approximately 12 serious accidents have been reported in Lebanon in recent months. This is the second fatal automobile wreck in the town since July. Cole stated that responding to so many crashes has increasingly taken an emotional toll on rescue volunteers in the community.
In Maine, you may file a lawsuit against a person or company who caused the death of your family member through an act of negligence or carelessness. In order to file a wrongful death, or survival action, lawsuit you must be the surviving spouse or minor child of the deceased. In limited circumstances, however, an heir to the person who was killed may instead file a wrongful death claim.
Before pursuing a wrongful death action, someone must be designated the personal representative of the decedent. This may be done through a will or other appointment. Next, the personal representative must be able to demonstrate that the individual or company accused of causing their loved one’s death was more responsible for the injury than the decedent. Additionally, the personal representative must be able to show the death directly resulted from the actions of the negligent party. If you lost a close relative in a tragic accident in Maine, you should contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer to discuss your right to recovery.
If you lost your spouse in an automobile or other accident, you should contact the experienced Dover, Maine wrongful death attorneys at Briggs & Wholey today. The hardworking lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 25 years of experience representing those who lost a loved one in a tragic and unexpected accident. At Briggs & Wholey, our capable team of attorneys is available to answer your questions and help you file your wrongful death case. Our diligent lawyers represent clients who are located throughout Maine. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer, call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099, or contact us through our website.
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Four Injured in Farmingdale Head-On Collision, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 6, 2012
Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Single-Car Accident that Killed One Passenger and Injured Two, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 14, 2012
Somersworth, N.H., Lebanon, Maine men killed in accident, by Michele Kingston, Fosters Daily Democrat
Authorities identify men killed in crash as from Somersworth, Lebanon, by Liz Markhlevskaya, Fosters Daily Democrat
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