One man was seriously injured in a recent one-vehicle accident on Route 17 in Union. According to Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, 32-year-old Randy Heald of Jefferson was headed east on the highway near Wottons Mill Road when he allegedly encountered black ice and lost control of his GMC pick-up truck. The vehicle reportedly slid sideways, crossed into oncoming traffic, and landed upside down in a nearby ditch. Carroll stated that emergency responders were required to extricate Heald’s 28-year-old passenger, Derek Hinkley, from the pick-up following the wreck. Although Heald was reportedly unhurt in the crash, Hinkley was taken by emergency helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with suspected head, neck and back injuries.
After the crash, road crews reportedly dropped sand on a large stretch of Route 17 in a purported attempt to alleviate some of the danger associated with the black ice. Carroll said he hoped the accident would remind motorists to remain alert to all roadway conditions.
Motor vehicle wrecks can be caused by any number of factors, including road conditions. Unfortunately too many drivers fail to adjust their speed when faced with winter weather, road construction, and other factors. All motorists in Maine are required to drive at a reasonable and prudent speed based on current road conditions. A passenger or other motorist who was hurt in a wreck that was caused by someone who failed to exercise reasonable care may be eligible to recover damages for their medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain, suffering, and temporary or permanent disability.
In the State of Maine, accident responsibility is attributed based upon modified comparative fault. This means a motorist who was more than 50 percent responsible for his or her accident injuries may not collect damages as a result of a crash. In addition, any damages you may receive following a collision will be reduced based on your percentage of fault. The victim of an injury accident must also demonstrate that his or her harm directly resulted from the collision. If you have questions about an injury you received in a motor vehicle wreck, you should contact a qualified car accident attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
If you were hurt in a Maine car accident, do not hesitate to give the lawyers at Briggs & Wholey a call at (888) 596-1099 today. Our committed Maine car accident attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping clients who were injured in an unexpected automobile collision receive the compensation they deserve based on the severity of their injuries and the facts of their case. At Briggs & Wholey, our dedicated team of lawyers is available to answer any questions you may have and assist you with filing your personal injury claim. Our knowledgeable attorneys represent hurt and disabled clients throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a capable personal injury lawyer, contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.
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