A 55-year-old Princeton woman died and her 8-year-old grandson was injured in a recent head-on accident in Baring. According to Maine State Trooper Chad Lindsey, Lynn Roderick was driving a Dodge Ram pick-up truck north on Route 1 when she allegedly attempted to pass another automobile. Her pick-up reportedly hit a southbound car driven by 47-year-old Steven Scott of Calais head-on. Lindsey said both cars left the roadway as a result of the crash. He also stated Roderick was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident. She was reportedly ejected from the pick-up truck and pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
Roderick’s grandson was allegedly treated at Calais Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Emergency responders reportedly took the driver of the other vehicle to the same hospital with minor wounds. The exact cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation.
With few exceptions, everyone riding in a motor vehicle in Maine must wear a seatbelt. According to the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 33,000 people in the United States were killed and an additional 2.2 million were hurt in a motor vehicle crash in 2009. 72 percent of people who died in a car accident in 2009 were driving or riding in a passenger automobile or truck. In addition, about 53 percent of individuals killed in a car crash were not wearing a safety belt. Despite laws which require motorists and passengers to wear seatbelts, about one in seven people reportedly still fails to do so.
CDC data states that buckling up can reduce the risk of death or serious harm for drivers and those riding in the front seat by nearly 50 percent. About 75 percent of individuals who are ejected from a motor vehicle during an accident die as a result of the injuries they suffer. The CDC estimates that about 4,000 lives would have been saved in 2009 if more accident victims had simply chosen to buckle up.
If you were hurt or someone you love was killed in an automobile crash, do not hesitate to call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. The dedicated Calais car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals who were hurt as a result of someone else’s negligent act. At Briggs & Wholey, our capable lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death case. Our skilled attorneys assist injured clients and their loved ones throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a quality lawyer, please contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.
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