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Woman Hurt in Pedestrian Accident Seeks Traffic Improvements at Dover Intersection

1375248_untitled sxchu username JosephHart.jpgA young woman who was struck by a vehicle while using a crosswalk in Dover has started a local petition to make improvements at the intersection. In August, Jaclyn Cote allegedly suffered numerous injuries when she was hit by a car at the intersection of Chestnut and Third Streets. As a result of the accident, Cote reportedly suffered a fractured pelvis and several other broken bones. In addition, she purportedly spent several days in a local hospital and still requires physical therapy for some of her wounds.

Not long after her pedestrian accident, Cote learned that more than 50 additional traffic incidents occurred at the same intersection over the last 10 years. At least one crash at the same location resulted in a pedestrian’s death. In an effort to increase awareness regarding the allegedly unsafe intersection, Cote started a petition that asks the city to install a push-button pedestrian light at the crosswalk. Cote said she understands that such a measure might be costly, but she believes safety at the intersection should be addressed. Cote also stated that raised curbs and additional lighting would help to increase pedestrian safety.

The Dover Community Services Department recently announced that lighted signs designed to warn drivers regarding the upcoming crosswalk will soon be installed in the middle of the block near the intersection where Cote was injured. In addition, a downtown Capital Improvements Program will reportedly make traffic safety enhancements to a number of intersections throughout the community in the future.

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, there were almost 1,300 pedestrian accidents reported throughout the state between 2006 and 2010. 56 of those crashes resulted in death and 1,226 caused injury to a pedestrian. 240 accidents reportedly resulted in an incapacitating injury to someone who was traveling on foot. Although most collisions with a motor vehicle occurred in cities and towns, more than half of Maine pedestrian fatalities took place in a rural setting.

Unfortunately, pedestrians who are struck by a motor vehicle often suffer catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. The victim of such an accident may sustain a traumatic brain, spinal cord, neck, or other injury. If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident in Maine, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, and other damages. A skilled personal injury lawyer can describe your options for recovery in more detail.

If you were hurt or a family member was killed in an accident with a car, you should call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. The hardworking Dover personal injury 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 experienced lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your injury claim. Our committed attorneys assist injured clients and their loved ones throughout Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a capable lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.

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Petition for safer crosswalk in Dover gets attention, by Michelle Kingston, Fosters Daily Democrat

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