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Police Claim Livermore Falls Teen Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Jay Was Not Wearing a Seat Belt

107206_buckle_up sxchu username kkiser.jpgA 17-year-old Livermore Falls girl was reportedly killed and two other teens were hurt in a recent motor vehicle crash on Hyde Road in Jay. According to Police Chief Larry White Sr., the three girls were traveling in a Chevrolet sedan when the driver lost control and left the roadway. The automobile allegedly drove into a snow bank before it struck a nearby utility pole. The force of the impact reportedly snapped the utility pole in half.

Following the one-car accident, the front seat passenger was transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where she purportedly died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. White stated that paramedics transported the 17-year-old driver and a 16-year-old passenger to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington with non-life threatening injuries. According to White, both teens were treated and released.

Although the exact cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation, White said the deceased teen was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. She was reportedly thrown into the back seat during the traffic wreck. White added that the driver was wearing a safety belt, but it is unknown whether the other passenger wore hers. Law enforcement officers allegedly believe excessive speed played a role in the deadly traffic wreck. In addition, the results of a standard blood alcohol test are pending.

Despite laws that require motorists and passengers to wear seat belts, an estimated one in seven people throughout the country fail to do so. With limited exception, everyone traveling in an automobile in Maine is required to wear a safety belt. According to the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 53 percent of people killed in an automobile accident in 2009 were not wearing a seat belt. The CDC claims that wearing a safety belt can reduce the risk of death or serious harm for drivers and front seat passengers by almost 50 percent. The CDC also estimates that about 4,000 lives would have been saved in 2009 if more vehicle drivers and passengers had simply chosen to buckle up.

CDC data states that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the nation. In fact, drivers under the age of 19 are reportedly three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a deadly crash. In 2010, more than 280,000 teens aged 16 to 19 were treated in an emergency room for traffic wreck injuries and about 2,700 young lives were lost. According to the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition, 34 percent of all Maine traffic fatalities in 2010 involved a driver between the ages of 16 and 24. Unfortunately, many of those deaths were preventable as only 39 percent of the drivers involved were wearing a seat belt when the deadly collision occurred.

If you were hurt or a loved one died in a Maine traffic wreck, please call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. The hardworking Rockport personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients who were hurt in a tragic vehicle crash. At Briggs & Wholey, our capable lawyers are available to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. Our experienced attorneys assist injured clients and their family members throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated lawyer, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through the law firm’s website.

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The Yellow Dot and the Golden Hour, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 5, 2013
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17-year-old Livermore Falls girl dies after crash, by Donna M. Perry, Bangor Daily News

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