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One Person Ejected, Another Hurt in Single-Vehicle Crash on I-95 Near Pittsfield

65898_emergency_room sxchu username Bubbels.jpgTwo New York residents were hurt in a recent single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Pittsfield, Maine. According to the Maine State Police, a Toyota passenger vehicle that was carrying two people was headed north on the roadway when the driver encountered a slower moving vehicle in the same lane of travel. Police stated the driver of the Toyota swerved to the left in order to avoid striking the vehicle and lost control. As a result, the Toyota left the roadway and rolled into the median where it came to rest in a group of trees.

According to State Trooper Chris Carr, it is unclear who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the afternoon traffic wreck. A male occupant who was apparently not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the car during the crash. A female occupant reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the rollover. Following the accident, emergency responders transported both of the Toyota’s occupants to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield by ambulance.

The exact cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the Maine State Police. Carr stated although it does not appear that alcohol played a role in the accident, speed was likely a contributing factor.

Despite that most motorists and passengers who travel in a vehicle in Maine are required to wear safety belts, an estimated one in seven people still fail to do so. Data compiled by the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about 53 percent of individuals who died in a car wreck in 2009 were not wearing a safety belt. According to the CDC, wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of death or serious injury for drivers and passengers riding in the front seat by nearly 50 percent. The CDC also claims that an estimated 4,000 lives would have been saved in 2009 if more motorists and passengers had simply buckled up.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a single-vehicle or other traffic accident, you should give the dedicated lawyers at Briggs & Wholey, LLC a call toll free at (888) 596-1099. The knowledgeable Pittsfield car accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience helping people who were hurt in an unexpected traffic accident collect the damages they deserve. At Briggs & Wholey, our caring lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death case. Our experienced attorneys are available to assist injured clients throughout Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a capable advocate, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.

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Two people, one seriously injured, were hospitalized after I-95 car crash north of exit 138, by Doug Harlow, Kennebec Journal

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