If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to hire a law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Even if you are not sure exactly what happened, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. The following are all common examples of facts your lawyer may be able to uncover in order to establish a claim for damages.
Distracted drivers kill thousands of people and injure hundreds of thousands more every year. While teenage drivers are the primary culprits, drivers of all ages are prone to allowing distractions to take their eyes and minds off of the road. In busy traffic and at highway speeds, it only takes a momentary lapse in concentration to cause a serious or fatal accident. Some of the most common driving distractions that lead to accidents include:
- Texting, emailing and using social media
- Talking on the phone
- Eating and drinking
- Interacting with passengers
- Setting GPS directions and adjusting the stereo
The Other Driver was Drunk
Drunk drivers are responsible for roughly 30 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in Maine. While many drunk driving cases involve drivers who were driving above the legal limit, it is not necessary for a driver to blow above 0.08 in order to be responsible for the car accident results including your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
The Other Driver made a Driving Error
Of course, drivers who are distracted or drunk are not the only ones who cause vehicle collisions. Accidents occur every day as a result of aggressive driving, negligent driving, and other common driver mistakes. You may be entitled to compensation if your car accident involved:
- Merging without signaling
- Sudden braking
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield a right of way
- Poor driving under dangerous road or weather conditions
This is just a small sampling of some possible causes. Under Maine law, the general rule is this: If someone else was at fault in causing the accident, you are entitled to just compensation.
The Other Driver’s Employer is Responsible for the Driver’s Actions
If the at-fault driver was on the clock at the time of the accident, his or her employer may be financially responsible for your injuries as well. Maine law recognizes a variety of theories under which an employer can be deemed liable for the negligent acts of its employees.
Truck accidents are some of the most common collisions in which employer claims are involved. However, employers can be held liable in numerous other situations as well. If the other driver was on the road as part of his or her job at the time of the truck accident, their employer is at risk of facing a personal injury claim.
If you have been injured in an truck or car accident, we urge you to contact us for a full evaluation of your potential claims. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call (888) 526-9408 or send us an email today.