As a predominantly rural state, Maine’s total accident statistics are generally lower than most states in the United States. However, on a per-capita basis, there has been a rise in pedestrian, auto and bicycle accidents in Maine for 2015, and the statistics are alarming.
How to Avoid Injury as a Maine Pedestrian
With light fading early in the winter months, and the hazards of snow banks and ice on the roads, it’s important to remain visible at all times when you are a pedestrian. When you are walking, try to use sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk at night, make sure to wear reflective clothing and carry a light with you. As a pedestrian, your chances of getting seriously injured if you’re hit by a vehicle are high because you have little protection. Stay safe when walking by paying attention to the traffic around you, paying special attention to any road hazards, and wearing clothing that has reflective qualities at night.
Factors that Contribute to Maine Motor Vehicle Accidents
While weather conditions are often a factor in Maine motor vehicle accidents, alcohol was involved in 44 out of 131 fatalities in 2014. Speeding was a factor in 39 out of the 131 fatalities that same year. In 2005, there were 86 fatalities in motor vehicle accidents that were attributed to speed. To keep yourself safe while driving in a motor vehicle, drive the speed limit and go even slower if the weather conditions are bad. You should never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking alcohol, and you should never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking. Following basic safety laws and staying off the roads when the weather is terrible will reduce your risk of an injury from a motor vehicle accident.
Motorcyclist Fatalities in Maine
In 2014, 11 motorcyclists were killed in Maine, which is down from the 14 killed in 2013. It’s also worth noting that your chances of getting killed go up dramatically if you’re not wearing a helmet. In 2013, 13 out of the 14 motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets. It’s important for both motorcyclists and car/ truck drivers to pay attention while on the road.
Questions about your Accident?
If you have been injured in an accident, it’s time to sit down and talk with an experienced personal injury law firm like Fales Law who can help you get the compensation that you deserve. The first step is to gather any accident reports and witness statements that were written because of the accident. While many people get nervous about filing a personal injury lawsuit, you have the right to compensation.
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