If you, a friend, or a loved one has been victimized by a deadly motor vehicle accident (MVA) in the state of Maine, recovering from such a catastrophic incident can be an extremely difficult process. As the victim of a violent accident, you or someone close to you may have suffered severe or life-threatening injuries and may have sustained extensive physical trauma and emotional strain as a result. Furthermore, you may be burdened with excessive medical bills and vehicle insurance and, as a final resort, require the intervention of a professional accident lawyer. You or your loved one may have been victimized by criminal activity, DUI, or negligence. Despite the complexity of these unfortunate issues, you can discover a vast array of resources that can guide you through each stage of recovery.
If You Cannot Work as the Result of a Catastrophic Accident
In the event that your ability to work has been impaired by an accident, you can turn to multiple resources that will help you receive financial aid and support:
- Social Security Disability in Maine – Resources for Maine residents suffering from a severe impairment or potentially life-threatening personal injuries.
- Supplemental Security Income – Nationwide resources for adult and juvenile victims who do not possess adequate resources for financial aid in the State of Maine.
- Maine State Bar Association – For residents of Maine seeking the representation and assistance of a professional lawyer specializing in car accidents, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and more.
Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?
Injured victims who were harmed in Maine car accidents can retrieve a copy of the police report via the state government’s website, which provides access to the Maine State Police Crash Database. Those searching for police reports will need the name and date of birth of one of the victims involved in the collision, and a credit card for a payment of $10. You also have the option of contacting one of our local car crash lawyers to get a copy of your police accident report completely free of charge.
If you were involved in a car accident in Maine and have been unable to receive a copy of the police report, let us help you get one at no charge.
If You Require Emotional or Psychological Counseling or Additional Therapy
Accidents not only inflict terrible injuries on the body but can also leave a lasting impact on a victim’s mind. If you require emotional support or counseling to cope with your experience in a catastrophic vehicular accident, be sure to visit the links below:
- Maine Psychological Association – Search statewide for psychologists who can help you recover from your traumatic experience with a motor vehicle accident.
- Maine Therapists and Counselors – A directory that allows you to cross-reference therapists and counselors based on specialty, availability, a field of study, and experience.
- Brain Injury Association of America: Maine Chapter – Directory of associations in Maine that provide emotional support and educational resources for victims of traumatic brain injuries and their friends/family.
If You Require Financial Aid for Incidences Resulting from Criminal Activity
You may require additional help for fees related to legal assistance and/or medical bills. If this is the case, be sure to consider the following resources:
- Maine Crime Victims’ Compensation Program – Developed by the Office of the Maine Attorney General, this program seeks to provide a lifeline to victims of catastrophic accidents, including those potentially caused by criminal activity.
- Office for Victims of Crime – A list of programs that victims can explore to seek compensation for accidents caused by violent crimes.
If You Require Aid for Car Insurance and Vehicle Damage
The Maine DMV requires that minimum motor vehicle policies must include the following amounts:
- $50,000 per single injured victim and fatality
- $100,000 per accident for multiple victims or deaths
- $25,000 for damage to property
Vehicular accidents are an unfortunate and tragic part of our lives and can impact victims and their families in terrible, tragic ways. However, you do not have to face these problems alone. Be sure to visit Local Accident Reports for statements related to your accident.
If You or a Loved One Were the Victims of an Accident Caused by DUI
Drunk driving is a terrible offense that can result in severe damages to innocent victims, their families, and friends. As reinforced by state law, the Maine DMV has set the limits of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.08% for adults (21 years and older) and any measurement over 0.0% in juvenile or young adults drivers (younger than 21 years) is not tolerated. Commercial drivers cannot exceed 0.04% BAC.
Currently, Maine ranks 9th among the states with severe problems related to drunk driving incidents. If you, a loved one, or a friend have been victimized by a DUI incident and require more in-depth support, visit the following links:
- Maine MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving seeks to provide endless support for victims of drunk driving incidents in the State of Connecticut. To speak with a representative at the national headquarters, call (877) ASK. MADD or (877) 275.6233. To contact Maine MADD contact the State Office at (207)615.0460 or use the directory to find your local department.
Accident Prevention Services in Maine
In recent years, the State of Maine has established tactics for preventing unfortunate motor vehicle accidents and resulting fatalities.
- MaineDOT Transportation Safety – Sponsored by the Maine Department of Transportation, this program seeks to build relationships with other state groups to improve highway safety on a nationwide level. Resources include links to work safety strategies and crash data for traffic in the State of Maine.
- Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety – A program affiliated with MaineDOT transportation that seeks to improve safety programs for bicyclists and pedestrians. Links will take you to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM), Maine Safe Routes to School (MSRS), and pedestrian/bicyclist crash statistic in the state.
Traffic in Maine
In this section, you can investigate the statistics regarding traffic congestion and the percentage of fatal accidents. As of the year 2016, Maine has a total population of 1,331,479 residents and a relatively low percentage of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents. For more information, check out the data sheets provided by the HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute). While these numbers have updated since this time, this sheet will provide you with a basic layout of Maine’s traffic statistics and help you develop a safer travel plan while visiting the Northeast.
Vehicle Miles Traveled in Maine
- Maine has a total of 14,979 million vehicle miles traveled
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in Maine
- 151 fatal crashes causing 161 deaths overall
- 12.1 deaths per 100 million of the total population of Maine
- 1.07 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
Deaths Related to Motor Vehicle Accidents in Maine
- Car occupants = 64 (40%)
- Pickup/SUV occupants = 55 (34%)
- Large truck occupants = 0 (0%)
- Motorcyclists = 17 (11%)
- Bicyclists = 4 (2%)
- Pedestrians = 17 (11%)
- Total traffic accident fatalities = 161
Single Vehicle vs. Multi-Vehicle Crashes: Maine
- Single-vehicle accidents = 107 (66%)
- Multi-vehicle accidents = 54 (34%)
- Total = 161
Fatalities from DUI Accidents: Maine
- Total deaths = 94
- Drivers with registered BAC results = 53 (56%)
- Drivers with BAC results equal to or greater than 0.08 = unspecified
Use of Restraint: Maine
- Observation of safety belt usage in the State of Maine = 86
- Fatally injured victims-unrestrained = 61 (50%)
- Fatally injured victims-restrained = 57 (47%)
- Fatally injured victims-undisclosed use of restraint = 3 (2%)
- Total of fatal injuries = 121
Rural Accidents vs. Urban Accidents: Maine
- Urban accidents = 28 (17%)
- Rural accidents = 130 (81%)
- Unspecified area = 3 (2%)
- Total = 161