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Car accidents: Drunk driver sentenced to months behind bars

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous and irresponsible. Driving while intoxicated is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Maine and across the United States. According to recent statistics, alcohol-related crashes account for almost one third of all traffic-related fatalities. Those who choose to drive while intoxicated endanger the lives of all those around them and can face years of jail time.

A man from Castine was recently ordered to spend 18 months in jail after a crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle and injured another. Reports said the man's SUV exited the roadway and overturned. Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle, police reports said. Allegedly, no one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

Sometimes surgeries cause more issues than they fix

Surgery is a relatively invasive medical intervention. Typically, doctors will not recommend surgery unless other, less invasive, options will not work. After all, every surgery presents risks for complications. Some people can have negative reactions to anesthesia used in surgery. Other people may have bleeding issues that they don't know about until the surgery happened. Sometimes, the risk of infection is also a concern.

Thankfully, modern medicine has enough safeguards in place to limit the risks associated with surgery. However, no amount of medical and technological advancement can protect patients from the mistakes that doctors make. These mistakes can happen more frequently than you imagine, and they are also likely underreported.

Premises liability: Thousands are injured every year

Of the few guarantees in life, one is that accidents are going to happen. In Maine, premises liability laws say that property and business owners must provide a safe, hazard-free environment to prevent accidents and injuries to those who are lawfully visiting their properties. Things like cleaning spillage, removing hazards and routine maintenance are a few examples of basic precautions that go a long way in preventing accidents. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these routine tasks to be neglected, which can lead to injuries to visitors.

A woman in another state claims that she was injured while visiting a hospital, and she has filed a lawsuit. According to the claim, the woman was visiting a relative who was a patient in the hospital. Allegedly, the plaintiff encountered a liquid substance on the floor that caused her to slip and fall.

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If you've been in an accident or somehow injured due to someone else's carelessness, there are many questions probably rolling in. Income is a big problem for many people, and when an injury caused by someone else's negligence interrupts normal work and life habits, you may be unsure how to pick up the pieces again.

Get ready for your Labor Day travels

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the summer season. Some individuals choose to head out to enjoy the long weekend. If you are going to do this, you must ensure that you are ready for the trip. With the number of drivers on the roads, there is an increased chance of accidents.

Unfortunately, not everyone is going to drive safely. Even when you are driving as safely as possible, there is a chance that another driver won't do the same thing and might end up causing an accident. You might be left to pick up the pieces if this happens.

Motor vehicle accidents in the city of Portland are on the rise

Portland, Maine, is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Located on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay, the natural beauty of this city attracts thousands of visitors every year. Portland is also the largest city in Maine, which means that city streets often become crowded and congested. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents seem to be increasing in Portland, as more and more people visit and decide to take up residence here.

Recently, an auto accident in Portland resulted in the death of one man and injuries to others. According to reports, the crash happened on Riverside Street and involved three vehicles. Accident reports say two vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when a third vehicle slammed into one of the cars from behind, which caused a chain reaction crash.

Alleged medical negligence results in loss of unborn child

Understandably, parents in Maine and across the country want the best care available for their children. Before a child is born, delicate care that is administered to expectant mothers helps to ensure that children are born healthy. However, when pre-natal care is neglected, the lives of both mothers and unborn children can be at risk. Recently, a woman in another state was awarded almost $1.4 million from a lawsuit that was filed after alleged medical negligence resulted in the death of her unborn child.

While pregnant, the woman visited a hospital with complaints of pain in her right side, according to the lawsuit. Allegedly, she had a history of kidney stones. The lawsuit said it was discovered that she had a urinary tract infection as well as several kidney stones. Despite symptoms of an infection, the woman was discharged from the hospital, the lawsuit claimed.

Motor vehicle accidents typically increase during warmer months

Roadways across the state of Maine are becoming more and more dangerous. Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the country, so thousands of vacationers visit during the summer months to take in the abundant natural beauty. Unfortunately, this means higher than normal traffic volumes and congested roadways. Consequently, motor vehicle accidents also increase this time of year.

A recent accident in Oxford resulted in injuries to three people and a dog. The accident involved three vehicles and happened during the morning hours along Route 26. According to reports, a Chevrolet SUV was traveling south and struck a northbound Subaru that was crossing into the southbound lane. After the Chevrolet collided with the Subaru, a tractor-trailer then crashed into the Subaru, reports said.

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