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According to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, nearly one-third of the state’s highway fatalities each year are the result of drunk driving. But there are also many other causes for car accidents, including driver inattention, speeding and recklessness; dangerous road conditions and defective or dangerously designed automotive parts.

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s wrongful or negligent conduct, contact the personal injury attorneys at  Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.

Speeding is a common traffic violation in Maine and can lead to serious accidents. According to the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles, more than 46,000 drivers were convicted of speeding in 2008 -- including more than 30,000 motorists who were exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles an hour or more.  Speed-related crashes accounted for 18 percent of the total accidents in one recent year and 47 percent of the motor vehicle fatalities. If you were injured by a speeding driver, a skilled legal team can help demonstrate how that traffic violation amounted to negligence, making the other driver liable for your damages.

In 2007, 38 percent of all Maine motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Impaired driving continues to be one of Maine’s greatest threats to public safety. If a drunk driver was responsible for your car accident, we'll help you hold that person liable in court for the harm you've suffered.

The recall of millions of Toyota vehicles shows that even the most careful driver can be harmed when corporations put dangerous vehicles on the road. Your injuries may have been caused by a defective car part or a faulty vehicle design that is prone to rollovers. If that is the case, you may have a product liability claim. Our legal team can you help you pursue your claim against the company that made the defective product.

Proving you have a claim is one thing, but collecting on it is another matter altogether. Insurance companies do not profit by paying out large amounts of money in damages. The premiums they collect have to exceed the claims they pay out. This means they will try to minimize their financial loss by denying, delaying or defending against your car accident claim.

For that reason, it is important that you understand the full extent of your damages and consult with an attorney at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott before signing a release and entering into a settlement after you have been in a car accident. You do not want to sign away your rights to recovery.

If the other driver lacked adequate insurance coverage, you might face additional challenges. However, your own insurance policy may include uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage that could entitle you, under Maine law, to file a claim against the company for damages.  Allow the attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott to review your policy and determine your rights.

The personal injury attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have experience handling car accident cases of all types in Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland, and throughout Maine.  Contact us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.