A 37-year-old Sidney woman was recently charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident after she allegedly struck two bicyclists with her automobile. According to Captain Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, two men were riding their bicycles north on Middle Road around 12:30 pm in Sidney when the motorist hit them from behind with a Nissan Maxima. After striking the men, the woman allegedly continued driving north without stopping. The force of the impact knocked the 27-year-old and 71-year-old bicyclists to the ground. It also caused a bumper cover and passenger side mirror to come off of the vehicle.
Following the crash, emergency responders treated both men for a number of minor injuries they sustained in the wreck. Later, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office purportedly found the Nissan parked in an apartment parking lot. When Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Day asked the owner of the vehicle about the damage to her car, she allegedly told him it was struck in a Wal-Mart parking lot in another town. The driver also reportedly claimed that she had no knowledge of the bicycle accident.
Thankfully, the men involved in this particular bicycle accident were not severely hurt. Unfortunately, a bicycle wreck in Maine and elsewhere can cause a number of devastating injuries. For example, many victims of bike crashes sustain a traumatic brain injury. Although a head injury may result in a mild concussion, it can also be life threatening. In Maine, car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. The costs associated with treating and caring for someone with a traumatic brain injury can be exceedingly high. If you or a loved sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle or other accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, any resulting temporary or permanent disability, and other damages. In the State of Maine, certain relatives of a person who was killed as a result of someone else’s negligent act may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you were hurt in a bicycle crash, you are advised to contact a quality Maine personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for recovery.
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