30 Facts About Maine Motor Vehicle Accidents Everyone Should Know

Plus "The Five S's" For Staying Safe On The Road

When do car accidents happen? How do they happen? Why? How often? And how many people are hurt every year? These are just some of the questions people have about motor vehicle accidents. Below, you can find the answers, plus tips for staying safe on the road.


How many accidents happen in Maine?

(Maine Crash Statistics from 2011-2015)

  • One fatal crash every 60 hours
  • One injury crash every 56 minutes
  • One (reported) traffic crash every 17 minutes
  • Property damage accident every 24 minutes
  • 30,482 crashes on Maine roads (public)
  • 48,158 vehicles involved
  • 63,836 drivers/passengers involved
  • 146 people killed

why do accidents happen?

Why do accidents happen in Maine?

(Causes of Car Crashes in Maine from 2011-2015, Annual Occurrence)

  • 9,177 annual lane departure accidents
  • 4,449 annual speeding accidents
  • 1,197 annual OUI/substance abuse accidents
  • 3,092 annual distracted driving accidents
  • 365 annual moose accidents

what type of vehicles are involved?

What types of vehicles involved in accidents?

  • 518 Trucks
  • 297 Pedestrians
  • 208 Bicycles
  • 577 Motorcycles

when do most accidents happen in Maine?

When do crashes happen in Maine?

(Statistics for 2006-2015)

  • Most Total Accidents - Winter Holiday Season
  • Deadliest Fatal Month - July
  • Most common day for crashes - Friday
  • Most common day for fatalities - Saturday
  • Worst Time of Day - 4 to 5 p.m. "rush hour"
  • Most Fatal Time For Accidents - 4 p.m.

what type of crashes are most common?

What Types of Crashes Are Most Common?

(5-year annual average for Maine)

  • 820 head-on crashes
  • 8 fatalities from head-on crashes
  • 1,197 accidents involving alcohol
  • 2 truck fatalities
  • 1,021.6 commercial vehicle crashes
  • 8 commercial vehicle fatalities
  • 19 motorcycle fatalities

The Five S's For Staying Safe On The Road

  • Stay Focused - Keep sharp, not distracted. Don't text and drive, or let others distract you with excessive conversation, eating, grooming, or cell phone conversations.
  • Stay Sober - It is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of .08% or higher. For those under the age of 21, it is illegal to drive with any trace of alcohol in your system.
  • Slow Down - Obey the speed limit, especially in harsh conditions.
  • Stay Current - Keep up to date with your car maintenance
  • Stay Safe - Remember basic driving safety. Yield right of way, check your blind spot, and use blinkers when merging.

Injured in an accident? Call Joe

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein knows how to handle an accident and its consequences. We know that it can turn your life upside down. You may feel alone. You deserve strong representation, compassion, and compensation for what you've suffered through. We're looking out for you. Contact us today for a free and confidential evaluation.

Statistics: Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, Maine Department of Transportation


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