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Five Adults and Five Children Hurt in Portland Head-On Crash

755533_suv sxchu username barunpatro.jpg10 people were transported to the hospital following a head-on collision between two sport utility vehicles in Portland. According to local police, 44-year-old Sebastien Bukuru of Westbrook was driving east in a Ford Explorer on Marginal Way near Preble Street Extension when he unexpectedly swerved into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 35-year-old Marcelina Dakiti of Portland. Emergency responders reportedly took ten passengers, including five children, to Maine Medical Center for treatment. Two of those injured were allegedly in critical condition and another four were in serious condition. Both vehicles involved in the crash were reportedly destroyed.

The cause of the injury accident is currently under investigation by the Portland Police Department. Following the collision, the roadway was closed for approximately four hours while an accident reconstruction crew investigated. Because the Explorer left no skid marks on the roadway, law enforcement officers reportedly believe Bukuru may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash. Police also stated speed likely played a factor in the severity of the collision. According to Maine driver records, Bukuru was operating the Explorer with a learner’s permit he obtained about one year before the crash. At this time, no charges were filed in connection with the accident.

Unfortunately, head-on collisions are common in Maine. Because head-on accidents are normally caused by motorist negligence, they are typically preventable. Such crashes may be caused by driver inattention, illegal passing, road defects, weather, driver inexperience, speeding, and even a medical emergency. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in approximately 82 percent of all head-on crashes.

An individual who was hurt or lost a close relative in an accident that was caused by a negligent driver may be entitled to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, disability, pain, suffering, and funeral expenses. It is important to note that before damages may be collected in Maine, the victim of an injury accident must be able to demonstrate that their harm directly resulted from the incident and that the negligent driver was more responsible for their harm than they were. An experienced car accident lawyer can explain your rights in more detail.

If you were hurt in a head-on or other motor vehicle accident in Maine, please call the attorneys at Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. Our capable Maine personal injury lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping clients who were injured in an unexpected car accident receive the compensation they deserve based on the facts of their case. At Briggs & Wholey, our skilled team of attorneys is available to help you protect your rights and file your personal injury claim. Our hardworking lawyers represent hurt and disabled clients throughout Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a diligent personal injury attorney today, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.

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Driver in serious Portland crash on Sunday was operating with learner’s permit, Morning Sentinel

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