One person died in a recent fatal car accident in the greater Portland area along Highway 224. The car accident, which happened during the dinner hour, occurred at an intersection and involved an SUV and a motorcycle.
It was not clear from initial reports whether the motorcyclist or an occupant in the passenger vehicle died in the accident. Police were trying to revive one victim at the scene and were apparently unsuccessful in doing so. Reports from the scene did indicate that the motorcycle involved in the accident was hard to recognize.
Police are also still investigating the precise cause of the accident. Neighbors who were interviewed after the accident indicated that it was certainly not the first time there had been a collision there and expressed concerns over the safety of the intersection.
Although there is obviously a lot more information that police need to gather before they draw any final conclusions, it is fairly common knowledge that accidents at intersections usually happen because one motorist tries to pass through the intersection without having the right-of-way. This can happen because of drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving or even just human carelessness.
After the initial emotional shock of this tragedy is over, the family of the victim who died will want to follow the progress of the police’s investigation closely, as it may give them some further clue as to who is legally responsible for this accident. The result of the investigation will likely help the family evaluate their legal options further, as they may have the ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to recover compensation for the loss of their loved one.