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Teacher Killed in Head-On Wreck With Negligent Teen Driver

188244_car_4 sxchu username grzesiufm.jpgA 34-year-old School Administrative District 60 special education teacher was killed in a recent head-on crash with a 17-year-old high school student on Route 4 in Berwick. According to local police, the woman was headed north in a passenger vehicle that was also carrying her two children when the southbound teenager crossed the yellow line and struck her vehicle head-on. Police stated another car reportedly left the roadway and drove into a nearby ditch in order to avoid being involved in the crash.

Sadly, the 34-year-old teacher died at the scene of the accident. Her four-year-old daughter was taken by ambulance to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire for treatment. The woman’s seven-year-old son was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston via medical helicopter. Although the 17-year-old motorist was treated at a local hospital, he is expected to make a full recovery.

The exact cause of the fatal wreck is currently under investigation by the Berwick Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Team. Toxicology tests that were reportedly performed on both motorists after the crash are currently pending.

Unfortunately, head-on accidents like this one are common on the many two-lane roadways across Maine. Since head-on traffic wrecks are normally caused by driver negligence, they are generally preventable. Such collisions may be caused by distracted driving, illegal passing, weather, motorist inexperience, road defects, speeding, and even medical emergencies. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that someone is killed in about 82 percent of all head-on accidents.

A driver or passenger who was hurt or certain family members of someone who was killed in an accident in Maine may be entitled to recover financial compensation for lost wages and benefits, any resulting disability, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and the costs associated with their loved one’s funeral expenses. Before damages may be collected in Maine, the victim of a traffic wreck must demonstrate that their harm directly resulted from the collision and that a negligent motorist was more responsible for their harm than they were. If you were hurt by another driver, you should contact a quality car accident attorney to discuss your rights in more detail.

If you were hurt or a relative was killed in an avoidable traffic accident, please call Briggs & Wholey, LLC toll free at (888) 596-1099. The caring Berwick personal injury lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience helping people who were hurt in a vehicle wreck that was caused by a negligent motorist. At Briggs & Wholey, our capable attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our dedicated and hardworking lawyers are available to assist injured clients throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a committed advocate, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.

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