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Alcohol may have played role in head-on collision in Portland

Alcohol often causes a driver to lose control of his vehicle or fail to remain in the proper lane. A recent head-on car accident in Portland appears to have been caused by one driver losing control of his vehicle, and police suspect that alcohol was involved.

According to officers at the scene, a BMW was traveling southbound on Capitol Highway. As the car approached the Freeman Street intersection, it drifted into the northbound lanes of Capitol Highway and collided with a northbound Subaru. A male passenger in the BMW suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. A female passenger in the Subaru was also injured in the collision, but her injuries were deemed to be non-life-threatening.

Police who are investigating the accident believe that the driver of the BMW may have been intoxicated at the time of the collision. The driver was taken into custody at the scene and incarcerated in the Multnomah County Jail. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

The description of the accident that was released by police contains few details, but the fact that police filed several serious DUI charges against the driver of the BMW shows that he is likely to be deemed at fault for the accident. Anyone who has been injured or who have lost a loved one in an accident in which alcohol is blamed may wish to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer for an evaluation of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: KOIN 5, "2 injured in 2-car crash on SW Capitol Hwy," Oct. 21, 2017