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How to seek restitution after the loss of a loved one in Alaska

Suffering the untimely death of a beloved family member is among the worst tragedies one can experience in life. When the loss of a loved one was the result of another person's negligence or other wrongful actions, the grief and sorrow is often intensified. Surviving family members in Alaska may justifiably desire to seek restitution on behalf the deceased by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court. 

Though monetary compensation is no replacement for the loss of human life, grieving families often sustain substantial financial debt following the death of a loved one. Funeral expenses, medical bills from care rendered before death and other costs associated with an incident can leave families feeling overwhelmed. The law permits those facing such issues to seek compensation for damages in court.

Seeking accountability if car accident involves a fatality

Motorists involved in collisions sometimes have grounds for filing legal claims in the aftermath of a crash. When a car accident is caused by another driver and results in personal injury to a surviving victim, that victim can pursue restitution in a civil court in order to obtain compensation for damages. In Alaska and other states, there are experienced personal injury lawyers available to guide victims through that process.

A recent incident occurred that involved two vehicles and resulted in a fatality, as well as injuries to another. Troopers reported that a 19-year-old woman was driving a vehicle that collided with a pickup truck. It was approximately 5:30 a.m. when the accident took place and officers say their investigation was somewhat impeded by darkness.

Serious car accident injuries devastated an Alaska family

One can only imagine the shock and horror a parent experiences when receiving a voice mail message that says his or her child has been involved in an automobile crash. Some Alaska families are blessed when their children survive collisions; however, serious car accident injuries can changes their lives forever. One woman recently shared the ongoing challenges she faces in caring for her precious son in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

Apparently, the woman was not with her son when the crash occurred. A family friend was caring for him that day, and they were headed out to enjoy some evening entertainment at a local high school. Another vehicle reportedly veered across the center line of traffic and smashed into the car that carried the 5-year-old boy as a passenger.

Toddler ejected upon impact in drunk driving accident in Alaska

A mother in Alaska who was driving a vehicle with her toddler riding as a passenger seems to have done everything she could to keep her little one safe during travel. Police say that the 1-year-old child was properly restrained in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle. The child's mother, nor the other drivers involved, had any way of knowing that they were about to become involved in a serious collision. The alleged drunk driving accident left at least seven people with injuries.

The crash took place just after 2 p.m. on a recent Monday. A 58-year-old man, who has prior convictions for DUI, theft and assault, apparently drove his truck into oncoming traffic and hit the vehicle carrying the little girl and her mother. Both were injured, and the seat belt that was holding the child's car seat in place was actually torn away from the seat on impact, ejecting the child.

Drunk drivers continue to threaten safety of Alaska motorists

Alaska is known as one of the most beautiful locations in the United States. Many people visit to enjoy the outdoor adventures often mentioned and written about in tourist publications. Joyful vacations can quickly turn tragic when accidents caused by drunk drivers occur, resulting in serious injuries or death to innocent victims.

The Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider A Professional Corporation are comprised of dedicated attorneys with more than 40 years of combined experience in helping injured victims and their families seek justice in response to drunk driving collisions. Our legal team understands that there is no adequate price that can be placed on the loss of human life or the injuries suffered in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver. However, we are prepared to help you determine a fair and just amount of compensation for the damages you have sustained.

Alaska plane crash leaves 8 people with serious injuries

Many people are alarmed whenever they hear news of a plane crash. Whether the plane is small with only a few passengers or is large and operating under the control of a major airline, the first thought after a plane crash usually concerns the number of casualties. A plane has crashed in Alaska, where it has been confirmed all aboard were injured but there were no casualties.

According to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board, a Cessna 208 Caravan crashed about two and a half hours after it took off from a Fairbanks airport. Seven passengers were traveling with the pilot to an unnamed destination. All eight people were transported to a hospital in Anchorage for treatment of serious injuries.

Car accident kills Alaska woman, injures other driver

Accidents can happen anytime and nearly anywhere. They can involve several vehicles and cause a lot of damage, along with serious injuries or even death. A recent car accident between two vehicles reportedly included the death of one driver and injury to the other one.

Reports indicate that a 31-year-old Alaskan woman in an SUV was traveling south as another vehicle, driven by a 39-year-old man, was heading toward the SUV from the opposite direction. For an unknown reason, the SUV veered into the path of the northbound driver, who was unable to avoid the resulting crash. When the two vehicles collided, the SUV flipped over and came to rest in a ditch. Officials have already ruled out adverse road conditions as a factor in the crash since there was no ice on it at the time. Police in Kenai are still attempting to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Who is responsible for the losses sustained in a plane crash?

Even though traveling by plane is considered to be one of the safest forms of transportation, aviation accidents are fairly common in Alaska. This could be, in part, due to the dangerous weather conditions that often affect the state, but these incidents may also be the result of various other issues. When a plane crash occurs, victims or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members will want to know who may be held responsible for their losses and what actions can be taken to seek compensation.

Aviation accidents are taken very seriously by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). When these incidents occur, thorough investigations are conducted in order to determine the cause. This, unfortunately, can take time because, unlike the scene of a car accident, debris from a plane crash can be fairly wide spread.

Alaska man injured in early morning pedestrian accident

Any time people walk near a street or in a parking lot, they run the risk of being hit by a moving vehicle. The chances of being a victim in a pedestrian accident increase after dark, especially if non-reflective clothing is worn. State troopers report an Alaska man was injured in a recent hit-and-run pedestrian accident.

Just before dawn, troopers received a 911 call reporting a man lying by the side of the road in a ditch. When they arrived at the scene, they determined the man was seriously injured and transported him to a local medical facility. He is expected to fully recover from the injuries he received.

Proposal hopes to keep potential drunk drivers off the road

An Alaska town is attempting a proactive approach after several recent alcohol-related incidents. In one weekend, three drunk drivers were arrested and an earlier case involved injury to a pedestrian by a driver who was intoxicated. A spokesperson for the police department says they have come up with a plan to reduce the numbers of drunk drivers, arrests and risk of injuries as the holiday season approaches.

The proposed plan is to have the police department provide vouchers to bartenders to give patrons who have had too much to drink. The vouchers would be worth $20 toward a ride home in a taxi. The response from local bar owners and the taxi companies about the idea has been positive. There are already bartenders who will often pay the fare for some customers who do not need to get behind the wheel.

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