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Alaska fatal crash appears to be drunk driving accident

Passengers who willingly get into vehicles operated by people who are intoxicated are at a great risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident. In fact, they could become the victims of fatal drunk driving accident incidents like one that took place recently in Alaska. The accident is a sad reminder of how quickly a night out can turn into a tragedy.

The single-vehicle crash occurred close to Fairbanks in early February and involved a pickup truck that rolled over several times. Authorities were called to the scene in the early morning hours. When they arrived, they discovered that two people were injured. The driver received treatment at a nearby medical facility, but his passenger succumbed to her injuries at the scene, according to emergency personnel. She had been thrown from the truck, presumably as it was rolling.

Alaska drunk drivers who kill can face jail time, civil suits

For drunk drivers in Alaska who are the cause of fatal accidents, penalties abound. Not only are they in violation of state criminal laws regarding driving under the influence, usually ending in jail time, but they may also face civil lawsuits as well. This ability to legally require them to pay for their bad choices serves to protect both the community in which the drunk drivers reside, as well as their victims' families.

The time in prison that a drunk driver may face varies, depending upon a nimber of factors. Recently, in Anchorage, a driver who killed two teenagers in Aug. 2013, was sent to prison to serve a 32 year term on dual counts of second-degree murder. The man will only be eligible for parole after he has served 20 years.

Unimportant tasks can lead to Alaska auto accident incidents

Texting, eating and talking on the phone are all commonplace occurrences for most Alaska residents. However, none of these tasks should be happening while a person is driving; after all, the risk of getting into an auto accident increases when the driver isn't paying attention to the road. In fact, distracted driving is a significant factor in many auto accident incidents throughout the state and nation. 

Being distracted while behind the wheel is sometimes illegal, depending upon what the driver is doing. For instance, texting while operating a motor vehicle in Alaska is illegal. This includes taking a quick look at the screen of an iPhone when cruising along the highway. It has also been interpreted to include not using a GPS while driving. Even a momentary lapse in attention can lead to tragedy for the driver, not to mention any potential victims and their families.

Alaska crash shows variety of incidents caused by drunk drivers

Drunk drivers don't merely crash into vehicles similar in size to those they are driving. They can also collide with other types of moving objects, including smaller vehicles that are used for recreational purposes. In Alaska, a recent accident between an SUV and a four-wheeler shows the variety of vehicular crashes that can be caused by drunk drivers.

The incident reportedly occurred quite early on a weekend morning. The SUV, driven by an adult male, ran into a four-wheeler, operated by a minor. Alaska troopers who arrived on the scene discovered that the driver of the SUV was intoxicated; he was also driving illegally due to a driver's license that had been revoked.

Wrongful death suit could follow hit and run crash

When a family loses a loved one in a car crash, it is always a tragic event for those involved. A sudden loss is often far harder to cope with than one that is anticipated, and a loss that seems preventable is even harder to accept. For one family, the aftermath of a fatal Alaska car crash has left them trying to understand the series of events that led to the tragedy. As the case moves forward, criminal charges and a wrongful death suit may be part of that process.

Upon early investigation, police believe that the crash took place in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Calls were placed to emergency dispatch with reports of a vehicle that crashed into a tree nearby a trailer park. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 30-year-old female passenger in the vehicle in an unresponsive state.

Alaska child becomes pedestrian accident victim

When parents in Alaska send their children to the bus stop in the morning, they may not give the event a second thought. After all, this is an everyday occurrence and often seems quite harmless. The truth, though, is that young people waiting at bus stops are at risk of becoming victims of a pedestrian accident. Whenever groups of people are so near to areas of traffic, a pedestrian accident is always an unfortunate possible outcome.

One 10-year-old girl who was waiting for a bus on a Friday morning near Wasilla became the unfortunate victim of this kind of incident. She was reportedly hit when a truck, driven by a male in his early 30s, slid from the roadway. According to Alaska authorities, the girl's wounds included injury to her head. She was flown to a medical center for treatment, and her condition remained critical at last report.

Wrongful death in Alaska car accidents can stem from many factors

Across the state of Alaska, authorities say that fatal vehicle-related accidents appear to be on the rise. This opens the door for many incidents of wrongful death, and with those occurrences, the possibility for civil lawsuits. After all, there are many human contributing factors that can lead to the death of a traffic crash victim.

One prominent factor is the consumption of drugs and alcohol. When drivers get behind the wheel of motor vehicles while intoxicated, they put themselves and others at risk due to their impaired judgment. Drugs that are involved in fatal crashes can include over-the-counter and other lawfully obtained substances. Fatal wrecks are not always the result of ingesting illegal compounds.

Serious car accident injuries in Alaska can occur any time

The holiday season is a time when most families enjoy spending time together. Most people aren't thinking about motor vehicle collisions while in the midst of celebrating. However, serious car accident injuries can and do occur during all seasons in Alaska, including on Christmas Day, as a family driving close to Anchor Point discovered.

The family was involved in what eventually became a crash involving three vehicles, but the circumstances of the victims' injuries was relatively unique. The family had apparently stopped by the side of the road to assist another individual whose vehicle was disabled. The family was using their van to try to jump start the broken down vehicle when an SUV driving northbound skidded toward the scene.

Fiery auto accident claims 2 lives in Alaska national park

Although it is uncommon for vehicles to burst into flames as a result of an auto accident, it does sometimes happen. Not surprisingly, fires of this kind can make it more challenging for Alaska authorities to determine who may have been at fault, as well as why the auto accident occurred. When a fiery wreck takes a life, it becomes even more imperative for the victim's family members to uncover the truth behind the crash, especially if they plan to seek legal recourse.

The loved ones of a recent collision that occurred within Alaska's Denali National Park may be in this position as they await the findings of investigators. All that has been reported thus far is that the vehicles involved -- an SUV and a pickup truck ---- hit head-on. The accident was alerted to dispatchers by a 911 call, presumably from someone who either saw the incident occur or witnessed its aftermath.

Alaska auto accident can cause serious injuries

A vehicle accident in Alaska can be life-changing, depending on how serious a victim's injuries are. In addition to causing physical injuries that might prevent a person from being able to work, an auto accident may also cause emotional distress. It is within the rights of an injured accident victim to seek to hold a negligent party accountable for the injuries he or she is believed to have caused.

Injuries commonly suffered in a car crash include injuries to the neck, back or spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can cause a person to become paralyzed from the waist down and, thus, lose his or her ability to walk. Victims may also suffer head and brain injuries. Brain injuries can potentially affect a person's cognitive function and can even lead to changes in a person's behavior or emotional reactions.