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Alaska is home to some of the most dangerous jobs

If you ever turn on the TV and see dramatic reality shows chronicling the challenges people face in high-risk jobs, it might seem adventurous and even kind of fun. Of course, this is the allure of such shows, but such occupations are always dangerous, often injurious and sometimes deadly. Alaska is home to many of the jobs profiled on programs such as Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch.

Getting injured when on the job is no small matter, and in addition to the physical consequences, it can leave you out of work and without income for an extended period of time. Anybody who has been hurt or had a loved one killed on the job should be aware of the legal recourse that is available.

What sort of accidents and injuries occur on boats?

Anyone who enters Alaska's waters opens themselves up to the possibility of being injured at sea. Some situations are certainly far more dangerous than others. For example, deep sea fishing vessels are much more likely to report back injuries or even fatalities than a cruise ship. However, due to the potential of injury in any situation, it's good to have Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider on your side.

Like any other moving vehicle, boats can leave its passengers with some nasty injuries in a severe accident. Some of the more extreme instances of reported bodily damage on boats have included:

  • Extreme lacerations or amputations
  • Crushed or damage spine
  • Brain injuries
  • Death

Trucks with heavy loads a road risk

There can be many dangers on the highways of Alaska, but one big concern is that some are trucks carrying loads over the legal weight limit. While many drivers do this because they are trying to help their companies deliver goods on time, heavier trucks are more dangerous to the other drivers on the road.

As Fox 23 News reports, the weight of a truck changes its ability to brake, making stopping more difficult the heavier it is. When it comes to collisions, weight makes a large difference. Many believe that doubling the weight of a truck will double the damage in the event of a crash, but actually, twice the weight will cause even more extensive damage. Roads and bridges also suffer the consequences of these overly heavy vehicles, which cost millions of dollars to repair. These infrastructure repairs need to be attended to more often because trucks that weigh more than the legal limits wear them quickly.

What are common accidents on commercial fishing boats?

Alaskan fishers like you risk life and limb in order to make a living. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we take a detailed look at the most common types of accidents you might face on any commercial fishing vessel so you can prepare yourself to combat these dangers in the future.

The equipment and environment of commercial fishing vessels can lend themselves to the possibility of catastrophic injury. For example, amputations or severe spinal cord injury even resulting in paralysis can both occur due to the machinery you're working with or the choppiness of the sea. Crush injuries are also prevalent due to the fact that the tossing and turning of a ship can cause items to dislodge and fall.

Driver shortage causes spike in elderly truck drivers

On highways in Alaska and across the country, motorists know that there are risks on the road. Yet with a shortage of drivers causing difficulties for the trucking industry, many drivers may not understand the new perils facing them each time they hit the highways.

As CBS News reports, the age of truck drivers has been rising steadily; now about 10 percent of the commercial vehicle workforce is over the age of 65. Over the last three years, there has been nearly a 20 percent increase in bus and commercial truck crashes with drivers who are 70 or older. Some drivers found in the reports were even in their 90s. Between 2013 and 2015, in 12 states with elderly truck drivers studied, there were more than 6,600 crashes. There are no age regulations for commercial truck drivers, although plane pilots are forced to retire at age 65. Some fear that such regulations would be subject to age discrimination lawsuits. Trucking companies, who are in need of more drivers, are in some instances actively recruiting those over 65, who might need extra income to supplement their retirement checks.

Staying safe with dangerous outdoor activities in Alaska

Alaska is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It is unparalleled in beauty, and there is no shortage of opportunities to take in the splendor of nature. Whether you prefer to play in the water or face the challenge of a climb, you should be aware of the dangers such activities pose. While outdoor attractions in Alaska are alluring, they are also unsafe for adventurers who are not careful. According to the USDA Forest Service, there are several safety steps you should take before embarking on an

According to the USDA Forest Service, there are several safety steps you should take before embarking on an outdoor activity in Alaska. You should always pack first aid, have a plan for emergencies and check for inclement weather. These tips are even more important if you plan on pursuing any of these three most dangerous activities.

How safe are tourist attractions in Alaska?

Alaska is known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the United States for scenic views to take in, incredible nature to explore and prime vacation spots to enjoy. These are some of the many reasons tourists flock to the state every year. According to the state’s Department of Commerce, there are as many as 1.78 million visitors from out-of-state annually.

With such a high volume of tourists, it may be inevitable that some incidents occur. There are certain factors in Alaska, however, that may put tourists at an increased risk of injury. Some tourist attractions in Alaska may be unsafe for the following reasons.

Common causes for boating accidents

Due to Alaska's location and some of its largest industries, boating is not an uncommon way to get around and many residents own boats. However, some people mistakenly think that it's less dangerous than driving, or forget that boats are vehicles with the potential to crash like anything else on land or in the air.

Maritime law may differ from the laws that run land-based or air-based vehicles, but that doesn't mean there aren't rules to follow in order to maintain safety on the water for all. The U.S. Coast Guard published a report on recreational boating accidents that shed light on some of the most common causes. They point out that many boating accidents actually happen in fair weather and can often be attributed to swamping, capsizing, passengers falling overboard, or negligence on behalf of the driver. Negligence can include not paying attention to where they're going, drinking while boating, or not heeding safety precautions or weather conditions.

Report: Number of boating accidents around Alaska doubles

Alaskans are no strangers to boating, whether it is for a person's occupation or hobby. And for the most part, people understand the importance of being safe and observing boating regulations to avoid accidents.

Unfortunately, accidents do still happen for a variety of reasons. Recently, for instance, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the number of fatal recreational boating accidents in Alaska doubled last year. And many of these crashes were tied to alcohol. This report should serve as a reminder to all boaters -- recreational or professional -- that maritime accidents can be deadly when people fail to take some of the following precautions.

How is an aviation accident's cause pinpointed?

When aviation accidents occur, people scramble to figure out what caused it. This is also true for those of you in Alaska, where weather can play a bigger role in potential crashes than it might in areas of the country with less volatile conditions. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we wish to help you understand where the flying dangers come from in this state, and what they can lead to.

There are three primary factors that are looked at when trying to determine why a helicopter or plane has crashed. They include:

  • The pilot
  • The conditions surrounding the plane
  • The conditions of the plane itself
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