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How dangerous are truck rollovers?

Seeing large commercial trucks driving through Alaskan highways is so commonplace that you may not consider the potential dangers of sharing the road with them. However, there are numerous hazards associated with big rigs, including multi-vehicle accidents on slippery roads, collisions caused by distracted or intoxicated truck drivers, tire blowouts and rollover accidents.

A truck that has rolled can be especially dangerous to smaller vehicles driving nearby. As you might imagine, your family car would stand no chance against an 18-wheeler if it were to tip beside you. The cargo that a truck carries can also pose dangers in a rollover accident. For example, if a logging truck rolls, it is likely that its load of heavy logs will break free and wreak havoc on the highway. Diesel fuel is often spilled over the road in rollover accidents as well, presenting a toxic exposure or fire hazard to others involved in the accident. Rollovers are often associated with chain-reaction pileups, as other drivers attempt to evade the crash or have no time to avoid colliding.

3 common types of rafting injuries

One of the most fun things to do in Alaska is going on a whitewater rafting trip. This recreational activity is often exhilarating and heart-pounding. While it may make for an enjoyable adventure, it can also be dangerous.

Rafting tours may result in serious injuries. Despite safety precautions and regulations, rafting accidents occur. Various environmental factors such as large rocks, drops, strong currents and waves may make for a tumultuous experience. 

3 top causes of small plane crashes in Alaska

Alaska is a great place to go flightseeing. You may take a ride on a seaplane or bush-plane to enjoy the breathtaking views of Anchorage and beyond. While taking an air tour of Alaska may be an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, it may also be dangerous.

You have a higher risk of getting in an airplane crash on a small aircraft than during a commercial flight. Here are some of the top causes of small plane crashes that may result in serious injuries and deaths in Alaska.

The sad case of the Destination

On Feb. 9, 2017, the Destination, a 110-foot-long crabbing boat, pulled up anchor in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and headed out into the Bering Sea. Neither it nor its six passengers were ever seen again. As reported by the Anchorage Daily News, David Wilson, president of the corporation who owned the boat, received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard on February 11, informing him that it found the Destination’s emergency locator beacon about three miles northwest of St. George Island

An intensive search ensued, but after three days the only things found were a buoy, some tarps, some other debris and a small oil slick. Finally on July 8, according to an Anchorage Daily News follow-up story, the Fairweather, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship, located the Destination in 250 feet of water by means of multibeam sonar

The importance of getting whiplash checked out by a doctor

You might think you are fine after a minor car accident, even if you feel a little sore for a few days. Whiplash is not a big deal compared to what you might have gone through, you think. While you may be correct that you could have suffered much worse, we at the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, A Professional Corporation, also understand the potential severity of whiplash injuries that Alaskans may suffer.

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues, ligaments and muscles that support your head and neck, explains Web MD. You get this injury when a sudden impact whips your head back and forth. Usually, you would feel little to no pain the day of the accident but might experience stiffness and pain in the days to follow. Many cases of whiplash resolve on their own, but you could be in considerable pain for weeks until you heal. In other cases, whiplash simply does not go away by itself and may require medical intervention.

Can I sue for the wrongful death of my unborn child?

If you are an Alaska woman who was injured in an auto accident that also killed your unborn child, you undoubtedly are going through one of the worst periods of your life. In addition to your own pain and suffering as you recover from your injuries, you also must deal with your immense grief at the loss of the baby whose birth you were so joyfully anticipating.

You may not realize that in addition to having the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who negligently caused the accident, you also have the right to file a wrongful death action against him or her for the loss of your unborn child. As FindLaw explains, Section 09.55.585 of the Alaska Code of Civil Procedure gives you that right when your child died as the result of someone’s negligent and/or wrongful acts, in your case the driver who caused the accident. The only other requirement is that you file the wrongful death suit within two years after your unborn child’s death.

Cruise ship fights result in injuries, unsatisfied guests

Among many other tourist attractions, Alaska is known for its cruises through breathtaking scenery. When vacationers book a cruise, they are looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the last things they expect on a commercial cruise is to get involved in a fight with other passengers or to be treated roughly by the cruise line’s staff.

Unfortunately, an untold number of cruise passengers recently went through this scenario on a Carnival Line cruise through the South Pacific. The widely-publicized event detailed a nightmare experience on the ship, in which several members of a particular family reportedly roamed throughout the ship, looking for any opportunity to cause trouble. Cruise passengers said that they were afraid to leave their cabins, as the family was gaining a reputation for being combative. Passengers complained to the ship’s security about the family several times. There were reportedly numerous fights, culminating in a brawl in which multiple people were injured.

Can the trucking life make it easier to get in an accident?

The trucking industry is big in Alaska, with the state’s residents relying on large commercial trucks to get products to their destinations. As a truck driver, you know your job is important. You also know that it can be dangerous, and you do your part to avoid fatigue, distractions and other common ways to get into a crash. However, did you know that the typical trucker lifestyle may also contribute to accident risks?

As Smart Trucking points out, driving a truck across the country is a stressful job that not many people are up to. You know that the hours can be long, the roads can be lonely and there is not much to do besides sit and watch the miles fly by. In addition to the fatigue and boredom, you might be under a great deal of stress trying to get your shipments to their destinations on time, while staying within your legal driving time limits. Other common factors that may contribute to a truck driver’s stress and unhealthy lifestyle may include the following:

  • Substituting fast food or convenience store food for healthy meals
  • Not getting enough rest or physical activity
  • Being alone and without human contact for long stretches of time

When product liability ruins your Alaska vacation

Going on a vacation is a time for leaving behind your cares and relaxing from all that causes worry and pain. Unfortunately, worry and pain can follow you on your travels. No matter where you are in the world, you run the risk of getting in an accident and sustaining an injury.

Most often this situation occurs from driving, reports the World Health Organization, but it is not the only source of physical harm. A defective product can just as easily ruin your Alaska vacation in one of these ways.

The case for strong truck underride guards

Alaska drivers are used to sharing the roads with huge trucks in all types of weather, much of it considerably less than ideal. They also know that should the unthinkable happen and their passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of one of these behemoths, they are the ones most at risk for serious injury and/or death.

As reported by Forbes, when a car rear-ends or t-bones an 18-wheeler, it does not necessarily stop at the moment of impact. Instead, it often keeps going, sliding underneath the high-riding trailer before ultimately coming to a stop. In the vast majority of these situations, the car’s roof, windshield and hood are sheared off and the passenger vehicle’s occupants, particularly the driver and front seat passenger, are decapitated.

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