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New NTSB info debates pilot's reputation before deadly 2015 crash

It typically takes several years for the National Transportation Safety Board to make a final determination on what caused an aviation accident. Along the way, the agency often releases preliminary reports and other information it gleans, just as you would expect from a federal agency seeking transparency.

Recently, the NTSB released a new batch of data on the June 25, 2015 plane crash in Southeast Alaska that killed the pilot and eight cruise ship passengers who were on a shore excursion. Although the agency still hasn't made its determination of what caused the accident, the information it released this week paints a picture of a hard-working, dedicated pilot who just may have been flying too much on the day in question.

Complications from a traumatic brain injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that "a (Traumatic Brain Injury) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain." The most common type of a TBI is a concussion, which is considered mild in severity. However, TBIs range from mild to severe.

Investigating fishing boat accidents: complex but crucial

Crab fishing is an important industry for workers and consumers here in Alaska and across the country. However, it is also extremely dangerous, as accidents have the potential to be deadly. Boats can capsize or sink and fishermen can get seriously injured or drown if a boat is unsafe or crashes.

Considering all the damage that can be done in a crab boat accident, it is crucial that every incident is thoroughly investigated. In some cases, an investigation can reveal serious problems with the boat, evidence of failed repairs or operation, or other indications of negligence, which is crucial to identify in terms of collecting damages.

Damages that may be awarded in wrongful death claims

There may no more devastating event than the unexpected loss of a loved one. Friends and family members can be shocked, overwhelmed by grief and struggling to make any sense of the situation. While there is certainly no way to replace that person or undo the loss, there are things you can do to take control of the situation and try to find some closure.

Filing a wrongful death claim is one option if recklessness or negligence of someone else led to your loved one's death. It is a means of acknowledging your loss, the pain that your loved one experienced and the bad behaviors that caused the loss through various types of damages.

Will taking the truckers out of trucking improve safety?

Commercial transportation is vital to today's economy. We not only depend on the goods transported across the state and country by commercial vehicles, we expect to receive them faster and faster. With all these demands, some parties resort to dangerous -- and sometimes unlawful -- practices to get the job done.

We see examples of this in the trucking industry. Truckers are driving too many hours, trying to do too many things behind the wall and operating unsafe vehicles in an effort to get the job done faster. In response to these concerns, companies are developing technology that could potentially take the truckers out of trucking.

Simple miscommunication can lead to catastrophic plane crashes

Flying a plane takes great skill and concentration, even with all the advancements and features found in modern aircrafts. It is crucial that pilots are trained, alert and communicating clearly whenever they are flying.

Even a momentary lapse in focus or contact has the potential to lead to mistakes that have devastating consequences for pilots, passengers and anyone near a plane if it crashes. Thankfully, actor Harrison Ford was able to just barely avoid a potentially life-threatening accident recently after an apparent miscommunication while he was landing his small, single-engine plane.

Truck cargo spills are no laughing matter for victims

When we read about truck cargo spills in the news, it is often in a slightly amusing context. This is because the cargo itself may present an opportunity for some jokes about motor vehicle safety. As this article on cargo spills illustrates, spilled beer can invite drinking and driving puns; ice cream spills lead to rocky road puns; a shipment of mackerel that spilled can be referred to as "a fishy situation."

However, oftentimes, cargo spills are anything but funny. To begin with, spills typically stem from truck crashes, which have the potential to be catastrophic due to a truck's size and weight. Further, the cargo itself can present a serious risk to the safety of people in the area.

Does the Jones Act apply to your injury claim?

Making your living out on the open water comes with many hazards, but choppy seas and bad weather aren't the only risks. When the company that owns the vessel you work on fails to maintain or operate it properly, you might sustain serious injuries that permanently threaten your livelihood.

Understanding how the Jones Act works might make it easier to recover without having to foot the bill all by yourself.

Confirming cause of car crash is crucial

Imagine you are driving down the road when suddenly, the door flies off the hinges of the car in front of you. The door smashes into your windshield and you crash your car after trying to swerve out of the way. 

The other driver and his or her insurance company might call an incident like this a fluke, or something that could never have been prevented. While this might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case. Just ask the manufacturers of Nissan Altimas.

Tips for protecting yourself from ATV accident injuries

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are used year-round in Alaska for work, recreational activity and transportation. In fact, the state may have one of the highest statistics for per-capita use in the country. Unfortunately, injuries and even fatalities can be common with ATVs, for both children and adults.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a total of 3,360 ATV fatalities have occurred in the United States from 2004 to 2013. Only 12 percent of drivers and passengers killed were wearing helmets and 39 percent were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Additionally, according to the Consumer Product Safety Division, 93,700 non-fatal injuries were caused by ATV accidents in 2014.

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