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Moose and traffic: A deadly combination

As every Alaska driver knows, it's best not to cross paths with a moose when you're barreling down the highway at 50-plus mph. The majestic thousand-pound animals can crumple a car like a tin can.

Alaska is the moose collision capital of the nation. Our state has some of the highest moose-vehicle accident rates in the world. Between 2000 and 2012, there were almost 10,000 collisions statewide. Many occurred in three hotspots: Mat-Su, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Study may show how to reduce collisions

Possible wrongful death situation after head-on collision

Alaska roads are not much different than others across the nation that are often the scenes of horrific car accidents. A recent incident occurred on one road that resulted in a single fatality. Similar situations in the past have led to wrongful death claims being filed in civil courts.

Both of the vehicles involved in the recent tragedy were pickup trucks. One was headed northbound on the road while the other was traveling in a southbound direction. At some point, the two vehicles smashed into each other at the center line of traffic.

Drunk drivers: They are true menaces to Alaska roadways

Alaska is known for its vast expanses and beautiful scenery, visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. However, towns in this state are not unlike many others throughout the nation where drunk drivers and other negligent motorists wreak havoc upon the roads, often causing serious injuries or fatalities. When someone is injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, it is understandable that person would want to seek justice by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.

One can only imagine the grief associated with learning that a spouse or other loved one has suffered an untimely death in an automobile accident caused by someone who made the decision to drink and drive. In addition to the tremendous sorrow of such situations, families are often quite unprepared to meet financial debt that is often accrued in the aftermaths of such tragedies. One way to get help in offsetting such costs is to seek a monetary judgment against the party deemed responsible for the accident.

Woman says her mother's wrongful death could have been prevented

A woman whose mother was a nursing home patient in a facility outside Alaska has blamed her mother's death on staff members. The 68-year-old patient had been diagnosed with dementia. She was prone to falling and had been severely injured on at least one other occasion before the day she died. The daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing facility.

The claim asserts that staff members were well aware of the fact the woman's mother was prone to falling. In fact, at some point, they had rigged an alarm to alert them if she fell. The day she was severely injured, the alarm was not connected. She suffered severe hematoma and substantial blood loss in that incident.

Injured pedestrian occurrences more likely near Halloween

Many neighborhood children in Alaska and throughout the United States recently celebrated the holiday of Halloween. A common tradition at this time of year involves children and their guardians traveling door-to-door to collect candy from homeowners or residents. The sudden influx of people traveling on foot highly increases the chances that there will be an injured pedestrian before festivities come to an end.

The American Automobile Association gave warning that pedestrian accidents may occur in greater numbers on Halloween night. One area in another state had issued a September report that there had already been more than 340 accidents involving pedestrians. With so many people walking on and near roadways during the Halloween season, it would not be surprising to see a rise in those numbers come November 2016.

Seeking monetary recovery after nonfatal pedestrian injuries

In Alaska and throughout the nation, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Tens of thousands suffer nonfatal pedestrian injuries, sometimes struggling for weeks, months or even years to obtain complete physical recovery. Some are so severely injured, they are left incapacitated for the rest of their lives. In each of these situations, it is only right that those who suffer be allowed to seek monetary judgment against those deemed responsible.

Various factors often lead to collisions involving pedestrians. High on the list is distracted drivers, who may be texting or otherwise taking their eyes off the road. Even if bicyclists or people crossing streets are following traffic rules and doing everything to remain visible, drivers not paying attention may hit them.

Options available after loss of a loved one in Alaska

How utterly devastating it would be to learn that a family member has been killed in a motor vehicle accident. Many families in Alaska have experienced such tragedies. The aftermath of an accident that has resulted in the loss of a loved one is often wrought with grief, stress and various complications that may arise due to the situation.

It is not uncommon for a family to be totally unprepared to meet the debt they encounter after a fatal collision has taken the life of a family member. Many times, a death has occurred sometime after the initial impact of a collision, perhaps hours, days or even weeks later. Family members who mourn their loss may be met with streams of medical bills for treatment rendered before their loved one succumbed to his or her injuries.

Woman assisting Alaska motorist injured in pedestrian accident

Traveling by motor vehicle in Alaska and anywhere else in the United States involves a certain amount of risk. Unexpected situations often occur that lead to accidents. Sometimes, such collisions are unavoidable; others, such as those caused by careless drivers, could most likely have been prevented had those deemed at fault made more responsible choices. This appears to have been the case in a recent pedestrian accident in Willow.

State troopers have appealed to the public for help in locating a vehicle that is thought to have been involved in a recent collision that caused injury to a pedestrian. The woman who suffered injuries to her lower extremities had reportedly been assisting another motorist whose vehicle had broken down on the road. While the situation was being addressed, another vehicle approached at an apparently high speed and struck the woman.

Second fatal aviation accident in a month in remote Alaska region

Another airplane tragedy has occurred in Alaska. It is the second fatal aviation accident in the same remote region in the past month. At the time of the media report concerning the tragedy, authorities had not released the identities of those who died in the crash, as the surviving relatives had not been notified.

The commuter plane company involved in both situations was Ravn, which is operated by Hageland Aviation Services. The operating company and its own parent company had been subject to an urgent audit recommendation after several air accidents between 2012 and 2014. The parent company is said to be one of the busiest commuter flight enterprises in the state.

Many lives have been devastated by drunk drivers in Alaska

It is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle in Alaska with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legally accepted limit. Drunk drivers continue to be menaces on roadways throughout the United States. Such motorists often cause accidents, many of which result in fatalities.

Losing a loved one in a fatal drunk driving accident is obviously a tragic experience. In some situations, it may be that the driver had only imbibed a few drinks. However, alcohol affects different people in different ways; some are more adversely affected by small amounts than others. Regardless of how much alcohol a driver consumed before a collision, if a family member has been killed as a result, there may be grounds for a lawsuit.

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