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3 in serious condition, 1 critical after 2-car accident in Alaska

While the following story involves a car accident that occurred about a month ago, the circumstances of the story certainly warrant discussion.

The car accident occurred here in Alaska, after a 26-year-old man lost control of his car and smashed into another vehicle carrying four people. The accident happened later at night, and weather likely played a factor. After the crash, helicopters were called in to take some of the badly injured passengers to the hospital; but some of them had to change their flight plan because of the weather.

In total, one young boy was critically injured; and three others were seriously injured. The 26-year-old who caused the accident was treated for minor injuries.

Just like after any car accident, police launched an investigation into the wreck. The post-accident investigation is critical for the injured parties. The findings of law enforcement officials can greatly support any civil lawsuit they file against the potentially negligent driver. They will comb over the driver's history; they will see if he was intoxicated or distracted in some way; and they will try to find out if some other reason caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

The determination of investigators goes a long way; but it is important to understand that you must give them time to complete the actual investigation. They are handling so much at any given time. While it would be nice if they would drop everything and make your case a top priority, that simply is not a reality. Have patience -- and the results could help you settle on what legal course of action you want to take.

Source: Associated Press, "4 seriously injured in 2-car crash outside Wasilla," March 24, 2013

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