Car accidents occur every day, across the United States, and wherever there is a road there is a chance that a collision may occur. Not all accidents are severe, but many take innocent lives daily. Alaska is not known for its extensive road system, in fact it is known to some as the "Last Frontier" and some cities are not even connected to a major highway, but accidents do happen on Alaskan roads. In fact, according to a recent study, a car accident may be more likely to occur in Anchorage than over half of the other largest cities in the United States.
A popular insurance agency recently completed a study that aimed to find how safe 200 of the United States' largest cities were when it came to car accidents per capita. The safest city that was in the study was Fort Collins, located in Colorado, while Anchorage came in at 132. Alaska police statistics showed that the number of accidents in Alaska decreased in recent years, but nearly 8,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred last year in Anchorage.
A local Anchorage car repair shop stated that the average damage done to a car was about $2,000. Technology in the modern world can be a major distraction, but in a vehicle this can be deadly. Many Anchorage residents blame the harsh Alaskan weather for the number of accidents because of the roads icing over and reduction of the control of the driver.
Even though Alaska was not the most dangerous city, 8,000 accidents is still not a reassuring number. Many car accident victims have the right to seek monetary compensation through the courts for damages. Compensation of this nature can be used to pay any medical bills if the victim was injured, or lost wages if they were out of work while recovering.
Source: ktva.com, Anchorage drivers rank low in safety study, Lacie Grosvold, Aug. 28, 2013