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Negligent motorists may cause more accidents in Alaska

The season of winter means different things throughout the United States, but for northern states it can entail more hazardous road conditions. However, the weather conditions can be particularly harsh in Alaska, and the situations that are caused by them can be more dangerous than usual. A driver cannot afford to be negligent while driving in hazardous conditions, or risk an accident that could have detrimental consequences. Unfortunately, car accidents in Alaska caused by negligent motorists have become even more severe.

On Nov. 22 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., over 300 cars drove into the ditch on one road. This resulted in nine different car accidents that resulted in the damage of property. Only three crashes resulted in injuries during that time period.

School buses did not fare well in the horrendous weather either on Nov. 22, and four bus accidents occurred that morning. One of these accidents left victims with injuries, and sent four people to a nearby hospital. The accident was said to be caused by the hazardous road conditions.

Though many of the accidents that occurred may be partially due to the weather in Alaska, driving errors made by allegedly negligent motorists could also be to blame. In this case, the victims who are injured due to the apparent negligence of another person may have the right to seek monetary compensation. If awarded by the judge, compensation is often used by the victims to pay for hospital bills and help support their lives while they are out of work recuperating from their injuries.

Source: Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Ice causes mayhem on Valley roads, Heather Resz, Nov. 23, 2013

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