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Alaska pedestrian accident kills 1 in Anchorage

Pedestrians are at risk of an accident every time they walk near a road or attempt to cross the street. When a pedestrian is near a road at night, the likelihood of an accident can be increased dramatically. The low visibility that night offers a driver can make it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, and the lack of protection that a pedestrian has can increase the severity of an accident if it occurs. Although it can be difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, this is not an excuse as drivers should be more vigilant at night. A pedestrian accident in Alaska recently killed one person.

The accident took place on Sept. 9 at around 11:30 p.m. and involved a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.  Initial investigations showed that the driver of the vehicle was driving southbound on the road when the vehicle struck the pedestrian in the roadway. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene, but the pedestrian was already deceased.

The driver stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police after they arrived. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. The crash is still under investigation by Alaska police.

Once the investigation has been completed, the family of the deceased pedestrian accident victim may have the right to seek monetary compensation. Compensation could give the family a sense of justice if the driver is not charged criminally. This could help the family come to terms with their loss, although the family will need to prove the driver was negligent in a manner that proximately caused the fatal accident.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News, "Anchorage police identify victim in fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident", , Sept. 10, 2014

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