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Car accident in Alaska causes 1 death

Although weather can be a significant factor in a car accident, sometimes it is not the only factor. Often, if a driver had simply driven in a more cautious manner, the accident could have been avoided -- even in hazardous weather conditions. Unfortunately, a car accident in Alaska resulted in the death of one and serious injuries to another.

The accident took place on the morning of Oct. 31 just before 11 a.m. and involved a car and two pickup trucks. The three vehicles collided on the highway. The car driver was killed and a passenger seriously injured. Emergency personnel attempted to fly the injured victim to the hospital, but the weather prevented the helicopter from landing. Alternatively, emergency personnel drove the victim to the hospital.

One individual from one of the pickup trucks was transported to the hospital as well. The current condition of those injured in the crash was not reported. The accident shut down the roadway for a few hours, but it was partially open by that afternoon. The accident is still under investigation by Alaska law enforcement. 

As the two injured parties recover and the family of the victim grieves for the loss of their loved one, they may benefit from seeking guidance concerning their rights and responsibilities under the law. Depending on who is determined to have been at fault for the car accident, the remaining victim -- and/or the family of the deceased victim -- retains the right to seek damages from the courts through the filing of civil actions. If negligence on the part of the party or parties deemed responsible is proved to the court's satisfaction, an award of monetary damages could be forthcoming that could help defray the costs everyone involved is undoubtedly incurring.

Source:, "One dead in three-vehicle accident on Seward Highway", Kyle Hopkins, Oct. 31, 2014

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