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Wrongful death in Alaska car accidents can stem from many factors

Across the state of Alaska, authorities say that fatal vehicle-related accidents appear to be on the rise. This opens the door for many incidents of wrongful death, and with those occurrences, the possibility for civil lawsuits. After all, there are many human contributing factors that can lead to the death of a traffic crash victim.

One prominent factor is the consumption of drugs and alcohol. When drivers get behind the wheel of motor vehicles while intoxicated, they put themselves and others at risk due to their impaired judgment. Drugs that are involved in fatal crashes can include over-the-counter and other lawfully obtained substances. Fatal wrecks are not always the result of ingesting illegal compounds.

Speed is another important factor in fatal accidents in Alaska. When a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle is moving at a rate that exceeds the posted speed limit, or does not operate at a speed consistent with prevailing road conditions, a crash may be the outcome. Another common factor in fatal accidents on our roadways simply involves human mistakes, such as being distracted while driving.

No matter why a fatal wreck occurs, though, it leaves behind a stinging reminder that life is filled with uncertainties. For loved ones of those who have been struck down due to vehicular accidents, it may also be a time when legal means in the form of a wrongful death claim should be considered. A civil judgment against the party who is deemed to have been at fault for a crash – or against his or her estate, if necessary – may provide monies to help pay for a myriad of expenses and related financial losses related to the fatal accident.

Source:, "Fatal vehicle crashes increased in Alaska in 2014", Casey Grove, Jan. 1, 2015

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