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Cross-over car accident in Alaska kills 1 and injures another

A substantial number of car accidents on U.S. roads are caused by drivers who cross over the median or center line. Such accidents often lead to head-on collisions, and catastrophic injuries or even death is not uncommon. Alaska is no different, and a tragic cross-over car accident recently claimed the life of a driver and severely injured another.

The dispatch reports of the troopers who responded stated that the crash occurred on Glenn Highway in the early afternoon of a recent Saturday. They found that a 79-year-old man from another state was northbound in a pickup truck, towing an SUV. For reasons not yet determined, the driver apparently veered across the center, landing in the southbound traffic lane.

A 75-year-old southbound driver in another pickup truck likely had no time to take evasive action, and the northbound vehicle reportedly smashed head-on into his pickup truck. The southbound driver was severely injured and was airlifted to a medical facility. The driver who crossed over was rushed to a regional medical facility, but, sadly, died a short time later.

It is never easy for accident investigators to determine the reasons for drivers to cross into the lanes of oncoming traffic. Regardless of the reasons, if it can be determined that the car accident that led to serious injuries resulted from the negligence of other parties, the injured victims are entitled to pursue compensation. Medical expenses and other documented costs may be claimed. If the driver deemed negligent does not survive the accident, a personal injury claim can be filed against his or her estate in an Alaska civil court.

Source: alaska-native-news.com, "One Dead, One Seriously Injured in Saturday Glenn Highway Collision", May 18, 2015

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