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Car accident on Alaska highway causes several injuries

A car accident on an Alaska highway has resulted in injury to several people. The mid-day car accident affected three vehicles and at least four people. A report did not indicate whether or not criminal charges were expected against any of the drivers.

A 71-year-old man had slowed down or possibly stopped while attempting to make a left turn to exit the highway. The driver of a van traveling in the same direction hit the turning car from behind. This forced the car into the lane of oncoming traffic, where a woman driving an SUV unavoidably rendered a second hit.

Emergency personnel responding to the scene had to cut the older man out of his car. He, the SUV driver and her passenger were all taken to an area medical facility for treatment. The man was said by authorities to have suffered serious injury. There was no mention of any injuries to the driver of the van.

A car accident like this certainly serves as a reminder of a driver's duty to remain aware of his or her surroundings and to drive in a manner that is safe for him or herself and all others with whom he or she shares the road. In this particular case, it is completely reasonable for the injured victims and the surviving family members of the deceased to question whether or not the man believed responsible for this incident was negligent in his duties as a driver. Legal actions may be taken against this individual in an effort to seek compensation for any damages sustained as a result of this terrible tragedy. A personal injury or wrongful death claim that is successfully litigated in an Alaska civil court may be awarded a monetary judgment as restitution for any and all recoverable losses.

Source: ktna.org, "Three injured, one seriously, in Parks Highway crash", Phillip Manning, Aug. 18, 2015

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