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Seeking accountability if car accident involves a fatality

Motorists involved in collisions sometimes have grounds for filing legal claims in the aftermath of a crash. When a car accident is caused by another driver and results in personal injury to a surviving victim, that victim can pursue restitution in a civil court in order to obtain compensation for damages. In Alaska and other states, there are experienced personal injury lawyers available to guide victims through that process.

A recent incident occurred that involved two vehicles and resulted in a fatality, as well as injuries to another. Troopers reported that a 19-year-old woman was driving a vehicle that collided with a pickup truck. It was approximately 5:30 a.m. when the accident took place and officers say their investigation was somewhat impeded by darkness.

A 59-year-old man behind the wheel of the pickup at the time was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The other driver did not survive the crash. Though alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the case, authorities say it appears that the driver who suffered fatal injuries had veered across a center line and hit the pickup truck head-on.

When a person survives a car accident in Alaska but suffers injuries, recovery can be quite costly due to ongoing medical visits, loss of wages or other expenses related to the incident. In such circumstances, victims sometimes file legal claims against the motorists deemed responsible for their injuries. After successful litigation, the court can award compensation that can then be used to cover some of those costs. In situations where the party believed responsible has not survived the collision, a claim may still be filed against the decedent's estate.

Source: peninsulaclarion.com, "Woman killed in Soldotna crash identified", Jan. 25, 2016

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