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Hazards from recreational activities in Alaska

There is no question that Alaska holds a certain beauty you cannot find anywhere else, drawing in tourists every year to experience the natural landscapes and outdoor recreation. While these activities bring fun and fulfillment, they also come with risks.

Whether you are new to the state as a visitor or resident, be aware of these local hazards to avoid a traumatic accident and recognize when you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

Animal attacks

In any other state, the most common animal attack may be dog bites. In Alaska, however, more than just domestic canines are in the vicinity. You may come into close contact with wild animals such as bears, moose and wolves. These creatures are large and powerful, making it likely that interactions with them will lead to severe physical harm. Before venturing outdoors, be aware of the animals present and what to do if you encounter them.

Hot playgrounds

While most playground accidents across the nation occur from falls, Alaska has another hazard not unique to just desert areas. The long days with more sunlight can heat up playground equipment to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, even if the temperature is only in the 70s. Contact with such hot equipment can lead to second-degree burns. Always check the playground first before letting your children use it.

Vehicular accidents

Part of the appeal of going to Alaska is all the opportunities for using various vehicles, such as:

  • Motorcycles
  • Watercraft
  • Aircraft
  • Mountain bikes
  • RVs and campers
  • ATVs

All of these come with a high risk of accident and injury, whether it be from the vehicle breaking down or colliding with another vehicle or object. Aircraft can be especially dangerous due to the Alaskan terrain and weather. Inspect vehicles before use and follow all regulations. Even something as simple as wearing a life vest or seat belt can protect you significantly from severe harm. Being smart and prepared can help you have a fun and safe vacation in The Last Frontier.

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