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December 2017 Archives

When big trucks crash

Being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer is particularly dangerous in Alaska given the snow and ice so common on roads throughout the state during much of the year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that nationwide, about 10 percent of highway fatalities involve a truck crash. By far the greatest number of victims are the drivers and other occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. Of the 3,852 people who died in truck crashes in 2015, 69 percent were in passenger vehicles, 16 percent were in the trucks themselves and 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians.

How is the State of Alaska addressing traumatic brain injury?

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has announced the rate of traumatic brain injuries in the state is 28 percent above the national average. The staggering statistic has spurred the Division of Behavioral Health into action, and their TBI Project aims for "a service delivery system capable of meeting the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral treatment needs of TBI survivors throughout the state of Alaska." If you are suffering from the sustained effects of a head injury, this project hopes to provide resources for meeting your immediate needs.

A quick guide to recreational accidents and injuries

Anchorage is a great place to enjoy nature. With plenty of hiking, kayaking, skiing and snowboarding opportunities, you can have a lot of fun here. Unfortunately, sometimes these recreational activities result in injuries, turning a day outdoors into a hospital trip.

3 essential winter driving tips for first-time snow drivers

If this is your first winter in Anchorage after moving from a place where it does not snow, you may have some trouble navigating the roads. The slippery roads and reduced visibility that come with winter can give you some difficulties when you are simply trying to drive around. 

The dangers of traveling by private plane

Traveling by small plane is a way of life for many Alaskans, but it can also be an inherently dangerous method of getting from one location to another. While the accident rates for commercial airline flights have improved over the last decade, the accident rate associated with smaller, private planes has risen considerably. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, a Professional Corporation, we understand the devastation that can occur when small planes crash, and we have helped many accident victims and their families seek appropriate recourse after plane crashes.

Drug use by truckers often overlooked

The demands of the trucking industry are numerous, with many of today’s drivers facing tough schedules, tight timelines and, in Alaska, frequently hazardous weather conditions. Regrettably, some truckers abuse drugs in an effort to stay awake, boost morale or shake boredom, among other reasons, and when it comes to their drivers’ drug use, some trucking companies do little more than look the other way. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we recognize that tragedies often result when semi-truck drivers choose to drive under the influence, and we have helped many victims of commercial trucking accidents seek recourse.

The facts on turbulence: one of airline travelers’ worst fears

Whether your upcoming flight is your first or your 101st, you might always feel a sense of anxiety once the bumping and jolting in the cabin kicks in at 40,000 feet. You would not be alone – many residents of Alaska and elsewhere are mildly afraid to downright terrified of airplane turbulence. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, A Professional Corporation, we understand how scary turbulence can be. Just how dangerous is turbulence, though?

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