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How to navigate social media following an accident

In this day and age, we’re used to relying on our devices to stay connected. We make friends online, we play games with others online and we date online. And when tragedy strikes, we increasingly turn to social network online for support.

However, if you’re in the midst of personal injury lawsuit, broadcasting personal information about yourself online—even information that may not, on the surface, seem incriminating—could be damaging to your case. Insurance companies will look for evidence to discredit your claim, and anything you post online is fair game.

Traffic safety concerns in the wake of last week’s earthquake

Among the things last Friday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake had major effects on here in the Anchorage region are the area’s roads. Substantial road damage occurred in this natural disaster. The Glen Highway is among the major roads that suffered such damage.

Road damage has major impacts for drivers. Such damage, and the construction aimed at repairing it, can create safety challenges and major traffic delays. So far, snarled traffic has been commonplace in the Anchorage area in the wake of the earthquake.

Black Friday injuries? You have legal recourse.

For many families, going to the mall the day after Thanksgiving to snag steeply discounted merchandise is becoming as much of a holiday tradition as Thanksgiving itself. Every year, swarms of shoppers line up outside department stores—sometimes camping out the night before the doors open—to secure the best deals possible.

But the biggest shopping day of the year also carries with it real safety risks. Black Friday is a day on which seemingly every modicum of common courtesy is tossed aside in favor of frantic, cut-throat shopping. This day sees a surge in serious shopper injuries, ranging from broken bones to death.

5 signs of a brain injury

If you have recently been in an auto accident or a slip-and-fall, some of your injuries may be obvious. Perhaps you broke your arm or have a sore neck from whiplash. You may not have considered the possibility of a brain injury. You cannot always see or feel a brain injury, so how do you know if you have one? Here are five signs you should look for:

A spike in pedestrian deaths: Should changes be made?

A nationwide surge in pedestrian deaths has safety officials concerned. From 2009 to 2016, the number of pedestrians killed in auto accidents jumped 46 percent. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for increased safety measures.

Will higher safety standards lower pedestrian deaths?

The NTSB is asking for national and federal safety administrations such as the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish new rules. The board is recommending the following increased safety measures in vehicles to reduce pedestrian fatalities:

Spinal cord injury can have life-altering consequences

Sometimes, the negligence of individuals in Alaska can cause catastrophic injuries to others. A spinal cord injury is one such injury that could be traumatic and life-changing. A sports injury, fall, automobile accident, assault or workplace accident can damage the spinal cord.

The spinal cord consists of the primary nerve bundle that carries messages or pulses from the nerve ends throughout the body to the brain and back. This cord is encased and protected by the spinal column, which consists of vertebrae. When a back injury causes harm to the spinal cord, loss of function can result. This means that the victim might lose mobility and feeling to some degree.

Slip-and-fall accidents can have painful consequences

Property owners must provide premises that are free of hazards that could cause injuries to visitors or customers. However, slip-and-fall accidents are the subject of many lawsuits in the civil courts of Alaska. Foreign substances that cause slippery surfaces typically lead to slips that result in victims falling backward. In contrast, a person who trips over a misplaced object or uneven walk surface would usually fall forward. In both these accidents, various injuries can occur, some of which can cause long-term health problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a significant percentage of traumatic brain injuries that are reported every year follow falls, most often when victims slip and fall backward, striking their heads against hard surfaces or objects. An accidental fall causes a rapid jerking motion that could cause whiplash injuries. These could affect the victim's neck, back and spinal column, and although some such injuries resolve in time, others cause chronic discomfort and pain.

Auto accidents: 2 bikes, 2 cars, 8 people involved in fatal crash

The Alaska State Troopers are investigating a crash that involved eight people. An AST spokesperson says three people lost their lives, which is not unusual for auto accidents that involve motorcycles. Traffic on Parks Highway was disrupted for almost 12 hours.

A preliminary crash report indicates that it occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on a recent Monday near Fairbanks. A Palmer woman, whose daughter, age 5, was in the station wagon with her was southbound on the highway when she veered across the center line. Two northbound motorcycles could not avoid colliding with the vehicle. One biker's wife who rode as a passenger died at the crash scene, while the other biker was airlifted with critical injuries to his lower body.

Can negligent road maintenance lead to wrongful death claim?

Truckers in Alaska expressed their concern over the lack of road maintenance of the Dalton Highway. This followed the death of an experienced truck driver on a recent Friday morning. It remains to be seen if a wrongful death claim will be filed in the aftermath of this tragedy. 

Other drivers sang the praises of the 50-year-old woman whom they said was a safe driver who would never take chances. Her piers remarked that she was a more professional driver than most others. Reportedly, the woman was hauling 9,700 gallons of fuel in a 53-foot tanker when the vehicle veered off the shoulder of the highway. The big rig rolled over as it lurched down an embankment. The driver did not survive the crash.

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