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Auto accidents: Driver and passenger dead after wrongway crash

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is naturally a traumatic experience for anyone. Sadly, driver negligence has been responsible for the deaths of many passengers in Alaska auto accidents. Two families have to deal with these circumstances after a recent fatal crash occurred in Cantwell.

According to a report released by the Alaska State Troopers, two 21-year-olds were traveling on Parks Highway when the driver failed to maintain control of the minivan. The vehicle crossed the center line and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. This put the minivan on a collision course with a fuel carting double-tanker semi.

The resulting crash killed both the occupants of the minivan. Calls about the fuel tankers bursting into flames were received by emergency services, and troopers say the operator of the semi suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. No indication of what caused the minivan driver to lose control was communicated.

Whenever passengers die in auto accidents as the result of a driver's negligence, the surviving family members may pursue claims for monetary damages. Claims typically include financial losses such as the costs of a funeral and burial and loss of past and future income, along with emotional damages like pain and suffering. They can file a wrongful death claim against the driver in an Alaska civil court. If the alleged negligent driver is also killed, his or her estate can be named as the defendant. An experienced wrongful death attorney can negotiate with insurance companies, and navigate court proceedings in pursuit of maximum financial recovery.

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