Many motorists nationwide, including in Alaska, fail to keep a lookout for motorcycles. When auto accidents involve motorcycles, the occupants of the bikes typically suffer severe injuries, and many even lose their lives. Authorities reported such a fatality on a recent Tuesday.
According to a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, a report of a crash on Knik-Goose Bay Road in Mat-Su Valley came in at about 11:15 a.m. Reportedly, an SUV entered the roadway from a side road without yielding to a motorcycle carrying two 32-year-old men. The SUV was directly in the path of the bike, making it impossible for the biker to avoid a collision. A T-bone crash followed, causing the death of the passenger on the motorcycle.
The impact of the crash ejected both the motorcycle occupants. The rider suffered critical injuries, and he was airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage. There was no further word on his medical condition. The couple in the SUV -- the 65-year-old driver and the 52-year-old passenger -- were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Despite the outcomes of investigations that typically follow fatal auto accidents, injured victims and the surviving family members of deceased accident victims can pursue financial relief through the Alaska civil justice system. However, another party's negligence or recklessness must be shown to have caused or materially contributed to the crash. This requirement is often a challenging task. The services of an experienced personal injury attorney can simplify the pursuit to recover economic and noneconomic damages.