In a previous post, we discussed the rise in cell phone-related distracted driving accidents in recent years. Alaska has responded to the problem by passing firm legislation, which bans the use of electronic devices while driving and creates stiff penalties for violators.
It’s becoming increasingly common to encounter careless drivers on the road. Aggressive driving and road rage are particularly common during rush hour. In addition, the smartphone era has led to a significant spike in distracted driving. Still, drunk driving remains one of the deadliest forms of negligent driving—causing more than one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state of Alaska.
In a previous post, we discussed the concept of loss of consortium—and how a spouse can recover for losses they experience if their spouse is seriously injured or killed. In many states, loss of consortium recovery is limited to an accident victim’s spouse or partner.
An uneven sidewalk or wet floor can be more hazardous than most people realize. A fall might be simply embarrassing for one person, but incredibly dangerous for another, resulting in life-threatening injuries. In fact, falls are the number one cause of injuries among older adults.
If you suffer a catastrophic injury, expect life changes. Some issues, such as multiple appendage fractures, can sideline you for months. More serious trauma, like brain or spinal cord injuries, tend to result in more permanent function impairments. That means greater-than-average expenses. And that demands dedicated planning to ensure meeting financial needs.
If you've been involved in an incident in or around Anchorage in which another's negligence caused you injury, your first focus needs to be on getting better. Another objective – one that can be harder to reach – is being confident that you don't get caught in a monetary quagmire that leaves you and your family financially disabled. Your body's natural healing power and medicine can help with the first goal. The second can be more difficult.
The Knik Goose Bay Road is a popular scenic drive with a history rooted in the Knik trade center era, pre-Anchorage days. Unfortunately, the road is notoriously dangerous for regular commuters and tourists. Although over $9 million has already been dedicated to improving safety on the road, auto accidents are still four times more likely on the road than the national average. Improvements include added signals, signs and striping.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can take several forms. Some are more severe than others. If you suffer a closed head injury there may be serious damage to the brain inside the skull, but no visible damage on the outside. Regardless, in addition to the injury itself there is the possibility that it can lead to secondary issues for some victims.
You’re driving home after a long day, and distractions fill your head. Thoughts of your day at work, your plans for tonight and the weekend to come all occupy your mind. Amidst these distractions, you forgot to put on your seatbelt before driving.
When is the last time you nearly tripped and fell? What were the circumstances? If it happened in your own home, you might have only yourself to blame. But if it happened nearly anywhere else and because of some negligent action or inaction on the part of an Anchorage property owner, blame now shifts.