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.
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.
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.
Here in Alaska, we know that the cold weather doesn’t just go away overnight when winter ends. Instead, the temperature slowly rises until we find ourselves wearing shorts sometime in May or June.
As a society, we're more distractible than ever. Our virtually constant connectivity and unlimited access to information on the internet has made us glued to our devices. On the roads, this is creating a huge safety concern.
A car accident is a frightening experience for anyone, and even more so when a truck is involved. Because of the great disparity in size, cars aren't likely to fare well when up against a truck. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) truck accidents claim approximately 4,000 lives every year across the United States.
Alaskan drivers already have to worry about icy roads and fog affecting their morning commute. Now, they also have to watch out for sleepy drivers or people who forgot their usual cup of coffee.
In the winter, you may have a list of regular services you perform on your car. You might switch to winter tires, or you may stock your car with chains. But one safety step many people fail to take is regularly ensuring their tire pressure is within a safe range.