Commercial truck accidents continue to be among the deadliest and most injurious crashes on U.S. roads – including roads here in Alaska. Trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles that collisions are often deadly or debilitating for occupants of smaller personal vehicles.
Most of us don’t think much about how the civil justice system works until we need to use it. For instance, have you considered how financial damages are awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?
If you’re new to parenthood, you probably have a lot to learn. You have to figure out how to baby-proof your home, get your baby on a regular sleep schedule—and all the while attempt to maintain your own life.
If you get into a car accident, one of the first things you'll probably do is try to figure out whether you're injured. The mental checklist might go something like, "Am I in pain? Is anything bleeding? Have I lost feeling anywhere in my body?" If the answer to these is no, you might assume that you are fine.
After becoming legal in Alaska in 2017, rideshare programs are quickly increasing in popularity throughout the state. As more people rely on rideshare options after a night at the bar or when they need a ride to work, accidents become a larger concern. Fortunately, Uber’s driver tracking system might lead to increased safety on roads. It could also mean heightened accountability on the driver’s part for unsafe driving practices.
Ride-sharing isn't a new concept in Alaska. But it's safe to say that Anchorage hasn't been as swift to adopt the technology-based services offered by the likes of Uber and Lyft. While those and other services infiltrated the Lower 48 in the late 2000s, ride-share services in Alaska only became legal in 2017.
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.