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Alaska car accidents result in over 5,000 injuries every year. Though the number of auto accident-related deaths in the state is one of the lowest in the country, the state mileage fatality rate is well over the national average. Alaska highways witness one death every five days. On August 26th, two persons rammed a stolen car into a State Trooper patrol car while being pursued by the owner. A fortnight later, a 21-year-old man from Tuluksak, a village in southwest Alaska died in a single car accident. Two Alaska car accidents on September 20 left a 26-year-old Anchorage man seriously injured while a Fairbanks resident died near Chena Hot Springs in a two-car collision.
Impaired driving due to alcohol and drug consumption led to 40 percent fatal and seven percent of all Alaska car accidents in 2010. Speed of the vehicle was responsible for 14 percent of all crashes and 41 percent of fatalities. The combination of DUI and speed caused one-fifth of all Alaska car accidents, including half of fatal crashes. Multiple vehicles were involved in 71 percent of car crashes while 28 percent were single car crashes. One in every 2.3 (43 percent) Alaska car accidents in 2010 was intersection related.
Every four in five traffic crashes is reported from Alaska DOT’s Central Region. The Northern Region is second with about 15 percent of all accidents while the Southeast Region has the lowest number of crashes. About 77 percent of all Alaska car accidents in 2010 occurred in urban areas. But the maximum number of fatalities (59 percent) was reported from rural areas. The Municipality of Anchorage accounted for 59 percent of all auto accidents in Alaska and 37 percent of all road deaths.
Alaska car accident victims suffering from the above mentioned injuries have the right to claim a range of compensations from the at-fault driver. The common auto accident injury damages claimed in the state include
In July 2012, a young woman injured in a head-on collision caused by drunk driving won $4.2 million compensation. An Alaskan jury awarded $4 million compensation to parents of a child pedestrian run over by vehicle of a construction company. Another Alaskan car accident lawsuit filed following a head-on collision ended in $13.5 million settlement in the favor of the plaintiff. In 2009, a jury verdict resulted in $788,908 in damages for a car accident victim suffered head, back, and neck injuries.
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