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About Michaela Kelley Canterbury

Michaela has been practicing law for more than 15 years, helping Alaskans navigate their personal injury cases. When not working, Michaela volunteers her time and legal expertise as a mock trial moderator and teacher and spends time with her family. Michaela Kelley Canterbury's Google+ Profile

Holiday Travel Tips You Can’t Leave Behind

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Updated January 2018: As you venture out on the Alaska roadways, please be careful during the dark hours with ice, freezing rain, and snow. When traveling long distances be sure to check road and destination reports before starting your drive.

We recommend that you also:

  • Check low gears
  • Check headlights and emergency lights for operability
  • Have a full tank of gas
  • Fully charge your phone a bring a car charger
  • Let your friends and family know where you’re going and when you expect to arrive
  • Pack flares, chains for vehicles, shovel, water, and snacks
  • Be sure to keep your lights operable and clean

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Like father, like daughter – A dream team of hometown lawyers

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Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 11.05.16 AM“My job is to tell my clients’ stories,” Michaela Kelley Canterbury said over lunch, recalling a case in which a cancer survivor got a rare kind of food poisoning from a Valley-grown vegetable. In this worst case of scenarios, the poisoning caused erosion of the sheaths around the patient’s nerves, which in turn began to shut down her entire nervous system. It was just one example of the complex and devastating cases that bring personal injury plaintiffs to the law firm of Kelley & Canterbury for help.

On the client level, the cases require investigative work, a competent understanding of technical medical terms and some serious interpersonal skills. In the courtroom, they involve simplifying medical mystery cases and litigating them before judge and jury. The work can be as emotional as it is demanding, and it requires quite a skill set and a lot of teamwork.

The Kelley & Canterbury team is a family partnership at its core. Michaela works alongside her father, Leonard (Len) Kelley, and her husband, Chris Canterbury. Together the family members pool their diverse skills and resources and work through the most trying cases.

An outdoorsman who moved his family north to live the Alaska dream, Len had been a commercial fisherman, air traffic controller, butcher and old car refurbisher by the time he began his law practice in Anchorage in the ’70s.

“My father’s example was most definitely inspirational,” Michaela said of her career choice. That, and “What else do you do with a degree in political science and philosophy/theology?”

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Damaged Cars From Poor Road Conditions

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Bad TireImagine this: you’re driving down the road listening to your favorite driving music; it’s a beautiful day, nobody is on the road. You’re driving the speed limit, so not too fast, but not necessarily slow either. All of the sudden you feel a huge jump in your car, as your car bounces down and then up. You just hit a huge pothole. You pull your car to the side, to inspect the damage. You can feel your neck tensing up a bit and your heart skips a beat when you see the damage. How much is this going to cost me? Do I have to pay? “It’s not my fault this city has no warnings for the huge hole in the ground,” you think to yourself. You don’t have to panic, well at least not yet.

The topic of having a city pay for your pothole damage is a hot one right now. In Chicago, more than 1,100 pothole-related claims were filed during a month’s time. In Chicago, their clerk office processes damage claims of up to $2,000 however not every claim is accepted. On average the annual pothole damage is nearly $6.4 billion for the United States. Over the life of a car, insurance agents claim that a driver can pay up to $2,000 or more in repair. While that may seem unfair, it’s important to discuss the damage that potholes can cause, how Alaska deals with the situation, and what to do if you have an accident as a result of a pothole.

Now You Hit a Pothole

If you hit a pothole stay calm. Make sure that you’re okay. Pull over so that you know where the pothole is and can take notes to report the pothole and have a strong argument for the claim. Take notes on where you were, the direction of travel, the location of the pothole, size and depth of the pothole, and also contact any witnesses. If you have a camera accessible, take photos to use in your report. [Read more…]

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Relax! Alaska Troopers Hope to Curb Aggressive Driving

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Upset driverWhen was the last time you found yourself behind the wheel, pressed for time, and stuck behind someone that seems to be on a sight-seeing leisurely drive? What did you do? Did you tailgate? Did you whip around them on a double line before speeding off? The truth is, we’ve all been there. We’ve all been in a hurry to get someplace and either contemplated breaking, or actually broken traffic, laws in order to get there faster. However, another truth is, this can be deadly.

Since the beginning of the year, at least 35 people have died as a result of car crashes in Alaska (Ballard, 2014). Unfortunately, many of these individuals died as a result of either their own or another driver’s aggressive driving. When you hear the words “aggressive driving” you’re first thought might be “road rage”; however, while road rage is an extreme example of aggressive driving, there are many other habits that fall into that category. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “an individual [who] commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property”. These actions may include speeding, tailgating, passing without signaling, passing on a double line, horn usage, headlight usage, and many more. [Read more…]

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The Alaska Women’s Show

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Women's showIf you’ve been dying for a girl’s day out or for a little “me” time, don’t miss out on this year’s Alaska Woman’s Show. This annual event has been bringing the women of Alaska together for over 30 years for a fabulously fun time. In addition to bringing women together for a weekend packed with fun, the Alaska Woman’s Show supports many local businesses. Vendors help attendees celebrate everything that makes Alaskan women unique and provides a variety of great events such as financial seminars and fashion shows as well as shopping opportunities.

Admission and parking to the Alaska Woman’s Show is completely free so this really is a can’t-miss event. This year’s show will be held at Sullivan Arena, which is located at 1600 Gambell St in Anchorage (99501). The show will run from Friday September 26th until Sunday September 28th. Friday things get underway at around 1:00 p.m. and the event wraps up around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. [Read more…]

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Say Cheese: Wasilla Woman Cited for Snapping Selfie While Driving

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Selfie while drivingThere are a lot of things you aren’t allowed (by law) to do while driving. For example, you can’t consume alcohol while driving. In many states you can’t use a hand held device (cell phone) or text while driving. Even certain things that aren’t prohibited specifically by law shouldn’t be done behind the wheel in order to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers. For example, you shouldn’t read a book or shave while driving. The list of no-nos while behind the wheel goes on and on. Unfortunately, one woman did not think taking a selfie fell under this list of “no-nos.”

In July, a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately Program) caller, reported that a Nissan was weaving all over the road (Hanlon, 2014). The Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately Program is part of Alaska’s effort to curb aggressive and other dangerous driving habits and cut down on car accidents in general but car accident fatalities specifically. When Alaska troopers pulled the Nissan over they discovered a 59-year-old Wasilla woman named Susan Fellows driving (Hanlon, 2014). [Read more…]

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Motorcyclist Escapes with Minor Injury after Collision with Semi

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Motorcycle on highway | Motorcycle Accident Lawyer | Kelley & Canterbury LLCAlaskans enjoy riding motorcycles for a variety of reasons: the freedom, the ease of parking, the fun.

But riding a motorcycle isn’t without risks: motorcyclists don’t have metal frames, seat belts, or airbags, and a collision with another vehicle can be deadly. This is why safety-conscious riders take steps to reduce their risk of accidents and injury. They do things like wear a helmet, wear protective gear, and keep their motorcycles in top shape. [Read more…]

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Don’t Miss the Alaska State Fair!

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Alaska State Fair | Kelley & Canterbury LLCWhat do giant cabbages, carnival rides, and big-name entertainers have in common? They’re all going to be front and center at the 2014 Alaska State Fair!

The 2014 fair promises to be just as good, if not better, than the fairs before it. The fair will feature, of course, record-setting giant vegetables, never-ending food, and great entertainment.

The fair’s 10,000 exhibits will run the gamut, from art to woodworking. There are also contests for every conceivable talent—from the largest cabbage (a community favorite), to goat milking, to cooking the best seafood dish. [Read more…]

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Grab Breakfast or Lunch at Our One of Our Favorite Local Spots: Snow City Cafe!

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Breakfast and lunch at the Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, AK.As a proud Anchorage, Alaska business, we enjoy venturing downtown to find great lunch spots. We often have clients who, after stopping by our law office in the morning, ask for nearby local lunch recommendations.

We often visit—and point clients to—a local Anchorage favorite: Snow City Cafe.

Located in downtown Anchorage at the corner of 4th and L Street (just over six blocks from our doorstep), Snow City Cafe is a favorite for our attorneys and an establishment we frequent when those afternoon stomach growls begin.

Before heading over for breakfast or lunch, be sure to check out the restaurant’s website for the weekly specials. These dishes come at a great price and often feature some of Snow City Cafe’s specialties. [Read more…]

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What Do I Do if I Crash a Rental Car?

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What do I do if I crash a rental car?

With summer well under way in Anchorage, Alaska, many families are taking vacations to far away places. Whether you’re headed down to the lower 42, Hawaii, or Canada, chances are you’re not taking your own car. In most circumstances, a rental vehicle just makes sense.

But what should you do if you are involved in a car accident in a rental car?

This question certainly isn’t at the front of you mind when you are on vacation, but the negligent actions of another driver can quickly and suddenly ruin your trip.

According to a recent post from NerdWallet Travel, handling a rental car accident is similar to what you’d do if you were in your own vehicle during the crash, but a few extra steps can help you in the long run. [Read more…]

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