Pedestrian Accidents: 5 Ways to Stay Safe

Pedestrian Accidents: 5 Ways to Stay Safe

On February 13, 2016, a man was struck by a vehicle on Fifth Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The 65-year-old man was crossing the street with two other men when he was struck by a 2011 blue Toyota RAV4. According to the men who were walking with the deceased, they had a ‘do not cross’ hand signal and the traffic light was green for oncoming traffic.

The other two men stopped at the median, but the deceased continued into the next lane right in front of the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota tried to miss the man but could not. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene of the pedestrian accident. [Read more…]

Many Local Alaska Car Accidents Are Avoidable – Here’s How

Local Accident ReportsThe Alaska midnight sun is distracting making it hard to appreciate brake lights on the Highways and the beautiful scenery from mountains, foliage and wildlife is a major distraction this time of year.  Of course no texting and driving and if you’re lost, pull over to find your way or get directions rather than looking at GPS on your phone.

According to news reports, police responded to more than 85 crashes – including ten with injuries – in Anchorage alone. While weather can make driving more difficult, some precautions might reduce your risk of a wintertime car accident. [Read more…]

Seatbelt Usage in Alaska

Seatbelt Usage in AlaskaNo matter where you are from, wearing your seatbelt is always important. In Alaska, however, this simple step can be even more important. With the twisting roads, bad weather, and a higher amount of inexperienced drivers, getting into a vehicle in Alaska can prove to be more dangerous than other places in the United States, so wearing your seatbelt should always be top of mind. [Read more…]

Florida to Alaska: Long Distance Motorcyclists Arriving Soon

Florida to AlaskaBeginning in July, motorcyclists from across the country will be making one of the longest treks possible in North America.

 

Starting in St. Augustine, Florida, bikers head north through the contiguous U.S. before crossing the Canadian border. After completing the international portion of the trip, they are welcomed by our home state of Alaska, the final destination of their journey. After over 4,000 miles, they will be weary, but elated to see their trip complete (or at least halfway, if they are riding back home). [Read more…]

The Need for Motorcycle Insurance

The Need for Motorcycle Insurance

All drivers (be them of bikes, motorcycles, cars, trucks, snow machines, jet skis what have you) have equal right to be on roads or posted recreational areas as other motorists.  Unfortunately, typical motorcycle collisions happen when motorcyclists are not seen (dark clothes, no lights, roadway visual sight obstructions, etc.) by a driver of a car or truck. Motorcycles by nature are less stable than cars and trucks. This results in a higher likeliness of accidents. [Read more…]

Springtime Distracted Driving

Springtime Distracted DrivingGlenn Highway, especially near the Knik River Bridge, has an unfortunate history when it comes to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. In March of 2014, one person died and five others were injured on the northbound side of the highway. This occurred when a pickup truck driving southbound crossed the median and ran head-on into an RV, later hitting a van. The highway was shut down, leading to traffic and complications on other roads throughout the area. [Read more…]

Safe Driving Tips as the Days Get Shorter

Cars are a huge part of our lives. We use them so much that we often forget how dangerous they can be, and how careful we need to be when driving them. In 2013, there were 30,057 car accidents that resulted in fatalities, which is around an average of 82 deaths per day.

Despite there being 60% less traffic on the road, more than 40% of all fatal car accidents happen at night. Driving at night requires you to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. When it is dark outside, driving becomes increasingly more difficult. While the human eye is able to self adjust to there being less light, being able to fully see everything around you is still a hard task.

Winter is coming, and we all know what that means; minimal sunlight during the day. Pretty soon when you are driving your kids to school, or coming home from work, the sun will be nowhere in sight. Knowing important steps to take before you start driving in the dark can save you from being in an awful accident. [Read more…]

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

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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Teaching Teens to Drive in Alaska

Teaching Teens to Drive in AlaskaOne of the most stressful parenting milestones is teaching your teen how to drive. Watching your kid navigate the roads behind the wheel can be nerve racking and it can feel impossible to teach them everything they need to know to be safe before they pull out on the road unsupervised. It doesn’t help that car crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens, accounting for more than one-third of all deaths of 16 to 18-year-olds, according to the Institute for Highway Safety. Teaching a teen to drive is a serious matter because car accidents have serious consequences.

Despite the anxiety that might come along with teaching a teen to drive, the task requires a considerable amount of patience, empathy, and knowledge of what is necessary to ensure your child becomes a skilled and responsible driver. Keep in mind that the new driver is likely as nervous, if not more nervous, than their parent is. They might be excited about the freedom they will have once they get their license, but the road to get (and deserve) that plastic card is a long one.

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Damaged Cars From Poor Road Conditions

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…]