Is it safe to ride a bicycle during the winter in Alaska?

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Riding a bicycle in winter can be tricky, especially when weather leads to poor road conditions and visibility is at a minimum. Even so, some people choose to commute by bike or ride for recreation during the coldest months in Alaska. By taking the right precautions to reduce your risk of an accident, you can safely ride a bicycle in Anchorage this winter.

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Back to School Driving

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Car Accidents near schoolsSummer traffic is coming to and end, but that means a completely different type of traffic—school traffic. As the summer is winding to a close, many parents may feel anxious to get the kids back off to school. However, with school traffic comes greater risk. There are more people on the road during certain hours, busses are running, and there may be kids of all ages choosing to walk to school. There are many risks that come along with every single one of these factors, Even if you do not have children, this rise and change in traffic can have a major effect on you, and it is important to understand ways to safely interact with increased traffic, children, and school busses. [Read more…]

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How Do Motorcycle Helmets Affect Vision and Hearing of Riders?

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Motorcycle helmet on bike.As an Anchorage motorcycle accident injury attorney, I see many motorcycle crashes that could have ended with much less physical harm if the driver had simply worn a helmet.

Alaska law requires motorcycle drivers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet, as well as any passenger, regardless of age. I often hear operators over 18 saying they don’t wear a helmet for a variety of reasons—they feel “free” without it, they claim it impairs their vision, or say they can’t hear with a helmet covering their ears.

In an effort to promote motorcycle safety in Anchorage, I recently found a helpful study from the NHTSA that debunks some of these common excuses. [Read more…]

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Dodge Trucks Investigated for Defect

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Dodge Ram recallTrucks are one of the most popular vehicles in Alaska. In 2012, the Ford F-150 pickup was the most popular automobile in the state.

Trucks are useful not only for work but for everyday driving, especially in the parts of Alaska that see very harsh winters.  They have all-wheel drive, a cargo bed for storage, and the capacity to haul trailers. Because they are heavier than cars, they are often safer in a crash.

If you’re one of the many Alaskans that own a pickup, you’ll want to pay attention to investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This U.S. governmental agency is responsible for carrying out safety programs, setting and enforcing safety standards for vehicles, conducting research to promote safe driving, and investigating defects. [Read more…]

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Deadly Start to Alaska Motorcycle Season

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Anchorage motorcycle riderAlaska is full of motorcycle riders: our state has the tenth-highest per capita motorcyclists-to-population ratio in the country, according to a recent article in the Anchorage Daily News.

This article urged motorcycle riders to take steps to stay safe this motorcycle season, and we couldn’t agree more.

In the same month that was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), at least four people died in motorcycle accidents throughout Alaska. [Read more…]

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Could Driverless Cars Eliminate Car Accidents?

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Google self-driving carEach year, thousands of Alaskans—and hundreds of thousands of Americans in total—die in car accidents.

Most of these accidents are completely preventable. They occur because the driver was distracted, drunk (a common problem in our area), or driving aggressively.

The nation’s lawmakers and law enforcement have been cracking down on traffic offenders for the safety of the public. They ticket people who don’t wear seat belts and who text behind the wheel. They harshly punish people who have been driving drunk.

Unfortunately, making mistakes is human—which means it’s unlikely that we will never get the number of car accidents in the U.S. down to zero. [Read more…]

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What is the Safest Pickup Truck on Alaskan Roads?

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GMC silver SierraAs spring gets under way in Anchorage, many of you may be heading to the local automotive dealerships to purchase a new pickup truck. As an Alaska personal injury attorney, I’ve unfortunately seen many truck accidents leave innocent people severely injured—or worse.

At Kelley & Canterbury LLC, we want everyone in Anchorage to be as safe as possible when out on the road. If you feel inclined to purchase a new pickup this spring, we hope you factor safety into your decision. [Read more…]

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Defense Blames Victim in Anchorage Pedestrian Injury Accident Case

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Pedestrian Accident Case | Anchorage, AK Personal Injury Attorney | Kelley & Canterbury LLCAs an experienced Anchorage, Alaska personal injury attorney, I’m constantly watching the local news for events in our community that pertain to our practice areas. Recently, a story from KTUU caught my attention.

In 2012 a, hit-and-run crash between driver Luke Jerde and pedestrian Zachary Mohs ended with Mohs losing part of his leg. The trial began in Anchorage last month with the defense attempting to blame Mohs, the pedestrian injured in the accident. [Read more…]

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Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident Injury on Your Run

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Running Safety | Anchorage, AK Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorney | Kelley & Canterbury LLCWith the unseasonably warm winter coming to an end in Anchorage, Alaska, many local residents are hitting the road and staying active with a daily or weekly running schedule.

As Anchorage personal injury attorneys, we encourage everyone to stay physically fit, get outside, and enjoy the nature around us with a relaxing jog. However, we also understand the precautions that must be taken in order to avoid an accident with a car, truck, or cyclist, especially in the dark.

A recent article from The Starting Line gives you some tips on how to stay safe when running so that you can avoid being injured in a pedestrian accident. [Read more…]

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Spring in Alaska

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hose spraying on tire of blue carSpring is finally here in Alaska, with the days growing steadily longer and the temperatures rising. Already we’ve seen runners, bicyclists, and even motorcycle riders taking advantage of warmer temperatures in Anchorage. As we sprint out of the winter dreariness, it’s important that your vehicle is as ready for spring as you are.

To officially shake off the winter side effects (although this winter has been unseasonably warm), here are a few things from a recent USA Today article that you can do to prepare your vehicle for spring. As an Alaska car accident injury attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of each precaution. [Read more…]

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