In recent years, according to the Alaska Highway Safety Office, there has been an increase in the number of car accidents involving injury and fatality in the State of Alaska. This increase may reflect an increase in the number of drivers, an increase in reckless or careless vehicle operation, or both. Here are some facts about the number of car accidents in our state:
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints after an accident. While whiplash-type injuries are common after rear-end vehicle collisions, neck pain is also a common problem after slip and fall accidents. Because neck pain is so common, it is easy to assume that it will go away on its own or that it is not very serious, particularly if the pain is not very severe. After all, most minor aches and pains resolve themselves without medical intervention. However, ignoring neck pain after an accident can be a serious mistake, because even minor neck pain can be linked to much more serious long-term injuries and conditions, particularly those involving the back, arms, and legs. It is always wise to seek immediate medical attention after an accident that may involve the neck.
Spring is here once again, and many Alaskans are rejoicing over longer, warmer days and melting snow. However, there are still hazards, even during this beautiful season, that can lead to personal injury, particularly car accidents and slip-and-falls. If you are going to be out and about in the spring sunshine, take care to note these hazards and prepare for them accordingly so that you can stay safe!
We like to think that everyone will behave fairly, even when there is an accident such as a vehicle collision. Unfortunately, sometimes people involved in crashes will not be completely honest about their own behavior before, during, and after the accident. Even worse, insurance companies, who are often trying to save money on claims, may try to avoid payment by pushing victims to accept a quick settlement.
No matter how many precautions you take while behind the wheel, being involved in a car accident can still leave you reeling. The shock of the moment and the ensuing rush to make sure everyone is ok can leave you in a haze of confusion.
If you’re physically able, being able to talk with the other driver(s) is essential – especially later on when your mind is clear if you seek to take legal action to recover costs for medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been in a car accident, determining who is at fault is crucial to you getting the justice and compensation you deserve.
While the location and intensity of the damage done to the vehicle can provide clues about how the accident unfolded, it doesn’t tell the whole story.