“Medical Payments” Auto Insurance

“Medical Payments” Auto Insurance

Many people consider how much auto insurance coverage they may need, balanced against its cost. Yet, most people think much about the different kinds of auto insurance available to them. Most don’t know medical payments insurance is even available. Unfortunately, despite being legally mandatory, many Alaskan drivers fail to carry any auto insurance – much less the right amounts. One … [Read more...]

Seat Belts Save Lives. They are NOT Optional for Children or Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among ages 1 – 54 in the United States. Seat belt use, the CDC reports, “is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.” Wearing a seat belt and, for children, proper use of age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats, … [Read more...]

A Driver’s Responsibility After Causing a Wreck

Driver Conduct at the Scene of the Accident

Driver Conduct at the Scene of the Accident When someone’s reckless or careless conduct leads to a car crash, the law imposes certain responsibilities. First, regardless of whether someone is killed, injured, or there is just vehicular damage, the person who caused the crash must immediately stop at the scene or as close to the scene as possible. Under Alaska law, the driver must give … [Read more...]

Automobile Insurance Covers Single Car Accidents

If you have been injured in a car accident, you are entitled to recover for your injuries. This is true whether the driver was a friend, an acquaintance, or even a family member. It is also true whether you are in a multiple car crash, or a single car accident. Understanding Car Insurance Three types of car insurance are normally found in Alaska. They are: Liability … [Read more...]

Personal Injury Claims are More about Social Accountability than Helping the Injured

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Personal Injury Claims When lawyers argue personal injury cases to juries, they often talk about the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Some costs, like medical bills, are easy to calculate. Other costs, like future medical bills, and pain and suffering, can be more difficult to quantify. The idea behind personal injury claims is to try to make the injured … [Read more...]

Aggressive Driving Kills Alaskans

Aggressive Driving Kills

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Aggressive driving is a very serious problem which too often leads to injury and death. Studies show many Americans engage in speeding on a regular basis. Other unsafe conduct, such … [Read more...]

Use Care Driving Chena Hot Springs Road

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Chena Hot Springs Road is the epitome of a “scenic route” and a popular tourist attraction year-round. Chena Hot Springs Road extends approximately 55 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. In more than 25 years helping injured Alaskans and tourists, Merdes Law Office has seen a few things we think drivers should be aware of to make driving Chena Hot Spring more enjoyable and as safe as … [Read more...]

Schools are Back in Session this Month

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School is back in session. This means traffic pattern changes - both foot traffic and vehicle traffic. Two highly dangerous times for Alaskan citizens are: 1) August - the month school starts; and 2) May - the month school lets out. Here are some helpful safety tips for you and your family as school begins. Watch for buses, pedestrians, and bicycles As either a driver or a … [Read more...]