Turn Left Safely

Making a left-hand turn is one of the most dangerous maneuvers drivers make. Failure to turn left properly may result in a crash.  Crashes cause injuries. These injuries may require the assistance of a personal injury attorney to ensure the injured person’s right are protected.  As personal injury attorneys in Alaska,Merdes Law Office, P.C., wants you to avoid car crashes all … [Read more...]

The Richardson Highway

The Richardson Highway

Initially built during the Klondike gold rush, the Richardson Highway was originally five feet wide and has long been part of the fabric of Alaska. In 2009 pollution reduction requirements resulted in truck traffic increases in on the Richardson Highway. From vehicle rollovers, to moose collisions, to avalanches, to fatal car crashes, the Richardson Highway is well known to personal … [Read more...]

“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...]