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Wrongful death suit against Petersburg borough gets a trial date

On Independence Day in 2016, two young Alaska women lost their lives in a fatal motor vehicle accident. The fatal van crash occurred on South Nordic Drive in the Petersburg borough when the automobile left the roadway and rolled over. The driver, a 23-year-old male, and another young woman survived the crash.

Just days ago in November, a trial date for the lawsuit was finally scheduled and is set to commence on Jan. 13, 2020. All four occupants of the van were working at the time for the Petersburg borough department of Parks and Recreation. This wrongful death case is especially complex because it targets several entities, including the driver of the van, the Petersburg borough and the state of Alaska.

Will driverless vehicles save lives?

When most people think of driverless vehicles, they think of how incredible it will be to read a book or take a nap during their morning commutes to work. What they don't always consider are the amazing benefits that will come with autonomous vehicles once this technology matures. In fact, autonomous cars could virtually make car crashes a thing of the past.

Let's look at the three most important benefits of driverless cars:

Are you suffering from head and back injuries after a car crash?

The gravitational forces involved in a serious auto collision can result in traumatic injuries that leave victims suffering financially and physically. Indeed, the after-effects of such an incident should not be underestimated.

Some of the most common auto accident injuries affect the head and back as described below:

Childhood amusement rides can cause serious wounds

Every year, thousands of children suffer as a result of riding amusement park rides. Sometimes, those rides aren't particularly dangerous for adults, but if a child is under the weight or height restrictions, then they could be at risk of injury.

It's always a tragedy when a child is hurt or killed on one of these rides. Sometimes, there are malfunctions that result in children falling out of the rides or not being secured in their seats. Between 1990 and 2010, over 70 percent of visits to the emergency room stemming from amusement park rides occurred in the summer, with many happening as a result of state fairs and festival rides.

How do long days and nights affect drivers in Alaska?

Recreational vehicles, like motor homes, are wonderful, because they help you see the world and save money. You can take your home with you no matter where you go, which helps you see more of the country.

Alaska can be a difficult place to drive a motor home, because it is dangerous at certain times of the year. When it's dark throughout the day or light much more often than in other areas of the United States, this poses a threat to drivers.

Woman faces felony for causing 4-car crash

When you crash into someone and cause a death, there is a likelihood that you'll be charged with a crime. That's what happened in this case in Alaska. A woman faces a felony assault charge for causing a four-vehicle crash that injured at least one person.

It was around 4:30 p.m. when the Juneau Police Department was informed about a multi-vehicle crash on Egan. When the emergency crew arrived, it discovered three vehicles that had collided along with a Toyota Tundra stuck in the median.

Alaskan Native dies after 911 called to assist

A law enforcement officer in Alaska has been accused of causing a man's wrongful death after shooing the Alaska Native. It's reported that the officers asked the man to put down his weapon 78 times; the man did not listen to the instructions and ended up with fatal gunshot wounds.

The video recordings and audio recordings were released on Oct. 10, 10 months after the fatal Christmas Eve shooting. In the circumstances, the officers believed the risk was too high to continue allowing the man to walk toward them. He'd had his gun raised and was headed toward the officers when they shot him.

A good safety seat can save your child's life

As a parent, you want to do all you can to protect your child. One of the ways to do this is by making sure your child's car seat is the right size and style for their age, height and weight.

Car seats are important because they reduce the risk of death and injury by around 71 to 82 percent. They also reduce the risk of death in a crash by around 28 percent compared to children who are only riding with seat belts.

Social media has an impact on the youth today

One thing almost no one can escape from is the media. Children, teens and adults are all affected by the media, even if they don't realize it.

The media isn't all bad, and it's been shown that it doesn't necessarily lead children to do bad things. For instance, violent video games don't necessarily lead to violence outside video games.

Choosing the right car seat for your child

One of the reasons that children are meant to ride in car seats is because of the safety they provide in a crash. Most child passengers are required to remain in safety seats until they are large enough to sit in a passenger seat with the seat belt fastened correctly. Once the seat belt fits without the use of a booster seat, children can use safety belts on their own.

Choosing the correct car or booster seat is an important part of your child's safety in a car crash. Here's a little more about the safety seats you should use.

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