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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.

Woman gets justice through new legislation on unsecured loads

Unsecured loads are some of the most dangerous. When a truck or commercial vehicle has an unsecured load, it's possible that it could fall off the back of the truck or roll into the roadway. This could lead to accidents, injuries and deaths.

If a vehicle follows closely behind a truck that has an unsecured load, a car with a load strapped loosely to the top or any vehicle with any load that isn't secured tightly, there is a high risk of the load falling off. At high speeds, these become projectiles that can literally kill drivers by piercing through their windshields. Some items, especially larger ones, can lead to rollover crashes as they knock the vehicle off balance.

Man's death leads to wrongful death lawsuit in Alaska

A family in Alaska has filed a lawsuit against Alaskan authorities for the wrongful death of a loved one. According to a news report from Sept. 13, the police were involved in a shooting that occurred on Christmas Eve in 2017. A young man was killed after he was shot by Alaska State Troopers and the Fairbanks Police.

The family of the man has stated that it has become more difficult to gain access to information about the shooting. They believe that the lawsuit will go to the federal level. It is their wish to obtain body-cam footage, medical records, police reports and any other information or evidence collected on the day of the shooting.

Why are recreational vehicles prone to accidents?

Having your own recreational vehicle is a dream you've had for years. Now that you have one, it's important that you take precautions to stay safe on the roads. Before you ever drive, make sure that you understand the differences in these vehicles compared to traditional cars and trucks.

RVs are much larger than many traditional vehicles. People often get into accidents because of the size and weight of the RV. Keep your RVs height handy so that you don't accidentally hit a low bridge, for example, and know how much clearance do you need.

What happens if there isn't enough insurance coverage?

An accident with a motorist who doesn't have enough insurance is a problem that many victims have to face. They may have little choice but to turn to their own insurance for coverage or to sue the driver who hit them. As a victim, it's your right to know if the other party does or doesn't have insurance, so you can begin a claim.

Some people don't like to cause trouble for others, so they may not speak up if there is no coverage. Don't be that person. It's your right to receive compensation if you've been hurt by another party. If that person doesn't have enough coverage, you can then decide what you want to do.

Childhood injuries cost billions each year

Children who are hurt suffer in many ways physically and mentally, but they also have economic issues to deal with. As they age, they may have a lesser ability to work or bring in an income, and socially, they may have longer bouts of isolation or difficulty being part of a group.

What's most important in terms of support is making sure that children who get hurt have the financial support needed to survive later in life. Even if it's just an amount of money that compensates them for a shorter period of time, it needs to be enough to make a difference.

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