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What causes wrongful deaths in Alaska?

Alaska has many hazards, some of which could lead to serious injuries and deaths. Alaska has a rate of 49 deaths per 100,000 people. That's a rate that is around 20 percent greater than anywhere else in the United States.

Why do so many people end up getting hurt? It all comes down to the natural hazards and remote areas where it can be hard to get help. Here are a few things to think about.

One of the first ways a person could end up dying in Alaska is by falling through thin ice. A person could accidentally fall into an area that isn't blocked off. For instance, a child could walk onto a snow-covered lake and end up drowning. In many cases, home or property owners need to make sure others are aware of hazards like frozen lakes and take steps to prevent them from entering the lake. Placing a warning sign in front of a dock could help prevent people from walking onto a pond or lake on your property.

Another way people die as a result of negligence or mistakes is in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents. ATVs are designed for one or two passengers, depending on the make and model. Carrying more passengers or weight than recommended or driving dangerously could result in a driver being held accountable for a wrongful death or serious injury.

These are just two of many ways people get hurt and killed in Alaska. If you lose a loved one, remember that your family may have a right to file a wrongful death case and to seek compensation.

Source: National Geographic, "10 Ways to Die in Alaska," Patrick J. Kiger, accessed March 21, 2018

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