The Alaska Injury Surveillance Report 2011 (revised July 2012) contains some sobering statistics on the trends of motor vehicle crash injuries in this state. From 2005 through 2009, injuries from motor vehicle traffic accidents were the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in Alaska. (The leading cause was suicide; the second leading cause was accidental poisoning.) Other transport related injuries were the sixth leading cause.
For transport accident deaths, by far the greatest number of fatalities occurred in the 15- to 24-year-old age group. And while the percentage of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities decreased between 2000 and 2009, the percentages are still disturbingly high for the last year at 37% and 41% respectively. The report notes, "Unintentional injuries have been shown to have a strong association with alcohol and substance abuse. . . . Motor vehicle male crash victims are half again as likely as female victims to have alcohol mentioned: 29% compared with 20%."
If you or someone you know has had the misfortune of being involved in an accident with a driver who was under the influence, you are doubtless in the midst of a nightmare. Suffering and loss may be only the beginning; proving the other party responsible for your injuries can be a daunting task even in cases that seem self-evident. Witnesses lie or destroy evidence; authorities responsible for fact-gathering may not always canvass adequately.
You need a competent, experienced team of attorneys on your side to defend your rights. Power & Brown, LLC, are Alaska injury lawyers who have recovered millions of dollars for clients' injuries due to negligence or impairment. They have the knowledge and expertise to recover monetary damages for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been in an accident, time is of the essence. Don't wait; contact personal injury lawyers Power and Brown today.