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Death and Injury on the Stirling Highway in Alaska. Honeycutt killed. Cox injured. Take these legal steps.

The Alaska State Troopers reported today that the Sterling Highway in Alaska claimed another victim and injured two more in a head-on collision. Linda Honeycutt, 52 of Kasilof was apparently driving one of the two vehicles involved. She was killed. Daniel Cox, 64, of Eagle River was also apparently driving. He was badly injured. The third victim, a passenger in Mr. Cox’s vehicle, is a Hawaii resident. He was unnamed. Here are what needs to be done to protect related legal rights…

First, determine who was at fault. Listen to the police investigators, they normally get it right. Get a copy of the police report ASAP. Be sure to order all related photographs as well. It is amazing how many times the related photos are “lost.”

Second, keep and eye on the two year Statute of Limitations found in Alaska Statute 09.10.070, relating to personal injury and wrongful death:

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, a person may not bring an action (1) for libel, slander, assault, battery, seduction, or false imprisonment, (2) for personal injury or death, or injury to the rights of another not arising on contract and not specifically provided otherwise; (3) for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, including an action for its specific recovery; (4) upon a statute for a forfeiture or penalty to the state; or (5) upon a liability created by statute, other than a penalty or forfeiture; unless the action is commenced within two years of the accrual of the cause of action.

Third, review the Alaska Administrative Code at Title 13, Chapter 2. It contains the “Rules of the Road” for driving accidents like this. Specifically, find out exactly what Ms. Honeycutt and/or Mr. Cox did to cause this crash – if anything. One of them is almost certainly at fault. Under Alaska Statute AS 09.17.080, they could both be at fault – a little. The only person who is likely without blame is the passenger from Hawaii.

Fourth, do not speak with insurance companies until after you’ve talked to an attorney. This is VERY important. Insurance companies are well-trained to take “statements” where they ask questions that ensure your claim will be denied.

Finally, we hope and pray for the best outcome – and send our condolences to all parties and families. Having lost a brother in a motor vehicle wreck, I have some idea how it feels to be in this position. Stay tough. It gets better.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

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