If you’ve sustained injuries in an Alaska truck accident, contact the The Law Office of Jason Skala for reliable legal representation.
Being injured in any type of traffic accident is always a nerve-wracking and painful experience. However, being involved and injured in an accident with a commercial truck can be even worse than being involved in an accident with another passenger vehicle. Over 4,900 people lost their lives in commercial truck accidents in the United States in 2018. Accidents involving large commercial trucks in Alaska such as 18-wheelers almost always result in severe, life-threatening injuries or in worst-case scenarios, fatal injuries for the occupants of the lighter, smaller vehicle. Severe injuries oftentimes occur due to the vulnerability of a smaller vehicle when faced against a much larger, much heavier commercial truck. Most of the deaths that occur in these types of accidents in Alaska are those who were in the smaller passenger vehicle. Truck breaking capabilities can also be a factor in commercial truck accidents, as large and loaded tractor-trailers can take 20-40% longer than average passenger vehicles to come to a complete stop.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a commercial truck accident in Anchorage or throughout Alaska that resulted in serious injury or wrongful death, The Law Office of Jason Skala can help.
Jason Skala is a highly skilled commercial truck accident attorney in Anchorage with over a decade of experience in successfully litigating truck accident claims and awarding claimants the maximum compensation amount available for their particular case. Contact The Law Office of Jason Skala at (907) 569-6633 today if you wish to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim due to your involvement in a commercial truck accident, or another type of accident.
There are more than eleven million commercial trucks operating in the United States at any given time. Many of these trucks are being operated under hazardous circumstances, as their drivers are often overworked and overtired, not to mention a percentage of them are usually carrying hazardous materials. In the year 2016, there were a total of 475,000 large truck crashes reported in the United States–with driver error accounting for nearly 90% of them. About one fourth of commercial truck drivers have fallen asleep while driving according to a recent study.
With a large number of drivers utilizing crowded highways to get from point A to point B in Alaska, all it takes is one overtired truck driver to alter your life in an instant. Commercial trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than an average passenger car, which will undoubtedly magnify the consequences and impact of an accident.
In the event that you or someone you love has been involved and injured in a traffic accident in Anchorage that involved a commercial truck, retaining the assistance of an experienced Anchorage truck accident lawyer becomes imperative. Due to the fact that truck drivers are usually insured, having an attorney in your corner as soon as possible after your crash will ensure that your claim is handled in a professional manner. Dealing with all the different types of insurance in a trucking accident in Anchorage can be very complicated as the truck and trailer are usually insured by different companies. An attorney will know how to go about negotiations with these insurance companies and take this burden off of your hands.
There can be a lot of confusion that arises immediately following a commercial truck crash in Anchorage or throughout Alaska. It is important to ensure that the authorities as well as any emergency crews that may be needed are called right away in order to assist with any resulting injuries.
Extensive notes and statements from all parties involved will be taken down by the police upon their arrival at the crash scene. These will be very helpful in providing the proper evidence necessary in order to prove your injuries in court if need be. If you are able, you may also want to document as much as you can from the crash scene, including witness statements and photos of the damage to your vehicle and your injuries as well as any injuries any of your passengers may have sustained. This can help ensure that anything the police may have missed will still be documented.
As soon as possible after your truck collision in Anchorage or a surrounding city, you should contact an attorney to get started on your claim. Jason Skala at the Law Office of Jason Skala is a personal injury lawyer in Anchorage who specializes in personal injury, commercial truck litigation, and wrongful death claims. Whatever type of counsel you are seeking after your truck accident, Jason Skala is the lawyer for you.
Truck accidents can take place for a multitude of different reasons, most of them involving driver negligence. The top four causes of commercial truck accidents in Alaska include:
Commercial trucks, which are sometimes referred to as 18 wheelers or big rigs, can weigh around 80,000 pounds or more. This is approximately 20 times the weight of an average passenger car. Regardless of safety regulations that state that commercial truck drivers should not drive over 10 hours per day, they are often faced with monetary incentives that encourage them to drive farther which can directly threaten the safety of other drivers on the road.
Accidents between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks are extremely different. Some of the most common differences between commercial truck crashes and passenger vehicle crashes include:
There are a large number of variables that come into play when you or a loved one of yours is injured in a commercial truck accident. There are also a considerable amount of resources utilized by trucking companies as well as their insurers, which means that hiring a lawyer may be your only way to collect full and fair financial compensation. Getting a consultation and case evaluation is always a smart first step to take when deciding whether you should hire a lawyer. The Law Office of Jason Skala offers free case evaluations as well as consultations and works on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no upfront costs or fees associated with our services. We only get paid if you do.
At the Law Office of Jason Skala, not only is Jason Skala highly familiar with the many tactics often utilized by insurance adjusters and companies in order to reduce the amount of financial compensation you receive, but he also boasts a far-reaching network of expert witnesses as well as investigators who will thoroughly investigate each and every aspect of your case. Following your accident, the trucking company involved will immediately begin investigations of the crash to see how they can shift liability. State authorities can also conduct their own investigation of your crash, which may serve to be helpful to your claim depending on the circumstances of your accident. As soon as you decide to work with The Law Office of Jason Skala, the personal injury team will go to work examining each and every aspect of your claim.
Contact The Law Office of Jason Skala in Anchorage today if you or a loved one have been involved and injured in a serious truck accident in Anchorage or throughout Alaska. Jason Skala serves the cities of Barrow, Pt. Hope, Pt. Lay, and Anuktuvak Pass, among others. Call our law firm at (907) 569-6633 for a free consultation and case evaluation to see if you qualify for financial compensation for your injuries and losses. We hold a firm belief that no one should ever have to pay for being injured or losing a loved one to a negligent driver on the road. Contact our law firm for help with your Alaska truck accident claim today.
We help good people after bad accidents. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, then call our Anchorage office location today. You can get a free consultation with a lawyer and pay nothing unless you win. Call 907-569-6633 to arrange an appointment, or fill out an easy online form.